No injuries in Cedar Grove Road house fire

October 16, 2013

By Peter Clark

NEW — 12:10 p.m. Oct. 15, 2013

A large structure fire broke out in the 5700 block of Cedar Grove Road Southeast Oct. 15.

Eastside Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer Josie Williams said the homeowner was in the 1,200-square-foot residence and unwittingly started the fire. EFR got the call at 6:44 p.m.

“He was trying to start a fire in the fireplace and ended up with a problem,” Williams said. “Obviously, it got away from him.”

She confirmed the blaze did not spread to other properties and caused no injuries.

“Everybody got out to safety,” Williams said. The homeowner called 911 and everyone inside evacuated. “There was also ammunition in the house, so that was a precaution. The Red Cross was advised.”

Because the residence is in King County and away from incorporated water service, Williams said multiple engines were necessary to quell the flames.

“The area is lacking in hydrants, that’s why we had so many trucks mobilized,” she said, adding that considerations for firefighters’ health would also necessitate a large presence of support. “Anytime there is a structure fire, you are going to involve a number of trucks.

Traffic in the area was backed up for several hours.

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