More than 30 Skyway residents were left out in the cold to start Thanksgiving after their apartment complex caught fire.
The three-alarm fire at the Greentree Apartments in the 6900 block of 123rd street was called out just after 2:30 a.m. Nobody was hurt and investigators had not determined a cause Thursday morning because the unit where the fire sparked is so badly damaged.
The fire started on the third floor in the D building. That building has 16 units.
The electricity to the D building is on the same grid as three other buildings, so they were left without power for a short time. Firefighters say it may be days before electricity is restored.
Families are left to find a new place to celebrate Thanksgiving.
We could look out our front unit and we could see flames and we knew it was bad, said Areme Webster, a third floor tenant.
The building was constructed in the 1960s and was not required, by law, to have a sprinkler system or fire alarm. That s still an issue for Webster and his girlfriend.
It s time to write some letters to management to get some of these things installed so this doesn t happen again, he said.
The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the community center in Renton to assist those who have been displaced.