Fire causes $300,000 in damage to Newcastle home

October 4, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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The Bellevue Fire Department and Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a house fire in the 14300 block of Southeast 77th Street at about 10 a.m. Sept. 14, according to Lt. Troy Donlin, Bellevue Fire Department spokesman.

Donlin said landscapers in the area found smoke and flames on the side of the house, called 911, and seven minutes later, crews arrived on the scene to find smoke and flames coming from the attic of the two-story house.

There was no one inside at the time, Donlin said; the homeowners arrived about 25 minutes into the incident.

Contributed by the Bellevue Fire Department
Smoke and flames billow from the roof of a Newcastle home in the 14300 block of Southeast 77th Street, after a house fire broke out Sept. 13.

Donlin described the fire as “stubborn” because of the cedar roof shingles. It took firefighters about 53 minutes to contain the fire.

“It was a stubborn fire because it’s a cedar shake home,” he said. “So, we had a lot of little individual spot fires throughout the roof.”

On the scene, there was visible damage to the roof, and Donlin said the second story was damaged from water and ceiling material as a result of firefighting activities.

In addition to the water the firefighters aimed at the house, the home also had an indoor sprinkler system that went off, Donlin said.

Damage to the four-bedroom home was estimated at $300,000.

Donlin said investigators determined that the fire started on the exterior of the home, though the cause has yet to be determined.

“Initial reports were on the exterior,” he said. “So, we’re just reminding people that we’re still in a spot, with the relative humidity and the temperature outside, where exterior fires are a real challenge and it’s totally possible that this started in bark.”

The couple and their two children who live in the house asked for help from the Red Cross, Donlin said, adding that the homeowners were insured.

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