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Pullman apartment fire displaces 5 residents

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An apartment fire leaves up to five Pullman residents without their homes. When fire officials arrived on scene one person was still inside.

On Friday, Pullman Fire Department was called to an apartment unit on the 100 block of Northwest Stadium Way. The building was engulfed in flames, and one person was still inside. Firefighters’ knocked down a door to get that person out. He was asleep when the structure was in flames.

The fire started in the bottom of the building and quickly spread throughout. There is no official cause yet, but fire officials have an idea to what it might be.

“All investigations are leading towards an electrical problem, either failing with the wiring, or an appliance, or the handling of the electricity, and how it was managed in the apartment,” said Assistant Chief Ryan Scharnhorst. “It is related back to electricity, so one of those would be the cause of the fire, but accidental in nature.”

The residents living inside were all forced to find other places to stay. The Red Cross is providing aid, and some who lived inside are living with friends. There may be up to five people displaced.

Investigators are still trying to determine the extent of the damage, because of water and flame damage inside the building. They are also trying to determine the estimated cost of the damages.

Pullman fire expects a complete report with the official cause and damage estimates to be made public sometime in the next 48 hours.

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