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EVERETT — A mother was able to save her two children and alert several neighbors when an Everett apartment caught fire early Sunday morning.

Firefighters said the woman was sleeping in her first floor apartment at about 2 a.m. when she awakened to the smell of smoke.

The woman quickly awakened her two children, and the three escaped from the apartment.

As she called 9-1-1, the woman ran to the second floor and began alerting neighbors, according to the Everett Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to the apartment complex, located in the 800 block of 75th Street SE, at
2:11 a.m. They quickly upgraded the fire to a second alarm to bring in more firefighters.

About 35 residents were displaced. No one was injured, but two cats died, according to firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Buildings destroyed

RENTON — A fire that started at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of South 18th Street had firefighters hopping as embers sparked a dangerous brush fire.

Firefighters raced to the Falcon Ridge complex around 2 p.m. Saturday when the 4-alarm apartment fire destroyed or damaged several buildings.

The fire jumped Grant Avenue and started to burn nearby brush and trees.

By Saturday evening, two additional strike teams from other fire departments were deployed to contain the brush fire.

No injuries were reported, Capt. Kyle Ohashi of the Kent Fire Department said.

Freeway snarled

BELLEVUE — Construction on Interstate 90 is closing three westbound lanes between Bellevue Avenue and Mercer Island to allow crews to repair aging expansion joints.

The lanes will remain closed for a week while crews replace two 92-foot-long bridge expansion joints on the freeway’s east channel bridge.

“I think we could see back-ups that extend 7 miles or more,” state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kris Olsen said.

Officials hope to reopen the lanes by Friday at 5 a.m.

Bodies found

SEATTLE — Seattle police arrested a man after two bodies were discovered Saturday near the Duwamish River.

Police said the bodies of a man and woman had similar injuries. The man had “severe head trauma.”

The first body was discovered by a man walking his dog. The woman’s body was discovered later that day.

Investigators think the man was assaulted somewhere else and brought to the spot where he was discovered.

Police said witnesses were able to describe a suspicious car, and officers served a warrant on Saturday and arrested a man.

There weren’t other details available Sunday.

Last modified: July 20. 2014 9:07PM
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