Fire from biodiesel kit destroys Cougar Mountain home early Sunday
July 31, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 1:15 p.m. July 31, 2011
Fire roared through a Cougar Mountain home early Sunday morning after a backyard biodiesel kit started the blaze.
Just after 6 a.m. Sunday, neighbors reported flames and smoke shooting from a house in the 17000 block of Southeast 60th Street, a tree-lined neighborhood between Cougar Mountain Zoo and Cougar Ridge Elementary School.
Firefighters discovered barrels and other equipment used to manufacture biodiesel behind the home. Investigators later determined the biodiesel kit started the fire.
“The fire began in the middle of that process, outside of the home, and came into the home from there,” said Lt. Troy Donlin, a Bellevue Fire Department spokesman.
Flames roared through the ground floor and damaged the attic. The basement sustained water damage as firefighters extinguished the blaze. Donlin estimated the total damage at $400,000.
Residents in Bellevue’s Lakemont neighborhood reported the fire at the empty residence. The homeowner reached the scene later in the morning.
“It appeared as though the calls came in progression from the furthest-away neighbor, who saw it through the woods — 20-foot flames and explosions — and the last caller, who was a neighbor across the street,” Donlin said.
Units from Eastside Fire & Rescue, and the Bellevue and Mercer Island fire departments, responded to the blaze.