Elderly Man Dies from Burns Sustained in Washington Fire

An 80-year-old Fremont man who was severely burned in an explosive Thursday night apartment fire has died of his injuries, reports KOMO News.

A second burn patient, a man in his 40s, has 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns to his hands and is still housed in the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center. This second burn victim told investigators he was a resident of the building and had pulled his 80-year-old neighbor out of the building while he was on fire.

The fire started at about 10:40 p.m. at a three-story apartment building in the 3600 block of 2nd Avenue NW, and quickly blew up into a two-alarm fire.

More than 90 firefighters responded after multiple people called 911 saying smoke and flames were pouring out of the building, according to Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department.

Crews found neighbors helping the two injured men outside the building. Both were taken to Harborview. The 80-year-old victim was burned over 95 percent of his body and died not long after he arrived at the hospital. His name was withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

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