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Apartment fire displaces residents

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- An early evening apartment fire has forced residents to watch flames and smoke damage their homes.

NBC right now was the first TV station on the scene of the blaze which started shortly before 8:00 PM.

Firefighters from multiple agencies raced to the flames which went to two alarms.

According to firefighters the fire started on a first floor apartment and spread to the second floor.

Only one person, a resident was injured according to fire fighters with smoke inhalation.

"A lot of frightened people in the area. It's really disturbing watching all of that smoke and they're worried about people. We're kind of in that phase now where people are a little more relaxed now and feel we got a handle on it," according to Richland Chief Grant Baynes.

Chief Baynes adds the two alarm blaze was put out in about 10 minutes. The fire seriously damaged two apartments and possibly left three others with heavy smoke and water damage.