By Jenny Sharp, Captain, West Pierce Fire District 2
Lakewood, Wash. – At approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, West Pierce Fire & Rescue responded to reports of an apartment fire at 8100 Sherwood Forest Street SW. Crews arrived to light smoke coming from a second-story unit.
The fire started on the exterior of the building and spread to the eaves and attic area. Firefighters were quickly able to contain the fire to prevent it from spreading to the rest of the building. Due to the roof damage, approximately 20 occupants of this 6-plex were displaced. Red Cross is assisting those people at this time. There were no injuries during this incident and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
ADDENDUM: Red Cross Aids Lakewood Families Devastated by Multi-Unit Apt Fire
Local American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter volunteers were dispatched to the scene of a multi-unit apartment fire in Lakewood on the evening of Tuesday, June 14, 2011. A total of 6 units were destroyed and approximately 25 people have been displaced from their homes due to the devastating blaze. The Red Cross is working each of the families to determine their immediate emergency needs such as temporary shelter, groceries, emotional support, and referrals to community resources. The Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter located at Olympic View Baptist Church, 4707 Elwood Drive West, University Place, WA 98466 for the resident unable to return to their homes.
One of the best ways to support the work of the American Red Cross and help disaster victims is through a financial donation. It is the fastest and most effective way to assist families affected by a disaster and provides for the most flexible use of resources. For those families in our community who have been devastated by disaster, your generous support and compassionate financial contribution to the Red Cross offers them HOPE. The Red Cross is not a government agency.
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by the voluntary donations of time and money from community members. Contributions may be sent to your American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter, 1235 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409 or by calling (253) 474-0400. Internet users can make a secure on-line contribution by visiting www.rainier-redcross.org.