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3-Alarm Fire Engulfs Apartment Complex in Burien Monday; At Least 88 Displaced

Burien fire official looks over the scene of Monday's apartment fire in Burien. Photo courtesy Dave Nelson. [1]

Burien fire official looks over the scene of Monday’s apartment fire in Burien. Photo courtesy Dave Nelson, Skyway Fire Dept. Public Information Officer.

UPDATE TUESDAY 1/29/13 10 a.m.: The cause of Monday’s blaze at the Tra-Lee apartment complex in Burien has been determined to be a faulty baseboard heater, according to Doug Luedeman of the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department.

“The apartment complex was recently retrofitted with an alarm system that gave residents an early alert,” Fire Chief Mike Marrs told The B-Town Blog. “That everyone evacuated the building safely can probably be attributed to it.”

There were no injuries to apartment residents or firefighters.

“While all 24 units are totally unoccupiable, it is possible that about half of the apartments, on the north end of the building, can be reoccupied later this week,” Marrs added.

A Red Cross shelter has been set up at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, and 37 displaced victims of the fire stayed there Monday night, and will be for the next few days. If you’re interested in helping, right now the best method would be to donate online here [2] to the Seattle Red Cross, and earmark your donation to the Tra-Lee Burien Apartment Fire so it gets channeled to these local victims.

The 3-alarm fire engulfed three floors of the apartment complex on Ambaum Blvd. SW near SW 124th in Burien Monday afternoon (Jan. 28) around 4:30 p.m.

Here are some photos taken by Scott Schaefer on scene Tuesday morning (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
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UPDATE 9:30 p.m.: Pastor Tobin Wilson reports that 88 people that were displaced by the fire are spending the night at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.

Here are the basics from Skyway F.D. PIO Dave Nelson:

We’ll update this post as we learn more…

VIDEO: Here’s a video courtesy our friends at KING5:

Here are some iPhone photos taken on scene by Scott Schaefer:

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