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Fire that damaged 12 apartments, destroyed cars in Renton reignites overnight

Firefighters responded to Fairwood Landing Apartments Thursday morning after a three-alarm fire that started Wednesday flared back up.

RENTON, Wash. — A three-alarm fire that damaged 12 apartment units and destroyed multiple cars Wednesday in Renton reignited early Thursday morning.

Firefighters returned to the Fairwood Landing Apartments for a “working commercial fire” just before 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Zone3 Fire REHAB tweeted.

Smoke could still be seen coming from the roof around 5:45 a.m. as fire crews were still on the scene putting out hot spots. Officials said the fire was extinguished by 7:30 a.m. 

No one was inside the building at the time.

Firefighters first responded to the apartment complex on the 14000 block of Southeast 177th Street around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for a reported car fire. When firefighters arrived, they found multiple cars and the apartment building on fire, according to the Renton Firefighters Local 864.

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Crews on scene reported fire on the second story of the apartment building and requested backup. The firefighters' union attributed the quick spread of the fire to the dry, hot weather.

Twelve units in the building are damaged and can't be occupied, according to Zone 3 Public Information Officer Eric Autry. The American Red Cross is working to help those who are displaced find shelter. 

It's estimated that seven cars were damaged or destroyed in the blaze. There were 29 different fire apparatuses from four different departments responding to the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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