June 28—A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a Delridge house fire was caused by an overheated power cord in the downstairs bedroom. The cause is considered accidental, electrical. Four people, three cats and about a half-dozen chickens survived fire this morning.
At 11:19 a.m. the tenants of a home located in the 6500 block of Delridge Way SW called 911 to report flames coming from the basement of their single story home with basement. Two of the occupants attempted to fight the fire with a garden hose but the fire was too large. When Engine Company 32 arrived they found a well involved house fire with flames shooting from the basement, garage, living room and the back of the house. The fire extended into the attic. Firefighters began an aggressive attack. It took more than 50 firefighters 15 minutes to control the flames. The crews were able to protect the homes to the north and south of the burning house.
All of the occupants safely evacuated. Two of the occupant’s cats escaped the fire. Firefighters rescued a third cat found in the basement bedroom. The tenants say all half dozen of their backyard chickens survived the fire.
The Red Cross was called to provide temporary shelter for three adult males and one adult female. There were no injuries.
The fire investigator estimated the damage at $150, 000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents. The house is considered a total loss.
Firefighters will remain on scene as a Fire Watch to ensure the house does not rekindle.