Elderly woman dead from fire in Tukwila

A fire was called into the Tukwila Fire Department at 8:07 a.m.

According to Marty Grisham, Tukwila’s emergency manager, the fire took place at an apartment building in the 5700 of South 152nd St in Tukwila.

“It came in as a minor fire, somebody saw smoke and called it in,” Grisham said. “When the crews got there there was heavy smoke coming out of this bedroom window on the second floor apartment”

He said the crew made a quick entry to the apartment’s bedroom and found a deceased elderly woman.

“There was a working smoke detector in the room, autopsy reports may give us more insight, but we’re not sure why the occupant was not able to get out,” Grisham said.

Damage to the building was pretty much limited to the one bedroom according to Grisham.

He said there is no indication of foul or any reason to think it was an arson fire. He said it might be an electrical problem that took place, but there is still an investigation going on.

Grisham said they displaced one other family in the apartment below because of water damage from fighting the fire.

No fire fighters were injured during their time in the building.

Grisham said he is not sure how much the damage will cost to fix.

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