FedEx driver spots house fire on Tiger Mountain
December 20, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
Smoke greeted a delivery truck driver making the rounds in a Tiger Mountain neighborhood just before Christmas.
Firefighters responded to a house fire on Tiger Mountain just south of Issaquah on Dec. 16. Eastside Fire & Rescue and Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety dispatched crews, trucks and water tankers to the scene after a FedEx driver noticed black smoke coming from the second floor of the structure at Southeast 133rd Way and 249th Avenue Southeast.
Crews arrived at the scene, about four miles from downtown Issaquah, at about 12:40 p.m.
Initial reports indicate the house had been unoccupied and, per standard procedure, firefighters searched the home for occupants. In the moments after the FedEx driver noticed the smoke, a neighbor rescued dogs from the smoking house.
The homeowner arrived at the scene not long after firefighters started battling the blaze.
The responding agencies did not report any injuries as a result of the fire.
Firefighters requested the tankers due to the lack of hydrants in the rural neighborhood. Crews also asked for the King County Sheriff’s Office to provide traffic control near the scene.
Firefighters later called in a King County fire investigator to determine the cause of the blaze.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.