2 people rescued from Federal Way apartment building during 3-alarm fire

A firefighter was taken to hospital with heat-related injuries.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Firefighters rescued two people as a three-alarm fire ripped through an apartment building on Federal Way on Wednesday afternoon.

One of those rescued was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. A firefighter was also taken to the hospital with heat-related injuries, according to South King Fire.

A dog was also treated after being rescued.

A 911 call came in just before 4:30 p.m. for people trapped in one of the residential units at Block 35200 of 21st Avenue SW.

Patricia Flores lives in the complex and was getting ready for work when she saw smoke and heard screams.

“I went outside and saw the smoke getting worse, then I heard our friend Jordan scream for help and when I got to the other side his whole window was on fire,” Flores said.

The people who live there quickly jumped into action. Lamour Burke rescued a woman trapped on her second floor balcony.

“I ran over, I could see her on the balcony, desperately trying to get back in, and I think to save her pets, and I yelled out at her, don’t go back in,” Burke said.

“I encouraged her to jump to me, but she was scared on the second floor, so I guided her downstairs and helped her land softly and not hurt herself,” Burke said.

Burke said he was just thinking of what he could do to help.

“It’s about being part of the community. I live here and I want someone to do the same for me. It’s about leading by example,” Burke said.

Neighbors are now stepping in to start a Go-fund me for those who have lost everything.

“To be so close to them and to see all the tears and crying and asking for help broke my heart. So anything I can do to help them,” Flores said.

16 units were directly affected, with residents from a total of 36 units deemed uninhabitable cooperating with the Red Cross.

The city of Federal Way is working with the Red Cross to open the community center to provide temporary housing for 20 displaced people, according to South King Fire.

Apparently the fire started on the second floor and spread from there. However, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

CLOCK: Antennas from the apartment fire on Federal Way

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