Investigators are unsure what started a house fire early Wednesday morning near Rochester that could be seen from miles away and displaced four people.
Fire crews and investigators were at a home in the 13000 block of 188th Avenue Southwest throughout the day to determine origin and cause of the fire, which was reported just before 3:30 a.m., said Robert Scott, chief of operations for the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.
Investigators don’t think the cause of the fire was suspicious. The blaze did an estimated $170,000 in damage, Scott said.
Firefighters found a trailer, a garage and part of the residence in flames. Two 250-gallon propane tanks adjacent to the garage also caught fire, shooting flames 100 feet into the air, Scott said. The tanks did not explode because they are designed to vent gas if overheated, he added.
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Scott said the fire spread to the dining room, the living room and a bedroom.
The heat and ferocity of the fire made it quite a spectacle for first responders.
“When we arrived, you could see the glow from the fire about two miles away,” Scott said.
All four people escaped the home without injury. Most will live with family members, and one has been referred to the American Red Cross, officials say.
Scott said crews were able to get the fire under control within 25 minutes. Thirty firefighters from West Thurston, McLane/Black Lake Fire, Grays Harbor Fire District 1 in Oakville and Thurston County Fire District 13 responded.
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