A Saturday night house fire in Sammamish in the Heritage Hills area has left two people temporarily homeless, according to Eastside Fire Battalian Chief Glenn Huffman.
At approximately 11 p.m. Saturday, a woman who lives at NE 26th Place awoke and saw a glow coming from the backyard. When she saw it was a fire, she woke up her husband, who reportedly tried without success to put the fire out using a garden hose.
Firefighters were called at 11:10 p.m. and flames were fully visible from the house when they arrived. The fire, started by a barbecue grill that had not been fully extinguished, had moved from the back porch to a second story bedroom and attic, Huffman said. Eastside and Redmond firefighters worked to contain the fire for more than four hours with seven fire engines, a ladder truck and an air unit. The couple evacuated the home and no one was injured, Huffman said.
The bulk of the fire and smoke damage was reportedly done to exterior and second floor and the damage was estimated at $75,000 for the house and $75,000 for property. The American Red Cross was assisting the couple, Huffman said.