LAKE FOREST PARK - At 5:44 a.m. on Dec. 28, the Northshore Fire Dept. was dispatched to the report of a structure fire in the 17800 block of 28th Ave. NE in Lake Forest Park.
Upon arrival fire fighters reported that flames were shooting from the garage door windows of an attached garage of a split-level, wood-frame, single-family residence. The fire was extending into the bedroom located above the garage.The fire was brought under control in approximately 15 minutes. A bystander reported everyone was out of the house. A primary and secondary search of the home was conducted and no occupants were found inside.
The occupants soon appeared stating they had been alerted to the fire by a smoke detector.
They initially thought the alarm clock had been set earlier by mistake. When they realized the sound was coming from the smoke detector, a family member went to check and discovered smoke coming into the house through the seams around the door going into the garage. He opened the door and saw only flames. He closed the door, and he, his wife and their two dogs escaped from the house unharmed. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damages were mostly confined to the garage, with some smoke damage to the interior of the home.
Northshore Fire Dept. would like to re-emphasize the importance of having a working smoke detector installed in your home. Place detectors on every level of the home and test them monthly.