Ten people escaped a house fire in Aberdeen early this morning. It was reported at 2:20 AM Thursday, the Aberdeen Fire Department, with assistance from both the Hoquiam Fire Department and Grays Harbor District 2, responded to a reported structure fire in the 100 block of West 4th St. in Aberdeen. Damon Lillybridge said in a press release that initial units on scene found heavy fire and smoke coming from the side door of a two-story wood-frame structure. From there the fire was able to extend throughout the laundry room area of the first floor into the 2nd floor attached apartment above the involved area. The fire caused extensive heat damage to the 1st-floor laundry room and 2nd-floor apartment located at the rear of the main structure. There was smoke damage throughout the rest of the building.
Ultimately fire crews were able to contain and extinguish the fire, preventing further extension into the 1st and 2nd floor of the main structure as well as any surrounding exposures.
There were 10 occupants who escaped the fire. Four were located in the rear 2nd story attached apartment and six were located in the main structure.
Fire crews were on scene for approximately four hours. A total of 14 Aberdeen firefighters, the Assistant Chief, Chief, 2 Hoquiam Firefighters and four GH District 2 (Central Park) Firefighters responded with 1 Command Unit, 5 Engines, and 3 Medic Units. Smoke and fire damage to structure and contents was estimated to be $221,242. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and is considered undetermined at this time.