Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority crews doused a house fire in Kent on Tuesday night.
The resident was able to evacuate safely as firefighters attacked and put out the fire in the 24600 block of 98th Avenue South.
The occupant had two cats that perished in the fire. There were no other injuries.
At about 10:10 p.m., fire crews were dispatched to a reported residential fire in a single-story house with a basement. The initial dispatch brought seven units to the scene and the upgrade to a working fire included support from King County Medic 1 and Zone 3 rehab.
The first-arriving unit was on scene five minutes after dispatch and reported smoke and flames from the front room of the house that had broken through the window and were extending to the eves of the roof.
The resident is being relocated with family, and the structure is being secured.
The cause is under investigation.
During the busy holiday season taking the time to practice fire safety is important. Make sure you have working smoke alarms. Keep combustibles away from sources of heat and open flames. Check your fire extinguisher. And know your escape plan and meting place. Take a few minutes of your holiday family time together to discuss fie safety. It is a gift that will continue to give.