A 66-year-old woman died Sunday evening in a fire in her apartment in a downtown condominium complex. Bellevue fire crews, who were able to confine the fire to the first-floor apartment at Windsor House, on the 400 block of 100th Avenue Northeast.
The majority of fire damage occurred in a bedroom, with the bed significantly damaged. Investigators have determined that the cause of the fire was most likely smoking in bed.
There was minimal smoke and structural damage to the three-story building. Residents were allowed to return to their units after being evacuated for two hours. A nearby hotel helped shelter displaced residents while fire crews extinguished the fire.
The building's automatic alarm notified emergency dispatch of the fire. Smoke from the fire made it into the common hallway of the complex and activated the alarm system. Only one resident reported seeing smoke prior to fire crews' arrival.
The King County Medical Examiner will release the victim's name.
The loss of life reinforces the importance of having a working smoke detector. Smoke detectors dramatically improve people's chances of surviving a fire by providng an early alarm.
All fire departments encourage you to confirm the presence of a working smoke detector in all of the following locations:
- In areas providing access to sleeping areas
- In every sleeping room
- On every level of the dwelling.
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