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The Today File

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October 3, 2014 at 4:36 AM

2 injured escaping from Kent apartment fire

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Kent firefighters examine the remains of an apartment in Kent where two people were injured early Friday morning when they jumped from a third-floor balcony to escape the flames. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

 

apartment-fire-kent-cUpdated at 8:24 a.m.: Firefighters are still mopping up an apartment fire in Kent where two people were injured early Friday when they jumped from a third-floor balcony to escape the flames.

At least six families were displaced by the fire, said Deputy Fire Marshall Don Barberie. Several other apartments may be affected by smoke and water damage.

The Red Cross is arranging temporary housing, Barberie said.

The man and woman who were injured in the jump are being treated at an area hospital.

The fire broke out at about 2:15 am at the Mosaic Hills apartments in the 23600 block of 108th Avenue Southwest. It quickly escalated with 15 fire trucks, aid cars and ladder trucks on the scene from the Kent, Renton and Tukwila fire departments.

The building contains 18 apartments.

Barberie said the fire was extinguished by 4:40 am.

Investigators will look for a cause after the building has cooled down.

Original post: A man and a woman suffered broken bones after they jumped to escape the fire.

KING-TV reports the two people jumped from a third-floor balcony. Both have been hospitalized.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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