• Five jump from balconies to escape apartment fire

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A family of four, including two children, and a man had to jump from the balcony of their second-story Federal Way apartments to escape a fire Friday morning.

    The fire broke out just before 7 a.m. at the four-unit building in the 100 block of South 339th Circle.

    All four family members were hurt. Two were taken to Harborview Medical Center and two were taken to another hospital. The children in the family are about 10 and 16 years old.

    Witnesses say a man also had to jump from a balcony to escape, but he was not hurt.

    In all, six people were hurt. Five were taken to hospitals, and eight people were displaced.

    The fifth person who was taken to the hospital was a woman who had respiratory issues.

    The building does not have sprinklers and is not required to because of its small size.

    Investigators said the fire was caused by unattended cooking.

    KIRO 7 Reporter Michael Spears is speaking to witnesses as well as the man who jumped and will have a live report during our noon newscast.

     

     


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