Yakima Apartment Fire Displaces Four Families

An apartment fire displaces 16 residents from four units in Yakima Wednesday night.

The fire began a little after eight o'clock at an apartment complex at 10th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Neighbors and residents of the apartments watched from the street as firefighters doused the flames that engulfed the roof.

Four units in the building have damage, two from the second story have fire damage while the two units below are damaged by water.

The family living in the apartment where the fire began reported first hearing their smoke detector and saw a fan in the bathroom melt off of the ceiling.

As of now the fire department is calling the cause under investigation but is citing the attic as the point of origin.

Pacific Power began working to restore power to the four units in the building not effected by fire or water damage after initially cutting off power to the damaged units,that could only be done by shutting off power to all eight units in the building.

Firefighters said a ladder set up on the backside of the building was "invaluable" in fighting the flames because it gave them easy access to where the flames were in the roof.

Red Cross was on scene to provide immediate relief to the tenants evacuated and will help with the nine adults and seven children displaced.

Damage is estimated at $300,000.