A 34-year-old man has been jailed on suspicion of arson after a brush fire in White Center spread to a nearby apartment building, damaging seven units and sending two firefighters to the hospital.
Fire crews responded around 3 p.m. Wednesday to the blaze on 14th Avenue SW that had quickly spread to the complex on 16th Avenue SW.
Crews were able to prevent the flames from spreading to other nearby units, like that of Cheyenne Thomen, who was home when she saw the fire outside her window.
“All of a sudden I heard this really loud explosion,” said Thomen. “I turned around and saw the field on fire and it was engulfing in flames.”
In all, three firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire. Two were taken to local hospitals to be checked out, while the third was treated at the scene, fire officials said.
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