- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) - A man says he was deep-frying pancakes early in the morning when the cooking oil caught fire and spread throughout an apartment complex in Lynnwood north of Seattle.

The Lynnwood Fire Department says the blaze caused an estimated $500,000 in damage and displaced about 18 people. No injuries were reported. Five apartment units were damaged.

The fire happened about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The man told local news media that he was deep-frying pancakes when the grease caught fire. He says he was able to get his young son out of the building but couldn’t put the fire out.

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