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Raw Video – Fire Damages Walla Walla University Apartments


Fire broke out on Sunday, August 23 at the Walla Walla University Mountain View Apartments off campus. According to a statement on the Walla Walla University website, all students were safely evacuated from the building. The apartment complex at 207 Whitman Drive in College Place is owned by Walla Walla University and occupied by students. The complex includes four buildings with four apartments on each of three floors. Only one of the four buildings was affected by the fire.

Video footage posted on Facebook by junior communications and psychology major Katelyn Swager shows the building engulfed in flames as distressed students look on.


The university says that all residents of the building will be housed in the university residence halls until additional housing can be secured. The apartment units in the building will be unusable until an investigation into the cause of the fire is complete, all utilities are restored, and the damage from the fire can be repaired.

College Place Fire Marshall John Boose told the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin that the fire is not being investigated as suspicious. “It’s under investigation, we have a fairly probable idea (of what caused it), but it’s not suspicious,” Boose said.

In addition to the portion of the apartment building that burned, there was extensive water and smoke damage. No injuries were reported in the incident.

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