A woman jumped 10 feet out of an upstairs window yesterday to escape a fire in a Mercer Island home. She was treated at Overlake Hospital...

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Woman jumps out window to escape fire

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A woman jumped 10 feet out of an upstairs window yesterday to escape a fire in a Mercer Island home.

She was treated at Overlake Hospital Medical Center for minor smoke inhalation.

The woman was staying with relatives at the house in the 3700 block of 78th Avenue Southeast. She was asleep in a bedroom when the fire started about 12:50 p.m., and she jumped out the window to escape flames blocking the stairway, said Mercer Island firefighter Trever Kissel. The flames were limited to the first floor of the home, but the rest of the home was damaged by smoke, Kissel said. Damage was estimated at $150,000.

One cat inside died, another was rescued, and the whereabouts of two dogs were still unknown.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire.


King County

Redmond teenager is Youth of the Year

Brian Byersdorf of Redmond was named the Boys & Girls Club of King County Youth of the Year yesterday. The 17-year-old Eastlake High School junior, a member of the Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club, was selected for his volunteer work in the club and community, his scholastic achievement, his goals and for the positive changes he’s made in his own life.

Byersdorf was one of 12 candidates who gave a speech before a panel of judges at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Other Eastside nominees were J. Adam Brinson, from the Kirkland club, and Danny Cheetham, from Mercer Island.

Byersdorf will receive a $2,500 scholarship, and he advances to the Washington State Youth of the Year contest.


Issaquah

School-district news available via e-mail

The Issaquah School District has set up an e-mail service that will allow people to keep better track of events and issues in the school community.

The service, called E-News, will also include messages from Superintendent Janet Barry, beginning in early March.

To sign up, go to www.issaquah.wednet.edu/list

Seattle Times Eastside bureau