A Kent Fire Investigator is looking into the cause of a house fire that took place in the 13500 block of SE 233 Street. The fire, which was first reported at 11:20 a.m. today, July 4 and has displaced three people and does not appear to be related to fireworks.
The first Kent firefighters on scene reported that there was heavy black smoke coming from the back of house and quickly confirmed that no one was still in the single story home. In addition to attacking the fire through the front door, firefighters cut a hole in the roof to remove much of the smoke and heat, helping to improve the visibility in the house and aiding the firefighting effort. The fire was controlled in less than ten minutes. Smoke damage was extensive through the structure.
The adult female who was home at the time of the fire evacuated after discovering that she could not extinguish the fire herself. A passerby assisted her in calling 911. Firefighters confirmed that the female was not injured in the fire though she was shaken up by the experience. A total of two adults and one juvenile have been displaced, but are being cared for by friends and relatives.
While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, it does not appear to be fireworks related.