Driver dead after crash into home that set house on fire

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. — A driver is dead after a crash into a Mountlake Terrace home that set the house on fire.

>>PHOTOS: Driver killed, fire started in crash into house

It happened around 8 a.m. Monday at 220th Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West.

“It’s just overwhelming, I don’t know where to go or start, what to do,” said John Johnson, who lives in the home.

The driver, a woman in her late 20s, struck a power pole and went through a fence before hitting the house. Video from the scene shows the top half of the power pole hanging from lines and an SUV partially inside the home.

Johnson had been in the house only five minutes before a car slammed into it, and was a block away when he saw the heavy smoke and turned around. His wife was home at the time in an upstairs bedroom.

She was taken to the hospital as a precaution for possible smoke inhalation.

The fire has since been put out.

The cause of the crash is not yet known. Police have not said if the driver’s death was the result of the crash, or what caused the crash.