Bellevue - Fire crews responded to a report of a residential structure fire and found flames coming from the kitchen area of a single family home. The fire occurred in the 400 block of 129th Ave NE. The fire was first reported by a cell phone caller at 8:40 a.m.
The first fire unit on the scene was able to extinguish the fire with one hose line. Additional fire personnel assisted with ventilating smoke and checking the rest of the structure. Three Bellevue fire engines, two light-force ladder trucks, a medic unit and a battalion chief responded. A Redmond fire engine responded after a request for more assistance, but was canceled when the on-scene crews brought the fire under control.
The homeowner was not at home at the time of the fire, but did show up at the scene after fire crews had extinguished the fire. Bellevue fire investigators are working with the homeowner are conducting an investigation. The investigation is focused on the kitchen area but the actual cause remains undetermined. Initial damage estimate is about $500,000 to both structure and contents.
There were no injuries to firefighters working at the scene. There is the possibility of unaccounted for pets but the homeowner stated that they had the ability to get out of the house by a pet door.
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