by David Weed/Woodinville Fire & Rescue
Fire broke out in the attic space and quickly spread to the roof of a large home near Welcome Lake. The fire broke out just before 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Firefighters from Woodinville Fire & Rescue (WFR), Redmond Fire Department, Kirkland Fire Department and Duvall Fire Department worked for more than an hour to bring the fire under control. The first arriving engine observed flames shooting out of the roof of the 6400-square-foot home. “The majority of the roof was engulfed in flames and it was clear that we would need additional engines to fight this fire,” stated WFR Acting Lieutenant Ian D’Ambrosia, who was on the first arriving engine company. Over 40 firefighters and 12 fire apparatus were used to combat the fire.
Neighbors noticed the fire on the roof and quickly alerted the residents who were inside but unaware of the fire. The residents quickly got out of the home as firefighters arrived to begin firefighting efforts. The fire was contained to the roof and upper floor of the home. While work continued to extinguish the blaze, additional firefighters immediately began spreading tarps in the lower floors to protect personal belongings from smoke and water damage. There were no injuries to firefighters or the residents. The fire destroyed the upper floor and roof of the house.
The fire appears to have started from a chimney that had a fire in the fireplace on the first floor. The fire damage is estimated at more than $1 million.