Firefighters rescue trapped woman and cat from burning home

May 24—Seattle Fire Investigator determined a house fire in the 600 block of NW 80th Street was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials on the back deck.

At 11:07 a.m. firefighters were called to the house for reports of a back porch on fire. When firefighters arrived they found the 2-story home with basement charged with smoke. Some residents evacuated when the buildings fire alarms sounded. A female in her 50’s was trapped in her 2nd floor bedroom and unable to evacuate due to the heavy smoke in the house. Firefighters from Engine Company 35 rescued the trapped female and her cat from the second floor room using a ladder.  The woman was evaluated by medics and did not need further treatment.

It took fire crews 7 minutes to control the fire and 20 minutes to completely extinguish the flames. The damage was limited to the back porch, the kitchen and the siding of the group home.  The damage estimate is $65,000 to the building and contents.

Due to the smoke and fire damage, residents were not allowed back into the home. The Red Cross was called out to assist 5 people displaced by the fire.

There were no injuries.