Firefighters: Generator caused blaze at Issaquah home
March 4, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10 a.m. March 4, 2011
Firefighters treated a South Cove resident for a minor injury Thursday evening after fire roared through a garage.
Residents in the neighborhood near Timberlake Park reported explosions and black smoke billowing into the air.
The blaze started at about 5:50 p.m. inside a garage in the 18200 block of Southeast 43rd Court, a neighborhood along Lake Sammamish’s southern shore.
Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters raced to extinguish the garage fire. The blaze had reached the nearby house and threatened another home. Units from neighboring Bellevue assisted the EFR team.
Investigators said the blaze started after a portable generator inside the garage caught fire. The homeowner said he started the generator due to a power outage in the neighborhood.
The homeowner and a family member in the house at the time the fire started escaped the structure. Firefighters treated a resident at the scene, and the patient later sought further care at a medical facility in Issaquah.
The damage to the home is estimated at $350,000.
EFR officials used the incident as a reminder to residents not to use powered equipment, and similar devices using gasoline, flammable liquid or open flame, inside a home. In addition to the fire risk, the equipment can give off dangerous fumes or carbon monoxide.