A fire on a back porch of a Kenmore home Thursday morning was put out by a man who lived there but the property sustained $15,000 in damage.
The Northshore Fire Department was dispatched at 6:16 a.m to the house fire at the 6500 block of NE 198 Street.
The occupant of the home suddenly woke to the sound of a smoke alarm and jumped into action. He saw smoke and flames coming from the back porch. Using a fire extinguisher he quickly knocked down most of the fire. He then used a garden hose to extinguish the rest. The Northshore firefighters were assisted by personnel from Bothell Fire Department.
Upon arrival, firefighters saw the heavy charring and burnt remnants of a wooden hot tub. Firefighters removed portions of the deck and home to ensure no fire had extended into the house.
A King County Fire Investigator and the Northshore Fire Department Fire Marshal investigated the cause of the fire and it was determined to be accidental. Estimated fire damage is $15,000. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.
This fire once again shows the importance of having working smoke alarms and an extinguisher in your home. Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace your batteries annually.
Source: Northshore Fire Department.