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Three-alarm fire damages Bellingham apartment, blocks roads Tuesday afternoon

Fire at Woburn and Alabama streets

The Bellingham Fire Department responded to the 2100 block of Woburn Street for the report of a multi-residential structure on fire Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Bellingham, Wash.
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The Bellingham Fire Department responded to the 2100 block of Woburn Street for the report of a multi-residential structure on fire Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Bellingham, Wash.

Alabama and Woburn streets were closed for several hours for a three-alarm multi-residential fire Tuesday, June 11, according to the Bellingham Police Department.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the Bellingham Fire Department was called to the 2100 block of Alabama Street for the report of black smoke showing from the second floor of the Crimson Hills Apartments, according to Bellingham Fire Captain Dave Pethick. The first engine was on scene within three minutes, Pethick said.

One person was taken to St. Joseph hospital, but the extent of their injuries was unknown Tuesday afternoon, Pethick said.

The Crimson Hills is a two-story, wooden frame apartment complex, and the fire is believed to have started on the second floor, Pethick said.

Assistant Fire Chief Jay Comfort said one unit in the apartment building was well involved, but crews were able to put a quick stop to it. Two adjacent units likely had water and smoke damage, Comfort said.

Omar and Felipa Limón said they were in their apartment nearby when the fire started. Someone banged on their door and told them to get out, they said. They made it to the parking lot before fire crews arrived.

The Limóns said they’ve lived in the complex for four years, and haven’t seen anything like this before. Their apartment was not damaged and said they were taking things in stride. They said they’re thankful the fire didn’t spread.

Pethick said the fire department requested street closures for scene safety and to establish water supplies.

Reporter Denver Pratt joined The Bellingham Herald in 2017 and covers courts and criminal and social justice. She has worked in Montana, Florida and Virginia.

Dave Gallagher has covered the Whatcom County business community since 1998. Retail, real estate, jobs and port redevelopment are among the topics he covers.

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