Structure Fire in Lake Forest Park Catches House Next Door on Fire

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

LAKE FOREST PARK, WA - At 9:55 p.m. on Monday, June 20th, the Northshore Fire Department was dispatched to reports of two houses on fire in the 18600 block of 22nd Place NE. A second alarm was requested as firefighters were in route. 

Upon arrival, firefighters reported that the garage of a two-story home, and a car parked in front of the garage were fully involved. Explosions were coming from the car parked outside, and from the car inside the garage. The fire broke through a side garage window, and the radiant heat from the fire ignited the house next door, sending flames up the side of the house and into the roof eaves; firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. The fully involved garage and car fire were knocked down in approximately 20 minutes. Firefighters were on scene for 4½ hours.

The home’s smoke alarm had activated. The occupants of both homes safely evacuated, and all occupants and pets were uninjured. There were no reported firefighter injuries.

The fire severely damaged the garage, extended into the attic and caused smoke damage throughout the house. The neighboring home sustained exterior fire damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the King County Fire Investigation Unit.


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