Overnight 2-Alarm Fire Engulfs Renton Home Under Renovation

Jacob Kimerer

Firefighters state heavy flames, steep terrain, and downed power lines hampered firefighting efforts.

Renton, WA: At around 10:48 p.m., crews with Renton Regional Fire were called to the 3800 block of 103rd Avenue Southeast for reported residential structure fire. While responding, the call was upgraded to a working structure fire as there were multiple people reporting the blaze.

When crews arrived, they found the home fully engulfed with heavy smoke and flames showing through the roof of the structure. Due to the heavy fire conditions, crews set up for a defensive attack and command called for a 2nd alarm assignment.

It took crews about an hour to bring the fire under control and now are working to extinguish the remaining hot spots.

Fire officials state that the location of the home brought issues in fighting the fire. Stating that the home is built on a hillside made it very difficult to reach and extinguish flames at the rear of the home. Crews had to deploy their aerial ladder truck to extinguish those flames. Officials also state that the driveway to the home is partially paved and steep making accessing the home with fire apparatus impossible.

Lastly crews were delayed by power lines that were burned to the ground by this massive fire.

In the end, no injuries were reported to civilians or firefighters. Crews believe the home is under renovations and vacant at the time.

Officials state the home is a total loss.