Firefighters arrived at the two-story home around 4:45 p.m. to find the residence full of smoke and flames coming from the windows, fire authorities said. One man and two police officers were evaluated at hospitals for injuries from inhaling smoke.

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Investigators believe a Tukwila house fire that sent three people to the hospital Friday afternoon was intentionally set.

Firefighters arrived at the two-story home in the 5600 block of South 150th Street around 4:45 p.m. to find the residence full of smoke and flames coming from the windows, fire authorities said.

Authorities at the fire detained a man, who they say is a “person of interest” in starting the blaze.

At area hospitals, medics evaluated one man with non-life-threatening injuries and two Tukwila police officers for inhaling smoke, fire authorities said. The officers had gone into the home to help the man escape the blaze.

In a late Friday night press release, fire authorities said the home sustained extensive damage and could be a total loss. They estimated the total cost of damage from the fire to more than $200,000.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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