Seattle- Around 9:30 this morning, Seattle Firefighters responded to a kitchen fire inside a two-story home with a basement on the 1900 block of 17th Avenue South. When Engine 13 arrived, they found flames shooting from the main floor windows of the wooden structure. The first firefighter inside the house says three rooms on the main floor, including the kitchen, were fully-engulfed in flames.
After seeing the smoke coming from the home, a neighbor called 911 and then ran and knocked on the door to alert the residents. That neighbor told arriving crews that he could not locate the woman and her daughter. Firefighters from Ladder 3 immediately began searching the smoke-filled home for any sign of the homeowner. No one was found inside the home.
The female resident and her teenage daughter told the investigator they woke up to a smoke detector going off. The mother and daughter ran out of the burning home before fire crews arrived. The family escaped with their dog “Happy” and parakeet “Yellowbird”.
The flames worked into the walls of the older home and spread to the second floor and a nearby tree. Crews quickly knocked the flames down. Firefighters cut out the smoldering material from walls using chain saws to try and prevent spot fires from flaring up.
Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be food on the stove. Damage estimates are $100,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents. The mother and daughter are staying at another location.