November 9, 2017
Kirkland Fire Department
Media Information Line: 425-587-3699
Kirkland, Wash. – On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Kirkland firefighters extinguished two house fires within forty minutes of each other. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. Kirkland Fire Department units were assisted by crews from Woodinville, Bothell, and Redmond.
A unique set of circumstances are linked to the cause of both fires. At approximately 5 p.m. both homes, which were about a mile apart, experienced a power outage. Residents in both homes were preparing meals on their stove tops. After making preparations to deal with the loss of power, the occupants left their homes without properly turning off the stove tops. Home owners in both cases returned to find their homes engulfed in fire.
The Kirkland Fire Department would like to remind all residents to always check their stove tops when they experience a power outage. When the electricity comes back on, burners left on will ignite any combustibles left on the stove.
Media wishing to interview a Kirkland Deputy Fire Chief are invited to call Kirkland Communications Program Manager Kathy Cummings at 425 587-3021.