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Two-alarm apartment fire displaces multiple residents (Photo) - 05/10/22

Kelso, WA – Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to a two-alarm apartment fire Tuesday morning at 4:14 to 111 Beacon Hill Dr.  Initial crews arrived and reported heavy fire conditions from the second-story back porch and began attacking the fire from the backside yard. Cowlitz County Sheriff Deputies evacuated all apartments while other arriving fire crews attacked the fire from the front side parking lot with multiple hose lines. Firefighters stopped the spread of the fire to other apartment units by removing the second-story ceiling with tools extinguishing fire in attic spaces. All residents were able to evacuate safely. A total of five apartments were destroyed by fire. 

Four fire engines, three water tenders, a ladder truck, a medic unit, and three chief officers responded to the fire. Cowlitz County Sheriffs, Cowlitz County Public Utilities District, Beacon Hill Water District, Cowlitz County Public Works, and a county Chaplin also responded.  

Multiple families were displaced by the fire. Some accepted resources from the Red Cross and others will be staying with friends and family in the area. Some other residents, in unburned units, also accepted aid.  No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.