Units from Valley Regional Fire Authority’s Station 32 were dispatched to a residential fire on Saturday, April 6th. Two separate people passing by contacted 911. Units arrived on the scene within a minute, as the fire was directly across the street from the station. The fire was fully suppressed within 14 minutes. The residents were not at home when the fire began.
According to VRFA Public Information Officer Kimberly Terhune, “The fire extended from the porch through a sliding glass door and into the home.”
According to the fire investigator, the fire began on the exterior of the home in the covered porch area. The house had interior fire sprinklers, which aided in the fire suppression. “The interior sprinklers activated from the heat of the fire and limited fire damage to a relatively small area of one room,” said Terhune. “If fire sprinklers had not been present, this fire could have spread rapidly into the open-concept style room with high ceilings (both features that contribute to fire spread) causing more damage.”
The Fire Investigator completed their damage estimate Tuesday morning. “Damage to the structure is estimated at $50,000 and contents at $20,000. This number would be much higher had residential sprinklers not been present in the home,” said Terhune
Terhune also shared that a “six-month-old puppy was in the home during the fire and was uninjured, most likely due to the residential fire sprinklers.”
The “puppy was so happy to see his family that he would not stop running around. [He] came out after the fire. We were doing a walk through with the family, attempting to get some clothes for the family to have while they were displaced. When the dog came running down the stairs, it was kind of startling. The dog must have heard his family voices and left his (excellent) hiding place,” said Firefighter Dean McAuley.
Auburn Police Department was also on scene and listed the call as ‘arson’ in their reports. Terhune clarified that “Our Fire Investigator checked into the daily reports and asked APD about the “Arson” classification. Apparently, “Arson and all other” is a category they use for fires when filing these reports. It does not necessarily mean that the fire was determined to be arson. APD had no new evidence that would point to an incendiary fire (arson), so we are staying with our finding of an accidental fire cause.”
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is providing temporary housing for the family at this time.