Kent condo fire displaces five

Five people have been displaced following a condominium fire in the Kent Valley on Saturday.

  • Sunday, March 29, 2015 2:02pm
  • News

Area firefighters quickly doused a Kent condo fire Saturday in the 8500 block of South 259 Street.

For the Reporter

Five people have been displaced following a condominium fire in the Kent Valley on Saturday.

The fire, in the 8500 block of South 259 Street, was first reported at 1:30 p.m. When firefighters from the Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority arrived, they were told that a couch was burning in a middle unit and that all the occupants had escaped.

Initial reports that no one was home were erroneous.

The fire was controlled within 20 minutes but the fire and smoke damage had spread to several other condos in the building due to a common attic space that allowed smoke and heat to travel horizontally.

No one was injured in the fire and Red Cross was requested to help two families, four adults and one child, with housing.

Fire investigators said the fire was caused by a child plugging in a toaster too close to combustibles, and is considered accidental.

It is unknown whether there were working smoke alarms in the unit.

In addition to the Kent Fire Department RFA, Valley Regional Fire Authority, King County Medic One, and the Zone 3 Fire Explorers responded to the call.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

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.

More in News

A train route that would shuttle people between Eastern and Western Washington could tie in with the proposed ultra-high-speed rail between B.C. and Portland. Photo courtesy RobertStafford/Pixabay.com
State receives King County to Spokane rail study

It would take about eight and a half hours to reach the Inland Empire from Puget Sound.

The Red Lion Inn at 1 South Grady Way in Renton is being used as temporary site to relocate individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo.
Renton finds code violation, issues Aug. 9 removal of Red Lion Hotel temporary shelter

County officials believe emergency health order will supersede city’s move.

Bret Chiafalo. File photo
Supreme Court says state can punish WA faithless electors

Justices: Presidential electors, including Everett man, must keep pledge to back popular vote winner

Gov. Jay Inslee issued new guidance allowing the resumption of self-service buffets, salad bars, salsa bars, drink stations and other types of communal food sources in Phase 2. File photo
Buffets and salad bars back on the menu in King County

Gov. Jay Inslee has revised rules to allow self-serve food areas in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening.

A graduation like no other at Kent-Meridian High School | Photos

Students walk across campus in stages to keep social distancing

Pedestrian killed by semi on I-5 in Kent

Kent woman, 51, lies down on freeway prior to collision

Brian Tilley (left) and Katie Dearman work the wash station Friday at Kate’s Greek American Deli in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Governor’s no-mask, no-service order begins across Washington

“Just do not ring up the sale,” Gov. Jay Inslee said about customers who do not don the proper masks.

King County homeless count: 11,751 people, up 5 percent from 2019

One night a year, volunteers spread out across Seattle and King County… Continue reading

Crush zone

Driver suffers non-life threatening injuries in Kent crash

Most Read