Update: police report from LFP house fire on Feb 1

Thursday, February 10, 2011

From the LFP Police Blotter for the February 1 house fire on NE 190th Street in LFP:

Homeowner's son said he returned home and noticed what he thought was steam coming from the eves. When he got out of the car, he heard crackling and realized there was an active fire in the house. He entered the house and no one in the house realized there was a fire. He said there was no smoke in the house until they opened a utility room door and immediately smoke began filling the house. All occupants exited and the homeowner's son called 911. No flames were visible from the exterior of the building when he arrived and no one was in the vicinity.

Police called Public Works to respond with the sand truck due to all the water and freezing temperatures. Public Works responded with salt and deicer. King County Sheriff's Office fire investigator said that preliminary findings were that the fire was accidental, possibly from electrical problems associated with heat tape from a pipe warming system on water pipes in the attic. The system is to keep pipes from freezing in cold weather.

Red Cross provided hotel rooms for the family.


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