Garage fire in LFP wakes up the neighbors Monday morning

Monday, August 28, 2017

Northshore and Shoreline firefighters
Photo by Jacob Kimerer

A garage fire in the 40xx block of NE 196th St in Lake Forest Park at 1:45am Monday morning meant the temporary evacuation of several neighboring houses.

Neighbors who called in the fire stated that they heard "explosions" and saw flames.

Residents - and a large, fluffy dog - were temporarily
out of their homes until the fire was under control.
Photo by Jacob Kimerer

Everyone got out safely as the fire consumed the detached garage. Several neighboring houses were evacuated as a precaution.

Northshore Fire, assisted by Shoreline Fire, quickly extinguished the blaze and residents were allowed back into their homes.

Battalion Chief stated that the detached garage was a total loss.

The specific cause was the improper disposal of rags that had been used to apply wood preservative to a deck. The preservative was susceptible to spontaneous ignition. The explosions that were heard were most likely from 2 propane tanks and a few aerosol cans that were in the garage. The estimated damage was $50,000.

updated 8-29-17

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