Fire causes $180,000 damage to home

By Sara Bruestle | May 22, 2013
Courtesy of: Fire District 1 Mukilteo and Fire District 1 firefighters extinguish a fire that caused $180,000 worth of damage to a Mukilteo home on May 11. A firefighter can be seen in the second floor window putting out hot spots.

A fire destroyed a two-story home in Mukilteo on the afternoon of May 11.

The fire started at about 4:15 p.m. on the second floor of a house in 11100 block of 55th Avenue W., Fire Marshal Jim Thomas said.

The homeowner reportedly discovered the fire and tried to put it out himself. When he couldn’t extinguish it, the Mukilteo Fire Department received several calls from neighbors reporting the fire.

“The fire pretty much took off the second level of the home,” Thomas said. “We got there quickly, and we did what we could.”

When firefighters arrived at 4:20 p.m., fire had engulfed the entire roof. Crews from Mukilteo and Fire District 1 fought the fire outside with a hose and then moved inside to attack hot spots in the attic.

“When they pulled up, they saw the top of the house on fire,” Assistant Fire Chief Brian McMahan said. “Flames were coming out of at least one bedroom window.”

The fire caused an estimated $180,000 in damage. No one was injured.

Thomas said the fire originated in a room on the second floor, but that the exact cause has yet to be determined.

The homeowner told firefighters he had a battery charger in an upstairs room that caught fire and then extended to a nearby desk.

“He thinks he saw where the fire started, but he’s not positive,” Thomas said.

The fire was out by 5:11 p.m. Firefighters were on scene until 7:36 p.m.

The first call to 911 was from the homeowner at 4:14 p.m. He said a desk was on fire but that it hadn’t spread and that no on else was in the house, McMahan said.

A second call came in at 4:15 p.m. to report a fire in the neighborhood. Other calls from neighbors followed.

An insurance company is investigating the cause of the fire.

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