Firefighters from the Riverside Fire Authority used a ladder to rescue two children trapped by a blaze at a Centralia apartment complex early this morning.
The two-alarm fire was reported at about midnight in the 1400 block of Lewis St. near Plummer Lake at about midnight.
“A large amount of fire was found coming from an apartment on the first floor of the 2 story apartment building,” according to a press release from the RFA. “Fire had extended to the balcony of the second floor apartments resulting in 5 occupants trapped including two young children. The children were rescued via ladder and the adults were able to walk out after the fire was under control.”
No smoke detectors were present, according to the Riverside Fire Authority.
A total of seven occupants from two different apartments were displaced. They were assisted by the American Red Cross, which has set up a shelter at the Oakview Grange for those displaced by the blaze.
Five units were damaged at the complex, according to the property’s managers.
The fire is currently under investigation by the Centralia Police Department and Riverside Fire Authority joint Fire Investigation Team.
RFA public information officer Capt. Scott Weinert said he didn’t have any information Wednesday morning about a suspected cause or location in the building where the fire is believed to have started.
No injuries were reported.
More than two dozen firefighters from the RFA, the Chehalis Fire Department, Lewis County Fire District 6, Lewis County Fire District 5, the West Thurston Fire Authority worked to extinguish the fire. The Centralia Police Department and the Washington State Patrol also responded.
This story will be updated.