House fire at Alki Ave. & 56th

My volleyball team and I were playing a league game on Alki beach when my teammate Rob noticed a small fire burning on the covered deck of a house across the street. As the fire rapidly grew I grabbed my phone and called 911 while my teammates and I raced raced across the street. We were yelling that the house was on fire and my teammates Rob and Pamela pounded on the doors, trying to alert any occupants. One occupant was home on the ground floor and immediately evacuated. It took about 7 minutes for the first fire truck to arrive (my 911 call initially went to Kitsap County and they had to transfer me to Seattle, then I was on hold for about 1 minute before getting a dispatcher); by then the roof over the deck had collapsed, the fire had spread across the deck into the house and to the house next door. A large crowd had gathered and watched as a total of 5 fire trucks arrived and firefighters began battling the blaze.

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Ron says ... on Thursday, Jul 31 at 3:11 AM

Glad everyone is safe.

Trish says ... on Tuesday, Jul 29 at 8:44 PM

Thank goodness everyone got out ok! You are a true hero

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, Jul 29 at 3:27 PM

It seem likes A lot of houses are burning down lately.....

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Jul 28 at 5:14 PM

glad eveyone is k

Mary Brush says ... on Friday, Jul 25 at 5:55 PM

You are a hero!

Rob Graham says ... on Friday, Jul 25 at 7:48 AM

Apparently the cat was rescued too.

jen nance says ... on Thursday, Jul 24 at 11:05 PM

i'm glad everyone is ok! you have an awesome vball team.

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