Fire at Kirkland apartment sends one to the hospital, nine families displaced

An apartment fire sent one Kirkland resident to the hospital and killed a family pet early Saturday morning, as nine families were displaced by the blaze.

The injured resident of the Forbes Creek Apartments escaped the blaze with burn injuries but had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

The two-alarm fire also took the life of a dog.

The call was received by Kirkland dispatch at 3:3o a.m. and crews responded to the apartment complex in the 10,000 block of 113th Court NE. No firefighters were injured in the response.

“A resident of the building was awakened by the fire, and alerted the other inhabitants of the building for evacuation,” city of Kirkland spokeswoman Kathy Cummings said in a release.

Firefighters from Station 21 were the first on scene, arriving within minutes. Crews observed heavy flames exiting multiple sides of the building.

“Units from Station 27 arrived shortly, called for a second alarm, and initiated an attack on the fire from the rear of the building,” Cummings said.

The fire was contained within 15 minutes and all apartment units were searched and cleared.

The displaced residents were attended to on scene.

“The Red Cross is working with the families and management of the apartment complex said that all families would be temporarily located within other units in the complex,” Cummings said.

One cat was rescued but two other cats are reported missing.

Units from Bellevue, Bothell, Woodinville and Redmond also responded to the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation according to the Kirkland Fire Department.