UPDATE: Engine Crew's Quick Action Limits Damage in Bridle Trails Fire

No injuries were reported and significant damage was prevented Sunday evening when a house in Kirkland's Bridle Trails neighborhood on Rose Hill caught fire.


UPDATE, 9:20 a.m., Nov. 26: A family of four was displaced Sunday evening after a fire broke out in the crawl space of their Bridle Trails area home. No one was injured in the fire that started at about 5:15 p.m., and quick action by the Kirkland Fire Department’s Engine 22 crew is being credited with helping prevent the fire from spreading into the interior of the house.

“I would say Engine 22’s crew making some good decisions at the start helped prevent this from being a bigger fire,” said Acting Battalion Chief Ken Henderson, who was on the scene. Engine 22 and its crew work out of the Houghton Fire Station 22.

Henderson said the four occupants of the house, an elderly couple and their two adult sons, were not able to stay there Sunday night. “We talked to them and they did have some place to go,” he said.

Firefighters approached the fire from two crawl space entries, but the crawl space was so shallow that holes had to be cut through the floor of the house.

The house is on the 5700 block of 125th Lane NE on Rose Hill, near Bridle Trails State Park. Three Redmond Fire Department and two Bellevue Fire Department units assisted Kirkland firefighters.


Original story:

A fire engine crew from Kirkland Fire Department’s Houghton Station 22 is being credited with taking quick action and limiting damage to a house in the Bridle Trails area of Rose Hill that caught fire Sunday evening. There were no injuries.

A post on the Kirkland Firefighters Facebook page said the Engine 22 crew with assistance from other Kirkland crews and those from Redmond and Bellevue took aggressive action fighting the fire in the 5700 block of 125th Lane NE. That’s near Central Park Tennis Club and Bridle Trails State Park.

A comment on the post by a member of the volunteer Kirkland Fire Corps said, “The responding crews did an excellent job keeping the fire at bay. It was a very difficult fire to fight (the house is built like a fortress) but they stopped it from destroying the house and equally important prevented any significant damage to the contents.”

The fire was reported at about 5:15 p.m., and the Kirkland Firefighters post said damage was kept to a minimum and that the cause is under investigation. Four fire engines, one ladder truck and four other units responded to the call.

Patch has a call into the Kirkland Fire Department and will update this story with more details as soon as they become available.


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