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Fire damages West Hill house in Kent

Firefighters put out an attic fire Jan. 1 at a house in the 25000 block of 20th Avenue South on the West Hill. - COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Fire Department
Firefighters put out an attic fire Jan. 1 at a house in the 25000 block of 20th Avenue South on the West Hill.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Fire Department

A house fire in the 25000 block of 20th Avenue South in Kent has been ruled accidental and caused by an electrical malfunction in the attic space wiring.

Firefighters from the Kent Fire Department RFA and South King Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the single-story house at 10:26 p.m. Jan. 1 on the West Hill when the residents noticed smoke coming from the roof, according to a Kent Fire Department media release.

The fire had burned undetected for quite a while, charring the roof trusses and discoloring the ceiling. By pulling down parts of the ceiling and opening a hole in the roof, firefighters were able to access the fire and limit the damage.

All five residents were able to get out safely and there were no reported injuries.


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