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Driver Reported Car Trouble Before Vehicle Hit Redmond House, Started Fire

Redmond Police say the car hit a gas line, sparking the two-alarm blaze.

The driver of a 1997 Lexus sedan said she was having trouble with the car right before it crashed into a house in the 14800 block of NE 61st Way at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday and hit a gas line.

The driver, a 62-year-old Redmond woman, wasn't seriously hurt but was taken to Evergreen Hospital as a precautionary measure, according to a news release from the Redmond Police Department. 

Redmond Police spokesman Jim Bove said the driver claimed the car was accelerating just prior to the collision but added that the case is still under investigation. More information should be available later this week, Bove said.

“We are still investigating whether or not speed may have been a factor,” he said.

The home, which was vacant at the time, was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived, the news release stated. Police don’t believe alcohol was an issue in the crash, and the incident remains under investigation with police.

A portion of 148th Avenue Northeast was closed for two hours after the collision while Redmond Police and fire crews from Redmond, Bellevue and Kirkland responded to the crash and fire.

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Editor's note: This story was revised at 7:35 p.m. Sunday and 11:20 a.m. Monday to include information from a Redmond Police Department news release and RPD spokesman Jim Bove.

Margaret Santjer April 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Thanks, Michael, for sharing your video!
Chalen Maarten April 30, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Just under two minutes from time of arrival to spraying water.
Caitlin Moran April 30, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Not too shabby!
Michael Austin April 30, 2012 at 04:41 PM
No problem- it was really disturbing. A fire in person near your house (and people you know's house) is very different than seeing it on the news. I had just called 911 (after hearing the huge crunch), or I would have had more of it. The fire was very small and went up into that blaze in the video almost instantly when the gas went up. It was much much faster than you would think.
Greg Johnston April 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM
One summer some years ago Michael, my neighbor's back deck caught fire in the middle of the night. It woke us up and I looked out my bedroom window to see flames shooting 30 feet straight up. Called 911 and got the garden hose on it, but man it was scary at first, I had three little kids in the house! Thanks again for the video.

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