If you heard a lot of sirens and saw a large amount of emergency vehicles Monday morning, Sept. 25, 2023, it’s likely due to a fire at a single family residence in the 800 block of SW 135th Street in Burien (map below).

The fire was dispatched at 8:34 a.m., and King County Fire District No. 2 reports that occupants suffered from mild smoke inhalation after trying to put the fire out. They suffered no serious injuries and declined transport after an evaluation by King County Medic 1 paramedics.

The fire began in the basement of the home.

Engine 328, from Fire Station 28, was first on scene and pulled an attack line for fire attack. The crew was able to access the basement from an interior stairwell, made their way through the basement to the last room down the hallway from the stairs. With smoke to the floor and active burning of a room and contents the crew was able to extinguish the flames and save a majority of the home from fire damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but appears accidental at this time.

“It was a great job by our firefighters to get there quick (4 minutes 59 seconds from time of dispatch, to getting their gear on, and driving to the address) and douse the flames,” Ray Desmarais, Assistant Chief | Fire Marshal, King County Fire District #2 told The B-Town Blog.

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