As many as 60 people were forced out of their homes due to an apartment complex fire in Bellevue Friday morning.
A fire started in the kitchen of a second-floor unit at The Chateau Apartments just after 12 p.m. and quickly spread. Firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof to ventilate the building.
Only about three or four units sustained damage, but dozens were forced out because electricity and water service was cut off.
"We were dead asleep, so waking up to a dead knock all you see is smoke,” said resident Julie Stichert. “I really don’t think we were thinking, we thought girls, get our daughters out and out the door we went."
Julie and Shannon Adams got their 4-year-old and 15-month-old girls out of the burning building and they didn't forget Bengi, the family pet. But everything they owned was in the apartment. That’s when the Red Cross stepped in to help. “They found rooms for us, gave us money for food and something to eat and have something for the next few days or until we can get back in.”
“Throughout the day we'll be back out here, determine exactly what other things they are going to need,” said Liz Dorland with the Red Cross.
A cause of the fire has not yet been released.