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Car totaled in Kirkland garage fire

Kirkland firefighters responded to a garage fire in the North Rose Hill neighborhood on the evening of April 16. - Courtesy of the Kirkland Fire Department
Kirkland firefighters responded to a garage fire in the North Rose Hill neighborhood on the evening of April 16.
— image credit: Courtesy of the Kirkland Fire Department

Kirkland firefighters quickly responded to a one-story house fire last evening that left a car and garage charred.

At around 8 p.m., an occupant of the home, located at 10600 block of 124th Ave. NE in the North Rose Hill neighborhood, was taking a shower when they noticed something wasn’t right.

“… They lost host water, which made them wonder what was going on,” said Kirkland Fire Department Battalion Chief Larry Peabody. “They opened the garage and there was smoke.”

The person initially tried to save the car by opening both garage doors but decided to call for help when the fire became “well involved,” Peabody said.

But the phone wasn’t working correctly either.

Luckily, a neighbor, the first reporting party, made the call to 911 at 8:21 p.m. and firefighters were there within minutes.

“When the first unit arrived, the garage was completely gone,” said Peabody, adding that it took firefighters 10 minutes to control the fire.

No pets, humans or firefighters were injured but Peabody unofficially estimates the damage to be around $250,000.

The rest of the house sustained smoke damage as well as some neighboring shrubbery.

“Underwriters Laboratories just finished a large scale study that determined that once a fire is found, all attempts to shut the doors should be made to limit the spread of the fire,” Peabody said.

Bothell and Redmond firefighter units also responded.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, it is not being investigated as a suspicious fire at this time.

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