Apartment burns south of Seattle

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Firefighters are battling a fire at an apartment complex south of Seattle. The blaze is sending a plume of smoke that is visible from downtown Seattle and as far away as Tacoma.

The fire broke out at the Lighthouse Apartments Sunday afternoon south of Seattle. The nonprofit Union Gospel Mission owns and operates the four-story, 18-unit apartment for low-income people.

The group's senior vice president Gary Fast says about 30 people had to flee the burning apartment building and that "everyone is accounted for." He said two people were taken to hospitals but he did not know the extent of their injuries.

Fast said "Everybody is shaken up. It's a tough thing. Some of their vehicles were consumed in the fire, too."

The building has 18 units, but two were empty.