Man killed in 2-alarm Vancouver apartment fire

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A man was killed in a two-alarm fire at a Vancouver apartment building.

The city fire marshal, Heidi Scarpelli, says his name will be released after an autopsy Saturday.

The fire marshal says the fire started accidentally on a bottom floor patio.

Deputy Chief Dan Olson says a resident awakened by a smoke alarm knocked on doors to warn neighbors to evacuate.

Flames were coming from the building when firefighters arrived about 12:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sunpointe Apartments.

Firefighters were unable to reach the third floor of the three-story building because a stairwell was destroyed. They reached the floor by ladder later Thursday morning and found the man's body.

Six of the 12 units in the building were destroyed, and the property loss is estimated at $600,000.

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