2 injured, 2 homes damaged as brush fires raged in South Sound
SEATAC, Wash. -- Two mobile homes were burned and other homes were threatened as two large brush fires burned in the South Sound Sunday, keeping firefighters across the region quite busy.
The first fire began near Covington just after 4 p.m. when a witness spotted a fire in the 25000 block of 188th Ave. SE. Firefighters arrived to find a blaze moving toward a home and spreading into thick brush. One fire truck was placed to protect the home while two others were called to fight the fire.
"I saw a plume of smoke and thought boy that looks close to my house and I got close and closer and sure enough," said David Bailie.
Bailie watched firefighters come and go from his front yard as they worked to knock down the brush fire that threatened his own home.
"It probably got within 100 yards of the house," he said.
The fire kept spreading toward Highway 18, and troopers had to close two lanes of the highway for about 90 minutes due to smoke and poor visibility.
Eventually, a helicopter with a water bucket was brought in to help fight the fire from above, and firefighters from four agencies were battling the blaze on the ground.
"It was a very slow moving fire and just getting to the fire was difficult," said Keith Kepler with Puget Sound Fire. "And that's why is actually made progress."
About 10-12 acres ended up burned and crews were still battling the blaze Monday morning. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire is not known.
Then, just after 6 p.m. a second brush fire broke out in SeaTac and quickly grew to three alarms. The fire eventually spread to two mobile homes in the 20400 block of International Boulevard. Over a dozen fire trucks from multiple South King County agencies were called to fight the fire.
Two people were taken to a local hospital from the fires, but while officials didn't give exact conditions, said both were expected to survive.
Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes. The Red Cross was helping those whose homes were damaged.
"This fire put a strain on regional resources, because a multi-alarm brush fire was also being fought in the Covington area, near Highway 18," Puget Sound Fire officials said. "Puget Sound Fire is grateful to our neighboring departments for their support and assistance today, and every day."
The cause of the SeaTac fire also remains under investigation.