Fire damaged a home built in 1897 in Tenino early Saturday morning, a fire that is thought to have originated near a wood stove.
According to Tenino Fire District 12 Battalion Chief James Fowler:
Fire crews responded to a report of a chimney fire about 6 a.m. Saturday, which was then upgraded to a structure fire after a second caller reported seeing flames.
Once fire crews arrived, they found an exterior wall of the home in the 100 block of Wichman St. S., was on fire. A family of five renting the home escaped unharmed after they were awakened by smoke alarms.
It took fire crews about an hour to knock down the fire, partly because of the size of the home -- 2,474 square feet -- and the various spaces inside the house that needed to be checked for fire.
Fowler said it appeared as though rooms, including laundry space and a pantry, had been added on to the house over the years.
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