Firefighters extinguish house blaze on Southeast 82nd Avenue

Mercer Island fire crews and other neighboring units extinguished a house fire in the 8200 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue on the morning of Oct. 18.

No residents were home at the time the three-story house became engulfed in flames and thick black smoke, and there were no injuries while firefighters contained the two-alarm blaze, according to the Mercer Island Fire Department (MIFD).

Mercer Island crews responded first to the fire at 10:45 a.m. Overall, 10 units fought the blaze, including units from Bellevue, Redmond, Eastside Fire and Rescue and Kirkland. Members of the Mercer Island Police Department were also present and assisted with traffic and scene control.

MIFD crews quickly stretched their two hose lines and forced entry to the second level to begin dousing the fire. Bellevue crews then arrived with additional hose lines that they utilized on the first and third floors.

“A Bellevue ladder truck ventilated the roof to allow the toxic gases to escape and to provide better interior visibility,” according to a MIFD fire report, which added that the fire extended to the detached garage via an attached roof-covered walkway. There was minimal damage to the garage door and roof and the vehicle inside.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.