On his way to a house fire call around 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, a North Bend volunteer firefighter found it, just a few houses down from his own.
The fire was burning at a neighbor's home, in the 13600 block of 432nd Avenue Southeast, and the firefighter contacted a resident on the porch. He learned that another resident, disabled, was unable to evacuate. The firefighter then entered the home and rescued the occupant from the back bedroom, where the fire may have started.
All of the other occupants were able to evacuate themselves.
Firefighters with Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R), and mutual aid units from Fall City and Snoqualmie responded by 9:13 p.m, and additional fire engines and medic vehicles were requested as backup. Heavy flames could be seen in the home's living room, and the fire was burning through the roof. When the fire burned through, responders, hindered by access problems within the house as well as the size of the fire shifted their response to a defensive approach.
Most of the home was destroyed. No cause has been determined, and the King County Fire Investigation Unit is investigating the incident.
Two occupants of the home were treated for minor injuries, then transported to a hospital for further evaluation.