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Fire damages apartment building in Olympia that had no alarms or sprinkler system

Fire damaged an apartment building on Cherry Street in Olympia on Saturday, and fire officials discovered later that the building didn’t have a fire alarm or sprinkler system, according to the Olympia Fire Department.
Fire damaged an apartment building on Cherry Street in Olympia on Saturday, and fire officials discovered later that the building didn’t have a fire alarm or sprinkler system, according to the Olympia Fire Department. Courtesy

Fire damaged a three-story apartment building on Cherry Street in Olympia on Saturday afternoon, and fire officials discovered later that the building didn’t have a fire alarm or sprinkler system.

According to the Olympia Fire Department on Saturday, no one was hurt in the fire, although there was enough damage that potentially all of the residents will be displaced. Fire officials are working with the Red Cross to help those residents, according to a news release.

On Sunday, however, the fire department said via social media that nine of the building’s 16 apartments could be reoccupied.

About 3 p.m. Saturday, Olympia fire crews were dispatched to the fire in the 1000 block of Cherry Street Southeast. They arrived to find flames visible in a second-floor apartment, which also extended to the apartment above it on the third floor and to the roof of the building.

Initial property damage was estimated at $400,000.

Olympia fire was assisted by Lacey Fire District 3.

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