A fire was contained to one room in a second story apartment Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, with smoke damage reported in the one apartment and water damage in it and the apartment below. (Photo courtesy of Clallam County Fire District 3)

A fire was contained to one room in a second story apartment Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, with smoke damage reported in the one apartment and water damage in it and the apartment below. (Photo courtesy of Clallam County Fire District 3)

Sprinklers help contain fire in Sequim apartment complex

SEQUIM — A sprinkler system inside Elk Creek Apartments kept a fire confined to one apartment before firefighters arrived, said Clallam County Fire District 3 officials.

A little before 7 p.m. Monday, firefighters arrived at the complex at 90 S. Rhodefer Road after a tenant reported flames inside an apartment and an adjacent neighbor told of it filling with smoke.

Firefighters said they saw smoke coming from the second story window. Fire alarms alerted the complex to evacuate.

Elk Creek’s sprinkler system contained the fire to a single room, fire officials report, and firefighters’ initial attack on the fire stopped the fire entirely a short time later.

Smoke damage was contained to the initial unit but water damage was reported in that unit and the one below it on the bottom floor.

No injuries were reported and the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the American Red Cross came to assist the displaced tenants. The cause of the fire, number of tenants impacted and a cost estimate was not available Tuesday.

More than 20 personnel from four fire stations responded to the scene with five fire engines, one rescue truck, one medic unit, and an aid unit.

Olympic Ambulance and Sequim Police Department also responded to the scene.

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