2 injured, home destroyed in West Seattle house fire

SEATTLE -- Two people were injured and a home was destroyed Tuesday evening when a fire tore through a West Seattle house.

Seattle fire crews responded to a call about a burning home in the 10000 block of 39th Avenue SW at 7:37 p.m. When they arrived, the firefighters found the house engulfed in flames.

A woman and her husband, both in their 70s, escaped the fire but were injured. Both were treated at Harborview Medical Center for smoke inhalation and the man was treated for burns, according to Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department.

Both are now in stable condition.

Moore said the woman was able to get out of the house on her own, but her husband didn't realize she had escaped and stayed inside looking for her. Moore said a brave neighbor walked to the house to find the homeowner.

"A neighbor actually went up to the front door, opened the front door, yelled out for the man and was able to find him and pull him out of the house through the front door," he said.

Firefighters were eventually able to extinguish the blaze, but not before it completely destroyed the home and several cars in an adjacent carport.

Malik Weary was walking in the neighborhood when he saw the fire.

"It was bad. You could feel the heat from where I was standing," Weary said. "It was a blazing inferno."

Investigators believe the fire started in the basement or back porch, but they're not yet sure what sparked it. Fire investigators will examine the house on Wednesday.