The following a press release from Renton Regional Fire Authority:
One person has been displaced following a 2-alarm fire in the Fairwood area of Renton.
The first calls to 911 at 9:15 a.m., were of a possible apartment fire on SE 177 Street, one block east of 140 Avenue SE. As information was updated, the fire was determined to be just to the south of the apartment complex at a single-family home in the 14200 block of SE 179 Pl.
Redirected firefighters found a single-story house, fully engulfed in flames. Once the crews determined that the occupant had safely escaped, they fought the fire “defensively,” or from the outside.
A steady wind from the south began sending sparks into the 100-foot fir trees between the house and the apartment complex. These trees began to burn and threaten the apartment buildings closest to the house. A second alarm was called for to bring in additional firefighters to protect the apartment complex.
Firefighters were able control both the house and tree fires, protecting the apartments from damage.
A King County Fire Investigator is on scene to determine the cause of the fire.
Red Cross is assisting the resident.
In addition to the Renton RFA, units from Puget Sound RFA, Maple Valley Fire, and Tukwila Fire also responded to the incident. King County Medic One, Zone 3 Rehab, and the Zone 3 Explorers also supported the firefighters at the scene.