An early-morning fire in the 500 block of 172nd Place Northeast caused extensive damage and approximately $175,000 in property loss. Both occupants were able to make it out of the house safely after a smoke detector alerted them. Alert neighbors were the first to notify 911 after seeing flames visible from the roof. The single-family home incurred extensive damage to the roof and main floor. The fire occurred at about 12:24 a.m.
The 75 year-old male resident first heard the smoke detector and got up to investigate. He soon noticed smoke and some fire in an adjacent room and briefly attempted to extinguish it. He then left the structure with his wife and was able to notify 911 dispatchers by cell phone that the house was no longer occupied.
A total of 24 fire department personnel worked to extinguish the fire. A total of eight fire department apparatus were on scene: two light-force truck units, three engines, one medic unit, one aid car and a battalion chief. Redmond fire assisted at the scene with one engine.
There are no reported injuries to either the occupants or fire personnel on the scene. Family members are able to shelter the displaced residents.
A fire investigator is looking over the fire scene to determine the cause. The cause remains undetermined at this time.
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