Two vacant homes caught fire Friday morning, Jan. 6 in separate incidents in Kent with each reportedly caused by homeless who used the houses.
Nobody was injured in either fire, said Pat Pawlak, spokesperson for Kent-based Puget Sound Fire.
Firefighters responded at about 3:42 a.m. to a house fire in the 21500 block of 108th Avenue SE on the East Hill. Firefighters saw flames coming from the windows of the single-story house. They extinguished the fire in about 45 minutes.
“It was a vacant house and it appears (the cause) may have been related to transient or homeless activity,” Pawlak said in a phone interview.
Renton Regional Fire Authority assisted on the call.
Firefighters responded to a second house fire at about 8:49 a.m. in the 500 block of Bridges Avenue South, just southeast of downtown. It took about an hour to put out the fire.
“It was a vacant house and (the cause) is under investigation but there were reports of homeless going in and out of there,” Pawlak said.
Talk to us
Please share your story tips by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.