Fall City home destroyed by Christmas blaze
October 2, 2008 · Updated 3:08 PM
One Fall City family's holiday celebration was abruptly cut short by
a house fire Christmas Day that gutted the upper floor and sent three
people to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
The fire, which started around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, effectively
destroyed the home located at 35916 S.E. 49th Street and brought a response
from several local agencies, including the Fall City Fire Department,
Eastside Fire and Rescue out of Carnation and the Snoqualmie Fire Department.
Two of the home's occupants, a 57-year-old woman and her adult
son, were subsequently transported to Overlake Hospital for treatment.
According to Chief Chris Conner of the Fall City Fire Department, one of
his volunteer firefighters was also transported, treated and released due
to smoke inhalation. The names of the victims have not been released.
Conner added the home's occupants attempted to put out the
blaze with a home fire extinguisher.
"We arrived eight minutes after the 911 call and found the second
floor engulfed in flames," he commented. "A fire extinguisher was used but
the fire was way too big.
"They had a family gathering planned for the day and there
may have been four or five in the house."
Conner added the cause of the fire was still under investigation
pending some interviews. Investigators believe the fire may have been started by
an open flame _ such as a candle _ in an upstairs bedroom, but are
withholding an official determination until the study is completed. The initial
damage estimate from the fire was $150,000.