Lots of 911 calls came in around 10 o'clock this morning when residents of Juanita saw billows of smoke and flames coming from this West of Market home (photo left, thanks LK). Luckily, there were no injuries- the couple was able to get out of their house safely. Witnesses said the fire grew really quickly, as is evident by the burnt up roof, attic, carport, vehicle and motorcycle. The upper level also sustained some damage and the house is uninhabitable. The cause of the fire is not known, but Kirkland Fire will be investigating.
The cause of my near heart attack IS known. This house is just a couple blocks away from ours and when I walked out of the gym and saw this in the sky, coupled with the 4 texts and 3 voicemails I had missed, I assumed the worst.
This is a good reminder that winter-time has the highest incidences of fires, likely from heaters and appliances. So be extra careful, and it's always a good idea to have a household emergency exit plan in place. Not to mention your insurance up-to-date! ~j