Fire starts in basement, reaches attic ahead of firefighters

Fire severely damaged a home in the 6600 block of Shincke Road on Wednesday afternoon, according to the South Bay District 8 fire chief.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appears that it started in the basement when fireplace debris ignited after it had been removed and left unattended, South Bay Fire Chief Brian VanCamp said.

The origin of the fire is not considered suspicious, he said.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, VanCamp said. The fire spread quickly throughout the wood-frame structure and had reached the attic by the time firefighters arrived, he said.

There is extensive smoke and water damage throughout the home, although the “house is generally intact,” VanCamp said. The homeowner will be able to salvage some belongings, he said.

A married couple lived in the home. They could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

VanCamp said that as many as 30 firefighters responded to the blaze, including personnel from South Bay Fire District 8, North Olympia Fire District 7, Lacey Fire District 3, McLane Fire District 9 and the Olympia Fire Department.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465