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The Today File

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November 6, 2014 at 11:02 PM

1 killed, 1 injured in Fremont apartment building fire

A male patient with non-life-threatening second- and third-degree burns to his hands is escorted by medics at the scene of a 2-alarm fire at the Gracey Apartments at 201NW 39th St. in Fremont on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Seattle Fire Department PIO Kyle Moore said the first call came in at about 10:40, and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire at about 11:37. Two male burn victims, found outside the apartment, were transported to Harborview. One patient, in his 80s, had 80% burns and was in critical condition, while another younger male patient had second- and third-degree burns to his hands that are non-life-threatening. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

A male patient with non-life-threatening second- and third-degree burns to his hands is escorted by medics at the scene of a 2-alarm fire at an apartment building in Fremont on Thursday.  (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE 11:40 a.m.

Seattle police say that a 58-year-old man who suffered second and third-degree burns on his hands during an apartment fire in Fremont Thursday night was injured trying to save an elderly neighbor who was on fire.

The 81-year-old man who suffered burns to 95 percent of his body died hours after the fire, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

Police spokesman Drew Fowler said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fowler said that investigators have determined that the manufacturing of drugs is not believed to be cause of the blaze.

UPDATE 8:45 a.m. | An 81-year-old man who was severely burned in an apartment fire in Fremont on Thursday night has died at Harborview Medical Center, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

“The man suffered burns on 95 percent of his body,” said Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore.

Moore said that when fire crews were called to the three-story apartment in the 200 block of Northwest 39th Street at 10:40 p.m., “flames were shooting out of the second and third floor of the apartment complex.”

“The flames were threatening two other apartment buildings, both of those buildings were evacuated,” Moore said.

Firefighter/paramedics found the 80-year-old burn victim and another man “with second and third degree burns on his hands” outside the burning apartment building, Moore said.

It’s likely the man who suffered burns on his hands was hurt pulling the elderly man to safety, Moore said.

Seattle police said the second man is 58.

“We’re trying to figure out how he’s related to this whole thing,” Moore said.

Both men were taken to Harborview.

Moore said firefighters believe the fire started in an apartment in the second floor.

It’s not clear where or how the blaze started, but Seattle Fire, assisted by Seattle Police Arson and Bomb Squad, is investigating, Moore said.

Moore said there was $200,000 worth of damage to the building and $50,000 in personal property loss.

UPDATE: Friday, 6 a.m. | The 80-year-old victim, who suffered burns over 80 percent of his body in the Fremont fire, remains in critical condition, according to reports from KIRO.

More than 90 firefighters fought the fire just before midnight in the three-story building.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, but witnesses reported hearing loud bangs before seeing the blaze, KIRO reports.

Seattle Fire Department PIO Kyle Moore said the first call came in at about 10:40 p.m. Thursday, and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire at about 11:37 p.m.

UPDATE: Thursday, 11:12 p.m. | Two people were injured in the Fremont apartment building fire, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

One male, a man in his 80s, has burns on 80 percent of his body, spokesman Kyle Moore said. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. The other person has second- and third-degree burns that are non-life-threatening.

The fire in the three-story building is under control, Moore said.

ORIGINAL POST: Officials are responding to a two-alarm fire in a Fremont apartment building.

One person has burns, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The building is in the 200 block of Northwest 39th Street.

This post will be updated.

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