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3 south Thurston homes catch fire in one night — fires not related

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority 1 crews were dispatched to fires at three homes within 21/2 hours Thursday, according to fire chief operations Robert Scott.

About 30 firefighters from multiple fire districts responded to the calls, he said. No injuries were reported.

The first call came it at 5:03 p.m. in the 2100 block of Old Highway Southwest.

“It was a kitchen fire,” Scott said. “When they arrived, it was out.”

While crews were checking for smoke damage and making sure the scene was safe, they were dispatched to a fire in the 6500 block of 127th Avenue Southwest at 6:18 p.m. It was an attic fire, but it took some work to extinguish.

“The house was built in 1908, so there were a lot of hidden spaces, hidden voids, to get to where the fire was,” Scott said.

Crews had to cut holes into some of the walls to get to the fire, he said. The cause of the fire was a clogged or blocked chimney, Scott said.

“There’s water damage throughout,” he added. “We were able to assist the occupants in moving a lot of their belongings out. We made a referral for them through Red Cross.”

While crews were working on the second blaze, a third fire was reported about 7:15 p.m. in the 11300 block of Case Extension Road Southwest, according to a Thurston County dispatcher.

“The crews arrived on the scene and did not need any additional units,” Scott said.

He said he didn’t have any more information on the third call.

None of the fires were related, Scott said.

“Just timing,” he added. “We average a house fire about every six to eight weeks, and we just happened to have three in a two-and-a-half hour period. It’s not unheard of, but it doesn’t happen that often.”

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