Heroic teen keeps fire from spreading at North Delridge home

What started as a house-fire call this afternoon – but was quickly downgraded – seemed so small when we went by, we weren’t even going to mention it – until our followup question to Seattle Fire spokesperson Kyle Moore brought news of a heroic teen:

At 1:38 p.m. a 911 call came into a firefighter/dispatcher reporting a dryer fire at a home located in the 5900 block of 26th Avenue SW in West Seattle. When Engine Company 11 arrived they found the exterior-dryer-vent fire was extinguished thanks to the quick work of a teenage occupant of the house. The teen used a fire extinguisher to knock down the flames on the outer wall of the 2-story house before crews arrived.

While the exterior flames had been extinguished, the fire worked its way into the wall. Firefighters were able to cut holes into the wall and knock down all of the flames and hot spots. The damage estimate is several thousand dollars. There were no injuries.

Moore says the vent fire started with lint – which brings an important reminder to check the one at your home; here are safety tips from the National Fire Prevention Association.

6 Replies to "Heroic teen keeps fire from spreading at North Delridge home"

  • Alki Resident October 11, 2013 (4:10 pm)

    That’s one kid on the ball. Way to go. I’m sure it would’ve ended up way worse if it wasn’t for him.

  • candy October 11, 2013 (4:22 pm)

    Good job!

  • Kim October 11, 2013 (4:30 pm)

    Awesome! Great work!

  • onion October 11, 2013 (5:36 pm)

    My wife noted what seem to be a significant increase in the number of crime reports versus other news on the blog over the last few months — and notably (namely yesterday) involving teens. Kudos to one of the overwhelming majority of good kids in West Seattle.

  • evergreen October 12, 2013 (7:29 am)

    How awesome! Way to go, teen!

  • Andrea October 12, 2013 (5:34 pm)

    Parents, take note…this kid deserves a raise in his allowance! Love this!

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