Four people in a Lacey home escaped a fire Sunday morning. The sleeping residents, who work nights, woke up to the sounds of breaking glass and explosions, according to fire officials.
Firefighters were dispatched at 11:38 a.m. and arrived five minutes later to find heavy fire, smoke and heat in several rooms of the single story house on 25th Avenue Southeast in Lacey.
One person opened a bedroom door and saw “nothing but fire,” according to a news release from Thurston County Fire District 3. One resident was injured by broken glass.
A pet rabbit did not survive the fire. No working smoke alarms were found in the residence.
Investigators identified the likely cause of the fire as a bathroom electrical wall heater that ignited nearby clothing and a plastic bathtub.
Contents of the house were deemed a complete loss. That plus severe structural damage brought the estimated total loss to more than $262,500.
Firefighters from East Olympia and Olympia also responded.