Massive Selah apartment complex fire displaces more than 50 people

SELAH, Wash. — More than 50 people were displaced by an apartment complex fire that destroyed the building and ravaged their belongings, but miraculously, no one was injured in the process.

According to the Selah Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to the multi-family unit on Valley View Ave on the evening of August 2, 2022. Not only did the flames tear through one of the homes, but the American Red Cross says that smoke damage deemed a neighboring home uninhabitable as well.

All of the occupants were able to escape the building without any reported injuries while fire personnel worked to contain the spread of this fire, rescue pets from inside of homes and salvage crucial personal property.

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Through mutual aid, crews from the following agencies responded to assist: Yakima Training Center Fire Department, Gleed Fire Department, Yakima Firefighters IAFF Local 469, Yakima County Fire District 4 – East Valley, Selah Police Department, American Medical Response Yakima.

The American Red Cross established an emergency shelter at the Selah Civic Center (216 S 1st St, Selah, WA 98942) to provide those who were affected by the fire with a place to stay and essential supplies.

On the behalf of the Selah Fire Department, Chief Lange extended a thank you to all of the community members and local businesses that rallied around the victims of this fire by purchasing food, donating goods, volunteering their time and offering solidarity.

KAPP-KVEW reporters are actively working to obtain more details about this situation. Tune into KAPP-KVEW Local News at 5, 6 & 6:30 p.m. for more details.

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