A fire destroyed a home in the 8300 block of Libby Road NE Monday.
Homeowner Carl Snyder said he and his wife were home when the fire started in the garage about 11:40 a.m.
"We heard a noise, then I went to the garage and I opened the garage door, it was a lot of heat and smoke," Snyder said.
As of 5 p.m., firefighters from all over the region were still at the scene, bringing water tenders to the still burning home.
Incident Commander Brandon LeMay, Assistant Fire Chief for South Bay Fire District 8, said the fire was very challenging, because by the time the first responders arrived, the fire was fully-involved, and had spread to the attic and crawlspace.
At first, firefighters took an offensive attack to the fire, LeMay said. But when firefighters started noticing different colored smoke coming up from the floorboards, they realized there was probably fire underneath the home, and that's when they took a defensive position, he said.
Firefighters grabbed firearms and ammunition from inside the home to return to Snyder and his family. They also told the homeowners they would retrieve and try to salvage items of sentimental value.
"These guys responded really fast, they're doing a great job," Snyder said.
Snyder said he moved into the home with his wife and daughter in 2005.
Deputy Lacey Fire Chief Gary Pearson was on scene, and he said another challenge for firefighters was bringing water to and from the scene with water tenders. The home itself was in a confined space off a dirt road, and is not served by water hydrants.
"It's a tough fire," Pearson said.
Firefighters from North Olympia Fire District 7, South Bay Fire District 8, Lacey Fire District 3, the Olympia Fire Department, the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority, East Olympia Fire District 6 and McLane Fire District 9 all responded to the fire Monday.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445; firstname.lastname@example.org