Fire roars through empty High Point home

June 29, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 29, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire in the High Point area late Wednesday morning, after a neighbor reported flames shooting from the home’s roof.

The neighbor said no one is home at the house near 282nd Avenue Southeast and Southeast 66th Street, about six miles east of downtown Issaquah.

The narrow road leading to the house posed a challenge for fire crews. The area does not have fire hydrants, prompting EFR to call a water tender, or tanker truck, to the scene.

“Equipment is critical, but you need people on a fire, so we want to make sure we don’t want to stack all of the equipment so we’re all jammed in there and the water tender can’t get in there and out,” EFR spokeswoman Josie Williams said.

The fire caused extensive damage. Neighbors managed to rescue dogs from the inside the house as the blaze spread.

Firefighters received the call at 11:47 a.m. Wednesday. EFR has since requested a King County fire investigate to determine the cause of the blaze.

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