• Thanksgiving fire displaces family of four


    NEWCASTLE, Wash. - The Bellevue Fire Department responded to a house fire around the 7000 block of 123rd Ave SE just after midnight Thursday.

    When the first fire engine arrived, firefighters found the home’s attic engulfed in flames.

    “Crews immediately confirmed the four family members were out of the home and began an exterior attack on the flames," a statement from the fire department read. "A total of four engine companies and two ladder companies worked to bring the fire under control in less than 30 minutes."

    No injuries were reported.

    The cause of the fire was unknown late Thursday morning. Firefighters said the fire began outside the garage and then spread into the attic.

    Although minimal smoke and heat damage was done to the home’s living area, the outside garage wall and the attic sustained significant damage, estimated at $80,000.

    The fire was first discovered by a university student who had returned home for the Thanksgiving holiday. He alerted the residents of the home and then called 911.

    The American Red Cross responded to assist the family with immediate housing and support.   


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