Although there were no working smoke alarms, all 13 occupants and several pets had exited safely before the fire department arrived.
The Northshore firefighters were assisted by personnel from the Bothell, Kirkland and Shoreline fire departments. The fire damage was limited to the exterior and attic of the home.
The occupant stated that a few of the children were outside playing near the gas water heater and a 4-year-old was trying to light birthday candles by using the pilot light. The King County investigator determined the cause to be accidental.
The occupants of the home have been displaced, but Red Cross was on scene to help with any shelter, clothing and food needs.