Arriving within five minutes of the call, Bellevue fire crews were able to contain a fire in an apartment complex in the Old Main neighborhood to one apartment Wednesday night.
Neighbors reported smoke coming from the apartment at 9:39 p.m. Fire crews got to the building, on the 10200 block of Southeast Third Street, by 9:44, and were able to extinguish the blaze just as it broke out a window and was extending to the roof.
No one was in the apartment at the time of the fire. Investigators are blaming the fire on combustible materials placed too close to an electric baseboard heater.
The closeness to the downtown fire station was a major factor in the fast response, but quick dispatching helped as well.
The only displaced residents were the two occupants of the apartment where the fire started, which sustained $75,000 damage. Neighboring apartments to the sides and below had some smoke and water damage, but not enough to force those residents from their homes.
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