Five Residents Displaced After Pullman Apartment Complex Destroyed By Fire
PULLMAN, WA - Five people were displaced after a fire destroyed a four-plex apartment building on Military Hill in Pullman Friday evening. According to a press release, firefighters responded to the 100 block of NW Stadium Way at around 8:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a structure that was fully involved in flames.
"Pullman police officers arrived first on the scene and had to break down the door of one of the units to wake up the resident and get him out of the building. Officers also made sure that several other residents were free from the building," the press release states.
The apartment unit is located on a hillside with several residential roads leading to the area. Incident commander Eric Reiber said getting the best access to the structure was the first challenge. The fire appeared to have started in a lower unit and then quickly spread to an upstairs apartment. Firefighters from both Pullman and Whitman County Rural District 12 were able to keep the fire from spreading to the other downstairs unit," the press release adds.
From the Pullman Fire Department:
Fire Marshal Chris Wehrung was on the scene to attempt to determine the cause. After assessing the damage, he called for a city building inspector to determine if the structure was even safe to occupy.
The American Red Cross was called to help find shelter for several residents. Two other residents said they would be staying with friends.
Wehrung said the cause at this time is undetermined and he said the extent of damage was extensive but the dollar figure will come later after meeting with the owner and representatives from the insurance company.
There were no injuries.