Senior-living facility burns in Milton; 150 displaced

Photo: KOMO News

MILTON, Wash. -- Fire raced through a senior-living facility in Milton on Tuesday night, displacing 150 seniors

All residents managed to get out of the building, authorities said. There were no injuries.

The owners of the apartments say 60 percent of the units were relatively undamaged.

Many the residents could only stand in the cold and watch their home, Alder Ridge Senior Apartments, burn.

"Well, I was ready for bed. I was dressed for comfort to watch my evening game shows, and all of the sudden fire alarms started ringing, and it sounded serious," said resident Vi Weber.

Said another resident, Jackie Alden: "You had to get out right away, my cat's still in there, my cell phone is still in there. I need to get a hold of my son."

Firefighters were dispatched just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to the apartments at 2800 Alder St. in Milton. Firefighters attacked the fire, which went to two alarms, and got residents out.

Flames shot through the roof.

Brannan Park Retirement in Auburn, El Dorado West in Burien and Mill Ridge Village in Milton have provided housing and food to those displaced.

On Wednesday, belongings from those who lived in the apartments were gathered.

A hotline -- 800-285-9345 -- has been set up for tenants and their families. An account has been set up at Columbia Bank to help those affected. The account is called Alder Ridge Donations.

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