Fire burns Buddhist temple in Seattle

  • Thu Jul 8th, 2010 8:10am
  • News

Associated Press

SEATTLE — A three-alarm fire early today seriously damaged a century-old building in Seattle’s International District that housed a Buddhist temple on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floors.

Fire Department spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said two people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries — smoke inhalation and back pain. Firefighters rescued one woman from the second floor. She was not injured.

Fitzpatrick said that when firefighters arrived, flames were coming from the first floor and spreading to the upper floors.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause. The Red Cross is helping about 17 of the displaced residents.