House fire displaces Covington mayor’s family, kills their dog

Red Cross is assisting Mayor Jeff Wagner’s family; a board up company has secured the building.

A fire engulfed Mayor Jeff Wagner’s Covington home, displacing his family and killing their dog on Thursday night.

Puget Sound Fire responded to the house fire shortly before 8 p.m. in the 18800 block of SE 262 St., according to a Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority press release.

Karla Slate, the communications and marketing manager for the city, confirmed on Friday morning the fire occurred at the mayor’s house.

While the call initially came in as an automatic fire alarm from a residential alarm system, neighbors reported seeing flames from the kitchen and called 911 around the same time.

Puget Sound Fire arrived five minutes after the call and found smoke from the front of the house with flames coming from the kitchen, according to the release.

Crews battled the blaze and put out the fire shortly after they arrived.

Crews found the house full of heat and smoke. While no one was home at the time of the fire, the family dog was found unresponsive inside the house, according to the fire authority. Attempts to revive the pet were unsuccessful.

The residents have been displaced and have been assisted by the Red Cross. A board up company has secured the building.

The fire investigation confirmed the origin of the fire in the kitchen with an undetermined cause.

In total seven Puget Sound Fire units responded to this incident. Additional support was provided by Zone 3 Fire Rehab and King County Medic One.

According to the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, while there was a fair amount of heat and smoke damage throughout the house, the alarm company’s early notification and the alert neighbors provided for a quick response that minimized the spread of the fire.