Fire destroys home, kills pets

January 8, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters survey the scene to check for any running utilities or hotspots Jan. 7, the day after a home at 24415 S.E. 156th St. was destroyed in a fire. By Greg Farrar

Fire destroyed a home in unincorporated King County south of Issaquah on Jan. 6, and the blaze claimed the homeowner’s pets.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety crews responded to a structure fire in the 24000 block of Southeast 156th Street, between Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Cedar Grove Road Southeast, and about six miles south of downtown Issaquah.

The initial 911 call reached dispatchers at 1:03 p.m. and crews arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later.

The rural home stood about a mile from the nearest fire hydrant, so firefighters needed to call in water tankers to help douse the flames.

Crews extinguished the blaze and searched the home for occupants. The house was unoccupied during the fire, and the homeowner returned to the scene as firefighters battled the flames.

The homeowner told firefighters two dogs and a cat inside the house perished in the fire.

Firefighters called a King County Fire Marshal Services investigator to the scene. The agency is investigating the cause.

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