Second fire breaks out at West Seattle home in less than a week



SEATTLE - A fire broke out Monday morning at the same West Seattle home that caught fire last week.

The elderly couple who lived at the home on 39th Avenue Southwest in the Arbor Heights neighborhood was not home when the fire broke out about 5 a.m.  because they were forced out by the first blaze on April 29.

The man who lived in the home with his wife remains in the hospital after he was burned fighting through blinding smoke in last week’s fire trying to find his wife, not realizing she had already escaped.

Seattle fire said a neighbor ran in and pulled the man to safety.

Seattle fire said after the first fire, the home was under a 24-hour-a-day watch to ensure the flames did not reignite.  It was after that watch was over that the second fire may have rekindled.

Investigators do not yet know what caused the fire.

Neighbors said they are saddened because the couple who lived in the home are beloved and the home and yard were their pride and joy.

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