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Fire Damages Apartment Building on Mercer Island

Mercer Apartments Fire Response
July 6, 2017 - Shortly after noon today, Mercer Island and Bellevue Fire Department units responded to the Mercer Apartments in the Town Center of Mercer Island today for a fire that started in one of the unit's kitchens, and was ultimately extinguished by the building's sprinkler system.

Before activating the building's fire alarm system which initiated this response, this fire started on the stove, extended into the cabinetry above, and produced a large amount of smoke that filled this unit and the adjacent hallway, on the fifth floor of the building.  The activated sprinklers caused a heavy water flow into the hallway, adjacent units, and through the ceiling of multiple units on the floor below.

Even though the fire was completely extinguished by the automatic sprinklers, a coordinated ventilation and salvage effort was still needed by the multiple fire units that responded.  Occupants were displaced for over two hours while the smoke and water was cleared.  Nobody was allowed back into the affected areas of the building until the atmosphere was determined safe through the fire department's air monitoring equipment.

No injuries reported. Investigations are ongoing.


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