Fire in South Seattle apartment complex forces evacuations

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SEATTLE - Several people were forced to evacuate an apartment in Seattle's Rainier Valley neighborhood early Tuesday morning after a second-floor unit caught fire.

Just after 4:30 a.m., the Seattle Fire Department responded to the 7400 block of Rainier Ave. S. for reports of an apartment building on fire. The flames reportedly started in a unit on the second floor of the three-story building.

The fire department said three adults and a child were safely evacuated from the third floor, and three to four units near the source of the fire may have damage from smoke and water.

The fire has since been extinguished, and no injuries were reported.

Investigators are looking into what caused the fire, which occurred in a unit where nobody was home at the time. The people who lived there have since returned, although their unit will need to be remodeled before they can live there again.

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