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A vintage-car collection and a 3,000-square-foot home in the Education Hill neighborhood were heavily damaged in a fire late Monday.

A couple and their son living in the home escaped. No one was injured.

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Six cars and a camping trailer were destroyed, and another car and a boat were damaged.

The car collection included a 1972 Corvette Roadster, a 1964 Ford Thunderbird and a 1967 Mercury Cougar, Redmond fire Lt. Thomas Langton said.

The fire started just after 8 p.m. in the 16800 block of Northeast 88th Street. The fire probably was caused by improperly discarded ashes from a wood stove, Langton said.

The fire caused about $290,000 damage to the house, and investigators were still estimating the damage to the cars and other vehicles.

Mercer Island

Seattle man charged in car theft, escape

A 22-year-old Seattle man was charged yesterday with escaping from a Mercer Island police officer last week and then stealing the officer’s police car.

Reinhard Wysgoll was shot twice by another Mercer Island police officer after he and another man stole the patrol car and drove it across the Mercer Island Floating Bridge on Feb. 1, according to charging papers filed in King County Superior Court. He was released from the hospital last week and arrested.

Wysgoll was charged yesterday with second-degree car theft and third-degree escape. He remained in the King County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

Prosecutors said the other car-theft suspect, a 33-year-old Seattle man, was expected to be charged in the next several days. He remained in King County Jail on a separate charge of failing to report to a probation officer.