Three family members are at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following a house fire on the 1500 block of 12th Avenue in Milton late Sunday night. Firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a house fire at 11:44 p.m. The single-story home was fully-involved when they arrived.
Two of the family members initially escaped the fire, but one of them went back into the home to rescue a third family member before the firefighters arrived. They barely made it out, breaking a window to escape.
According to acting Battalion Chief Eric McLeroy, battling the blaze was particularly challenging due to exploding ammunition in the home and a large propane tank located on the backside of the house. However, they were able to safety knock down the fire and prevent it from spreading to neighboring homes.
“Fortunately there were no fatalities. We are very grateful for that,” he said.
A Central Pierce Fire and Rescue medic unit provided mutual aid.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The house is a total loss.