Woman killed, 1 injured in destructive blaze at SeaTac-area home

An elderly woman was killed in a fire at a SeaTac-area residence Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (Photo: Puget Sound Fire)

SEATAC, Wash. - An elderly woman was killed in a fire at a SeaTac-area residence Tuesday, officials said.

A second woman suffered burns and smoke inhalation. But her injuries were not considered life-threatening, the Puget Sound Fire Authority said.

Crews responded to the blaze, in the 18000 block of 36th Place South at the Bow Lake mobile home park, at about 1:15 p.m. after receiving reports from a woman inside the home that it was on fire. She said she was able to get out but the second woman was unable to escape. The women are mother and daughter, a neighbor said.

Firefighters arrived to find the home fully engulfed in flames with a smoke column visible from the Sea-Tac Airport control tower. A woman's body was eventually found inside.

When Valerie MacBean walked up to the smoldering trailer, she let out a howl and covered her face.

"As soon as I came around the corner and seen the fire trucks I just knew. For some reason, I just knew," said MacBean, who lives in the mobile home park.

Just two weeks ago, she helped an elderly woman get inside the home. The two talked for a bit before the older woman left for a doctor's appointment.

"She was really sweet. I wish I would have gone by and visited her more."

Investigators are still looking into what started the fire.

An early report said an oxygen tank may have exploded inside the home. That is under investigation, said Capt. Kyle Ohashi of the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority

“We don’t know whether that was a contributing factor or not.”

The victim's name has not been released.

One neighbor told KOMO News that the two women were mother and daughter. The older woman had lived there for nearly 30 years.

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