Apartment fire displaces family

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

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A fire at the Outlook Apartments forced a family of six out of their home Saturday morning.

Pullman Fire Department was dispatched close to 2 a.m. to reports of second-story deck on fire. The residents had used three fire extinguishers before fire officials arrived, according to a Pullman FD news release.

Pullman Fire inspector Tony Nuttman said two of the extinguishers were mounted on the building, and the third was a personal extinguisher.

Firefighters put out the flames using water before checking walls using a thermal imaging camera to ensure the fire did not spread to the surrounding units, according to the release.

Nuttman estimated that the fire caused $10,000 worth of damage.

A city building inspector decided the family could move back into their home once a wall was fixed, and the door leading to the deck was shut and secured.

Nuttman said the investigation had been closed, and the fire’s cause was undetermined.

Structure fires occur multiple times a year in Pullman, Nuttman said, and they are not concentrated in one area of town.

This is the first fire Nuttman knew of to happen at the apartment complex, but he said the complex has had previous issues with water leaks.