• Fire causes more than $1 million in damages to Olympia apartments


    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Residents in nine apartment units have been displaced after an early morning two-alarm fire at Bellwether Apartments, located on the 1400 block of Fones Road Southeast in Olympia.

    Fire crews were called to the scene just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday. They arrived to heavy smoke and fire extending to the back of the building and up to the attic. All 10 of the building's units were damaged.

    One resident was treated for minor smoke inhalation and transported to the hospital. Two cats died in the blaze.

    More than $1 million of damages was done to the building. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

    The Red Cross is providing assistance to all of those who have been displaced by the fire.

    The owners of the complex say they plan to rebuild. The 20-year-old building did not have fire sprinklers. Those would be a requirement for the rebuild.

    Firefighters say sprinklers could have reduced the amount of damage significantly.

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