Fire at Pasco apartment complex under investigation

The fire started on a second floor balcony and the damage reached the outside of the third floor balcony. No one was hurt.
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PASCO – Investigators with the Pasco Fire Department are looking into what caused a fire Tuesday afternoon at an apartment complex.

The fire broke out on a second floor balcony at The Crossings at Chapel Hill apartment complex just off of Chapel Hill Boulevard.

The call for help came in just after 4 p.m. when someone spotted smoke and flames coming from the second floor balcony of one of the buildings.

Ben Shearer with the Pasco Fire Department said a sprinkler head on the balcony activated and quickly put out the fire.

When firefighters got to the scene just a few minutes after the call, they made sure the fire was out.

No one was home at the time.

Shearer said a preliminary investigation did not show a discarded smoking item or a direct cause, but further investigation was needed.

He said there was no fire damage to the inside of the apartments, but the second and first floor units did have water damage.

Shearer said sprinkler systems in apartment buildings help firefighters contain flames and stop the fire from spreading to several units.

The cost of the damage is not yet known and Shearer said all tenants can stay in their units at this time since the fire damage was limited to the outside of the building.

Fire crews from Pasco, Kennewick, Benton County and Franklin County all responded to the call for help.

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