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December 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

2 apartment units destroyed, dog dies in Sunday morning fire

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: The cause of the Beacon Hill apartment fire was improper use of extension cords, Seattle Fire Department says. They estimate $240,000 in damage.

The power had been shut off to one of the units, so the family put a hole through the floor and were using a plug in the laundry room to power their apartment with a series of extension cords, Stangl said. She said she is unsure how long that set up had been in place.

Original post: Two apartment units were destroyed and a dog died in a fire at 3939 15th Avenue South early Sunday morning. No people were injured.

As the Seattle Fire Department trucks responded to multiple calls reporting the fire, the crews could see a large column of black smoke above the building, said Lt. Sue Stangl of the Seattle Fire Department.

The 16-unit apartment building was evacuated, and the fire was contained to two units on the backside of the building. Four dogs and three people occupied those units, which are now uninhabitable, Stangl said.

Firefighters worked for 35 minutes to contain the fire. The cause is still being investigated.

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