A High Point area home outside the Issaquah city limits was decimated by a house fire that began just before noon on June 29.
The fire at the two-story home was reported by a neighbor at 11:47, when flames were seen coming from the roof just above the home’s garage.
The house was empty and no one was injured, reported Josie Williams, the Eastside Fire and Rescue public information officer.
However, according to Hillary Aldassy, who has lived in the house, that is owned by her in-laws, for a few years with her husband, the family’s dog was in the downstairs before the neighbor who reported the fire smashed a rock through a window and retrieved the pet.
Aldassy was in Seattle, where she works, when her husband called to tell her that their home was on fire.
“At first I though he was joking,” Aldassy said. “But when he told me it was true, I had to have a co-worker drive me because I was still shaking.”
Approximately 25 firefighters from across the Eastside helped to put the fire out, a process which was delayed due to the narrow roads and lack of a hydrant to plug into.
After roughly an hour and a half of burning, the problems were overcome, but not before the second floor of the home collapsed.
The cause of the fire, which flames were reportedly so prolific that cars reported seeing it as they drove by exit 22, has yet to be determined.
King County fire investigation will attempt to find the fire’s cause, but according to Williams that could take a couple of days.