A two-alarm fire burned through the roof of a Milton senior living community Tuesday evening, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.
It is unknown what caused the large blaze at the Alder Ridge Senior Apartments, 2800 Alder St., East Pierce Fire Chief Bud Backer said. Firefighters were dispatched to the complex about 6:30 p.m.
Firefighters took a defensive strategy, leaving the building about an hour after arriving.
Residents were evacuated from the buildings and they are being relocated by Pierce Transit to a nearby senior living community, Backer said.
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Many residents were out in the cold, and family members came to the complex to pick up their elders, Backer said.
Crews from East Pierce, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue, Orting Valley Fire & Rescue, South King Fire & Rescue and Tacoma Fire Department responded to the fire. On top of the two alarms, three further engines were summoned.