Resident dies in Olympia apartment fire

Staff writerApril 30, 2014 

An apartment fire killed one resident Wednesday on Olympia’s West Side, the city’s fire department said. They responded to the blaze at the five-story building about 7 p.m. at 420 Sherman Street Southwest.

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An apartment fire killed one resident Wednesday on Olympia’s west side, the city’s fire department said.

They responded to the blaze at the five-story building about 7 p.m. at 420 Sherman Street Southwest.

Firefighters saw smoke and fire coming from the second floor, and evacuating residents reported that there was a person in the room with the fire, deputy fire chief Greg Wright said.

“The first arriving unit went to the second floor, attempting to rescue the individual,” he said. “Upon entering and finding the resident, it was apparent that the person did not survive the fire.”

Wright did not know whether the resident was a man or a woman. Officials had not yet released the person’s name or age, pending notification of next of kin.

What caused the fire was still being investigated, Wright said.

The resident’s unit was the only one damaged in the blaze, he said.

The masonry building was constructed in 1924, as the old St. Peter Hospital, and was later converted into about 100 apartment units, Wright said.

He said the building has a fire alarm system, but no sprinklers.

The fire was out at 7:16 p.m. No one else was hurt in the blaze, and no residents were displaced.

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