Blaze damages Klahanie home; firefighters rescue cat

January 24, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10:20 a.m. Jan. 24, 2013

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a Klahanie home late Wednesday and rescued a cat from the fire.

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to a reported explosion and fire inside a garage in the 24200 block of Southeast 43rd Place at 9:49 p.m.

Crews could see flames and smoke pouring from the garage upon arriving at the scene moments later. Firefighters protected nearby fire-prone areas and doused the blaze.

Officials said the home was occupied as the fire started, and the homeowner suffered a minor injury as he or she attempted to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters searched the home and found the family’s cat inside the building. Crews administered oxygen and treated the cat for smoke inhalation.

Damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $100,000. Officials from the American Red Cross assisted the family.

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

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