Following the incident, a man named Isaac — one of 14 residents who managed to escape the burning motel — recalled to KOMO News how he had to jump out of the building and witnessed the ensuing chaos.
"I just heard a rumbling and I turned around and somebody must have opened the door because the fire started shooting around the corners that's when I opened the window and jumped out the [back] window," said Issac, who refrained from providing his last name to the outlet.
"It all just happened so fast and I didn't have much time to process [the fire]," he continued. "I just jumped out the window really fast. And then I heard people screaming so I grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran back inside and put what fire I could see out."
After successfully escaping, Isaac told the outlet he witnessed two people behind him jump out the window — both of whom suffered injuries.
"The guy that jumped behind me broke both of his ankles and another guy I think messed up his knee," he told KOMO News. "It was just crazy."
During the press conference, Scoggins said officials believe the fire broke out on the third floor of the multi-story motel but do not yet know what caused it, according to KING-TV.
The SFD, Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all responded to the scene and are currently investigating the incident, the outlet reported.
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