House fire on Kent’s East Hill displaces family of five

A Kent house fire displaced a family of five at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday in the 13100 block of 246th Place on the East Hill.

A Kent house fire displaced a family of five at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday in the 13100 block of Southeast 246th Place on the East Hill.

A resident called 911 to report a neighbor’s house on fire, according to a Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority media release. The caller reported everyone got out of the house and one man tried to put out the fire with a garden hose. Paramedics treated that man at the scene for undisclosed injuries. There were no other injuries.

A thermal column of smoke could be seen from a couple of blocks away as firefighters sped to the house. The first firefighters reported thick, dark smoke and flames from the back of the house. The heat of the fire made entry into the house extremely dangerous and crews used a defensive attack from the exterior with a deck gun mounted on a fire engine.

Once crews knocked down the flames, they entered the house with hose lines to extinguish the fire. Crews put out the fire in about 30 minutes.

Investigators have yet to determine a cause of the fire but ruled out fireworks as a possible cause. No damage estimates were available.

The American Red Cross assisted the residents with housing and other needs. Firefighters rescued a pet dog from the house. The dog wasn’t hurt.

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