As Saturday's frosty sunrise shed light on the blackened remains of the historic building, neighbors and friends of the people who once lived there stopped by to look at the destruction.
"I just feel sorry for all the people that live there," said one of them, Robert Chamular. "To lose everything you have - it's sad."
Another man said, "A couple of them that lived here had three kids, and they are displaced right now. They lost everything except for the clothes on their backs."
Flames broke out about 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the two-story, 13-unit building near Comcast Arena. The building's first floor contained shops, while the second story was apartments.
Angela Plumb, a former resident of the apartment building, told KOMO News that just before the fire she could hear a commotion in a unit across the hall.
She says she had just met the man who lived their earlier - and says he appeared troubled.
"When I spoke with him it was very obvious that he was in crisis," says Plumb.
She said after listening to what sounded like a fight in the man's apartment unit Thursday night, her friend looked out into the hallway.
"And when he opened the door it was just a black wall of smoke, and he turned to me and said, 'Get something to cover your face. We have to get out. It's on fire,'" she recounts.
Getting out of the apartment building was a terrifying ordeal, Plumb says. "I had to crawl along the floor and use my hands to even know what direction I was going."
The man across the hall never made it out.
Firefighters say what is left of the building is very unstable. Until it is shored up, they won't be able to start their investigation into how the fire started.