Aberdeen apartment fire displaces 11 people

Eleven of the 18 occupants of an apartment complex on Arthur Street in Aberdeen were displaced by a two-alarm fire on Saturday morning, Oct. 23.

Aberdeen and Hoquiam firefighters were alerted to the blaze at the Edgewater Apartments at 1210 Arthur St., between Stewart Field and the Wishkah River, shortly before 7 a.m.

“Upon arrival, units found a large two-story apartment complex with smoke and flame venting from an apartment,” said Aberdeen Battalion Chief Dave Swinhart. “Firefighters were able to contain the fire to two apartments on the second floor.”

The apartment building contained 12 total apartments, with a total of 18 occupants — eight of the apartments suffered damage from fire, smoke or water, displacing 11 of the occupants, said Swinhart.

“The displaced occupants received assistance from the American Red Cross,” said Swinhart. “The remaining four apartments were not damaged and seven occupants were able to return to their apartments.”

A total of 16 Aberdeen firefighters, five Hoquiam firefighters, and five Grays Harbor Fire District 2 firefighters responded in six engines, one ladder truck, one rescue, and four ambulances. The Aberdeen Police Department was also on-scene assisting with the safe and timely evacuation of the apartment building occupants,” said Swinhart.

The fire took about an hour and a half to bring under control, said Swinhart. The cause of the fire is under investigation.