A North Bend volunteer firefighter made a fortunate house call at his neighbor's on his way to the fire station, rescuing a disabled occupant of the house.
A volunteer firefighter living two houses from the scene stopped at the fire on his way to the fire station to respond to the residential structure fire at the 13600 block of 432nd Avenue SE in the North Bend area Friday night. The firefighter was met by the homeowner, who told him that a disabled occupant was still inside. The firefighter entered the residence, saw fire in the back bedroom and rescued the occupant. All other occupants were able to evacuate the residence.
The resident had called 911 around 9:15 p.m. Jan. 25 to report a fire in a bedroom where a disabled occupant was unable to evacuate the residence.
Firefighters on EF&R Ladder 87 from the North Bend Station arrived on scene, reporting heavy flames visible from the living room of the home. Battalion 71 arrived shortly thereafter and assumed command of the scene, then requested additional units including two additional fire engines and a medic unit. Once the fire burned through the roof of the home, firefighters transitioned from an offensive attack to a defensive attack due to heavy fire load and access problems within the residence. Firefighters treated two patients with minor injuries who were later transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
The King County Fire Investigation Unit (KCFIU) was called to the scene and the fire is currently under investigation. The majority of the residence was lost and the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. For more information on the fire, contact the KCFIU at (206) 263-2070.
Units on Scene: Engine 71, 72, 74, 88, Ladder 73, 87, Air Unit 81, Batt. 71, CMT77,
Bellevue Medic 3, KCFIU. Mutual Aid Units: Fall City Engine 271, Snoqualmie Engine 281
--Information from Eastside Fire & Rescue