VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) -- Vickie Henifine escaped the fire that destroyed her condo -- and seven others -- Tuesday night, but all she has left are memories from her eight years there.
And her cat.
Initially, the three-alarm fire was thought to have damaged 12 units at the One Lake Place condominium complex near NE 121st Ave and 49th Street in Vancouver, but the official tally is eight. And though fireworks was thought to be a possible cause, investigators do not believe that to be the case. An official cause has not yet been determined.
The property owners expect they'll have to demolish the building.
"I had no idea that anything like this could be this bad," Henifine told KOIN 6 News the morning after the fire swept through.
She was home around 8 p.m. when the flames ripped through her building. Her neighbor pounded on her door yelling, "Fire!"
"So I grabbed my purse and my cell phone and my charger and ran out the door," she said. "I saw the flames shooting out the back and ashes like huge flakes coming down all over my car."
She stayed at the staging area until 1 a.m. when firefighters reunited her with her cat.
"I'm surprised nobody got hurt. I'm happy nobody got hurt."
But she's dealing with the instant loss that fire brings.
"I want to cry. This is my home," she said. "I got to pick out everything. All the colors and everything. It was my first home."
Though she's not sure what's next, she knows friends and family will help her deal with it all.
"I don't know what the future holds. I'm not sure. I don't know what the next step is."
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