1 killed in Lacey house fire

by: Natasha Chen Updated:

LACEY, Wash. - A woman has died after being trapped in an early morning fire in the 1200 block of Marvin Road Southeast.

Three other occupants of the two-story cedar house escaped safely.

Fire crews from Lacey and Olympia responded.

"Our crews made multiple attempts to rescue the victim, but because of the heavy involvement of the fire, we were unable to do so," said Chief Steve Brooks of Lacey Fire District 3.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

One neighbor, Kimberly Valentine, woke up to the noise around 5:30 a.m.

"I heard some explosions; then I heard the fire trucks. I heard a couple of booms, but I don't know if it was just because of the echo," Valentine said.

She also heard one person was trapped.

"I saw the stretcher go by, but I couldn't tell because it was so early in the morning," she said.

After initial crews tried to rescue the woman, other units faced the additional challenge of extending the hose to the closest fire hydrant, which was several hundred feet away.

The house was also tucked behind trees on a hill, relatively remonte.

"We were able to get one single engine into the driveway, then everyone else had to be on foot. There was a slight delay, but not a significant delay associated with that," Brooks said.