A man suffered smoke inhalation while trying to rescue a cat and several apartments were damaged in a fire on Wednesday evening in the 300 block of South Second Street in Elma, according to fire officials.
The blaze was reported at 5:23 p.m.
Before crews arrived, a male relative of an apartment tenant went into the fire in an attempt to retrieve a cat, according to Brian Baldwin with Grays Harbor Fire District 5. The man was transported to Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma for smoke inhalation and a precautionary evaluation, Baldwin said.
“The cat was later rescued by firefighters, with the apartment manager looking after its care,” stated a joint news release from Elma Fire and Grays Harbor District 5.
The fire could be seen from U.S Route 12.
“Dispatch had multiple callers reporting the fire and smoke going over the roadway/highway,” stated the news release.
An upstairs apartment was destroyed, a lower apartment sustained heavy water damages and two other apartments have minor smoke damage.
Crews from Elma Fire, Grays Harbor Fire District 5, Grays Harbor Fire District 2, McCleary Fire and Grays Harbor Fire District 12 responded to the scene. The fire was knocked down and contained to the single apartment by 5:57 p.m., officials said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.