Olympia Firefighters responded to a fire alarm activation at 3730 14th Ave. SE at 11:04 pm. The engine company arrived 6 minutes later and, investigating the alarm, found a fire in the kitchen area of a large three story senior retirement apartment building. The officer upgraded to a commercial fire response which added four engines, two ladder trucks, one aid unit, two medic units and a command unit. Two units from Lacey Fire Department assisted in this incident.
Upon further investigation, the first-in engine company found one sprinkler head of the fire sprinkler system operating and a small amount of fire still burning in the corner of the facility’s kitchen. The remaining fire was quickly extinguished and the fire sprinkler system was shut down. Unneeded fire units were returned to service quickly and all units cleared the scene by 12:15 am.
Damage is estimated at $25,000, but the amount could exceed that figure. Had the building not been protected with fire sprinklers, the fire would have been far more serious. No residents or firefighters were injured and all occupants were able to stay in the building.
It appeared the cause of the fire may have been cleaning rags in a waste container in the kitchen that spontaneously combusted and began to burn spreading to other materials nearby.
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