Olympia fire crews were dispatched to the 1400 block of Fones Road around 12:35 a.m. Thursday after 911 dispatch received multiple calls reporting a fire from one side of a 10-unit building at the Bellwether Apartments, according to dispatchers with 911, and a press release from the City of Olympia.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at 12:40 a.m., and found fire in the back of the building, extending up the outside wall to the attic spaces and roof. All the residents of the building had evacuated.
Crews arriving first reported heavy fire and smoke from the interior of two apartments, the back wall of the structure, the attic and the roof.
According to the release, A second alarm was called for additional resources. Fire spread throughout the attic, and the center four apartments of the building received significant structural damage from the fire. The remainder of the apartments received minimal smoke or water damage.
The building had fire alarms but no fire sprinklers. Neighboring buildings in the complex were not damaged.
Response included four Olympia engine companies, one ladder company, two medic units, and a command unit.
Lacey Fire District 3 initially sent one engine and a ladder truck, but the second alarm brought additional units from Lacey, Tumwater, and Fire District 6.
One resident was treated for minor smoke inhalation and transported to the hospital. Firefighters will remain on the scene to complete overhaul and begin the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
Property and contents loss is estimated at over $1,000,000.
Management at the complex and the American Red Cross were working to care for the displaced residents. For further information contact Olympia Fire Department 360-753-8348.