Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Malfunctioning dishwasher sparks house fire

Incident Date:  4/23/13
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  6705 24th St. NE
Incident Type:  Residential House Fire

Narrative:  At 11:11 a.m. firefighters from stations 1,2,3,8,12, and 17 responded to a reported house fire.  

The first arriving company found heavy smoke showing from the side and rear of the one-story 1,058 square foot house. Crews attacked the fire with handlines, ventilated the structure and completed a search to confirm no one was trapped in the building. Two of the occupants were evaluated by paramedics and released at the scene, and a total of five were displaced by the blaze.  

A fire investigator determined that a mechanical failure in a dishwasher started the fire, resulting in an estimated $81,500 damage to the building and its contents.