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2 waterfront homes destroyed by fire on Vashon Island

KOMO News/Air 4 photo shows the fire's aftermath.

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. - Two waterfront homes were destroyed by fire Tuesday morning on the west side of Vashon Island, but crews prevented the flames from spreading through the surrounding forest.

Firefighters responded to the scene, in the 19000 block of Sunset Road SW, at around 2:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a large house fire. The Seattle and Tacoma fire departments also launched fireboats to help extinguish the blaze.

One home was fully ablaze when crews arrived, and flames were spreading to a second home and into the surrounding trees and brush.

Only one resident was at home at the time of the fire, and he was able to escape without injury. Fire officials said the stairs to the home burned shortly after the man used them to escape the flames.

Fire officials said battling the blaze was challenging because of the steepness of the terrain and also because there are no fire hydrants in the area.

Aerial footage from KOMO's Air 4 shows a blackened and gutted area where the homes once stood, surrounded by scorched trees and spot fires still burning.

One of the homes that burned was unoccupied at the time, and firefighters said it may have been a summer home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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