Blaze destroys Grand Ridge home

July 5, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Fire destroyed a home on Grand Ridge near High Point on June 29, but neighbors managed to rescue dogs from the empty house as the blaze spread.

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters, plus aid units from the Bellevue and Fall City fire departments, responded just before noon after a neighbor reported flames and smoke shooting from the home. Motorists along Interstate 90 also called 911 to report the blaze.

Crews navigated steep, narrow roads to reach the empty house in the 6600 block of 282nd Avenue Southeast. The area lacks fire hydrants, prompting EFR to call a water tender, or tanker truck, to the scene. The tight conditions posed a challenge for firefighters.

“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 June 29.

Firefighters on Engine 71 arrived at the scene moments after the 11:47 a.m. 911 call. The crew reported flames shooting from the roof above the garage.

Battalion 71 arrived moments later and assumed command at the scene. Firefighters requested additional units, including the water tender. The road conditions meant firefighters had to shuttle water in to the scene and set up a special portable tank to hold water in order to fight the blaze.

Crews also searched the house for occupants, per standard procedure. Neighbors evacuated the dogs from the residence before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters called a King County fire investigator to the scene to investigate the blaze. The cause and estimated damage remain under investigation.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

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