A man and one of his dogs escaped an early morning fire on Wednesday, but two other pets perished, Seattle Fire said.
A man and one of his dogs survived an early Wednesday blaze, but two other pets died, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
Fire department spokesman Kyle Moore said the fire at a home in the 4000 block of 23rd Avenue Southwest was reported at 5:46 a.m. by a caller who said smoke was pouring from the back of the home.
When fire crews arrived, the sole occupant of the two-story home had already evacuated with one of his two dogs, Moore said.
It took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock down the flames and another 20 minutes to extinguish the fire completely, Moore said. The man’s other dog and a cat died in the fire.
Investigators determined the basement fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials under the porch of the house, Moore said.
Damages are estimated to be about $70,000.