No injuries in structure fire on 88th Avenue

Home was safely evacuated after fire caused by electrical failure.

Mercer Island Fire Department patch.

At 4:28 p.m. on Jan. 27, Mercer Island Fire Department (MIFD) responded to a residential structure fire in the 4600 block of 88th Ave. SE, according to a statement from Battalion Chief Shawn Matheson.

The two-story home was occupied when the fire started and was safely evacuated when fire units arrived. Firefighters observed smoke on arrival, and extinguished the fire with a single attack hose line after about 30 minutes.

Arriving on scene within minutes, firefighters were able to extinguish this fire with no extension to other areas or buildings.

The fire originated in the attic, where the main electrical power supply enters the home through the roof, and was caused by an electrical failure.

The initial attack of the fire was offensive, which means fire personnel fought this fire from the interior of the structure.

A total of nine fire apparatus were dispatched to this incident. Seven MIFD personnel extinguished the fire, and were assisted with ventilation and support by 12 Bellevue firefighters.

The building and contents sustained limited damage caused by fire, heat, water and smoke. Preliminary damage estimates to the building and contents are $30,000.

For more information, contact the on duty battalion chief at 206-275-7962.


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