Firefighter treated for heat exhaustion after North Renton house fire

Wallgren said investigators determined the fire was caused by food left cooking on the stove.

One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion following a residential fire in North Renton on Sunday afternoon.

According to Deputy Chief Erik Wallgren, firefighters responded to a call for a residential house fire in the 300 block of Meadow Avenue at about 2 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames at the house and immediately began to battle the blaze.

Wallgren said there had been two occupants of the house, but both got out ok and were uninjured. However, in battling the smoke and flames, one firefighter had to be transported to Valley Medical center for heat exhaustion. He was treated and released and is recovering with no issues.

Because of the warm weather and size of the fire, it was upgraded to a second alarm. Firefighters from Tukwila, King County Fire District 20, as well as medics from King County Medic One and Zone 3 Fire Explorers responded.

Wallgren said investigators determined the fire was caused by food left cooking on the stove. Wallgren said one of the occupants had left food on the stove and moved to a different part of the house when the fire started.

“When cooking, just keep an eye on it,” Wallgren said.

He also said the fire was a reminder to make sure all of the smoke detectors in your home have fresh batteries and are in proper working order to provide early notification of incidents like this.


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