Kent firefighters limit house fire to attic

Firefighters attack a blaze Wednesday at a Kent home in the 22200 block of 129th Place Southeast. - COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Fire Department
Firefighters attack a blaze Wednesday at a Kent home in the 22200 block of 129th Place Southeast.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Fire Department

A Kent house fire Wednesday could have been much worse than it was after flames traveled from beauty bark into a vertical column supporting part of the roof, and into a portion of the attic space.

No one was home in the 22200 block of 129th Place Southeast when neighbors reported the fire at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday. When firefighters arrived from the Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority and from the Renton Fire Department, they found smoke and flames coming from the attic of the two story house.

Because of a quick attack on the fire and the way the roof system was constructed, firefighters were able to limit the fire to a 10 feet by 10 feet area of the attic over the front door, according to a Kent Fire Department media release. Although a small amount of smoke got into the house, there was no damage to the main portion of the structure.

A heat source in the beauty bark by the front door ignited a portion of the structure, according to investigators. The fire cause is considered “undetermined” but appears to have been caused by a discarded cigarette or firework.

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