A small fire that broke out in a laundry room at a Richland retirement center forced about 30 tenants out of their homes late Thursday, officials said.
No one was hurt in the blaze at Three Rivers Retirement Apartments, 651 McMurray St., that started around 9:45 p.m.
Most residents were able to go back to their apartments after fire crews left, but a couple on the third floor near the laundry room were displaced overnight and possibly Friday, said Richland fire Capt. Ricky Walsh.
The evacuation of the building was orderly, Walsh said and noted that "luckily it was a nice warm evening. They just set up lawn chairs and watched the show."
Firefighters were on scene for about four hours and had the fire under control in about two hours, Walsh said. The fire was inside the walls, but produced only light smoke, he said.
Fire damage was limited to the laundry room and the attic with some water damage on the third floor, he said. The cause remains under investigation.