3-Alarm Fire Guts Historic Building On Main Street In Auburn Dozens of apartment dwellers left homeless December 27, 2017
Firefighters battle the blaze on Main Street Tuesday. Photo: Valley Regional Fire Authority. LARGER IMAGES BELOW
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(AUBURN, WA.) -- Fire crews remained on scene overnight to take care of any hot spots left over from a big 3-alarm fire early Tuesday evening that consumed a historic building on Auburn's Main Street.
The fire was at a mixed used building, the Heritage Building at 134 East Main Street.
The Valley Regional Fire Authority says the first unit was dispatched to the fire at 2:53 pm and that the "fire was initially reported as flames from a dryer."
Firefighters "took offensive strategy due to ceiling starting to collapse, " according to one of the early Tweets from the fire department.
Just before 6 pm it was reported that one person who was "non-ambulatory had to be rescued," but that person was not injured.
One person was treated on scene for smoke inhalation but was not transported to a hospital for further treatment.
By 7:50 pm the building manager had confirmed that all residents from the apartments in the structure had been accounted for and were being assisted by the red cross.
Just after 8:30 pm the fire, of unknown origin, was mostly extinguished, with a few hot spots remaining.
Luckily there were no serious injuries but many if not all of the close to 40 people who lived in the apartments in the building lost everything and were left scrambling to find a place to spend the night.
The Red Cross was busy trying to find housing for those left homeless by the blaze. It also set up an emergency shelter at Cascade Middle School in Auburn where some of the displaced people were expected to stay the night.
The building contained over 30 apartments on the top floor, with the bottom floor being home to businesses including a tavern and a restaurant.