COOS BAY, September 13, 2020 – Just after 11:00 am, Coos Bay Fire Department received multiple reports of a fire in a multi-family apartment complex off of Hemlock Avenue behind the Red Lion Hotel. The first arriving fire company found heavy fire involvement coming from the third floor of the apartment building. As crews were beginning to start extinguishing the fire, they located an occupant in the adjoining apartment that had been trapped by the smoke and fire. The occupant was able to break out a window and crawl through on to a porch on his own, resulting in cuts to his hand. He was treated and released on scene by Bay Cities Ambulance. Fire crews worked to extinguish the fire that had progresses into the attic space of the 135 year old structure. Mutual aid was requested from North Bend and Charleston Fire departments to assist in fire suppression and overhaul. The fire was knocked down and mostly extinguished within an hour. Firefighters spent another forty-five minutes searching for and extinguishing hot spots throughout the third floor and attic area to ensure the fire was completely out. After an investigation, it was determined that the cause of the fire was most likely due to an electrical problem and is not considered suspicious by investigators. The fire investigation is closed at this time. Due to fire and water damage, the structure is considered a total loss. The fire caused all the occupants of this six unit apartment complex to be displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross. If you would like any additional information about the fire or Coos Bay Fire Department, contact Fire Chief Mark Anderson at 541-269-1191.