Roaring fire destroys Tumwater house

Roaring fire destroys Tumwater house

Roaring fire destroys Tumwater house

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

TUMWATER, Wash. -- Fire tore through a Tumwater house Monday morning, destroying it.

The home near 1000 North 7th Avenue Southwest caught fire sometime after 10:00 a.m.

Firefighters said they don't believe anyone was home at the time the fire started.

Neighbors were the first ones alerted when saw smoke pour out of the house, quickly followed by huge flames.

"Just total black smoke, you couldn't see anything," said neighbor Dave Grundberg, who lives nearby. "Smoke was pouring over the freeway." Grundberg said he saw flames nearly as high as 100-foot tall trees.

Neighbors stood on the street and watched as firefighters went to work. Orange flames filled the house and yard. Firefighters worked quickly to ensure flames didn't reach nearby houses.

Kim Richtmyre lives down the street and began pounding on her neighbors doors' when the fire started, hoping to keep them from danger.

"I was just frantic running to people to get them out their houses, just in case," she said.

Richtmyre said she saw the bedroom of the home burn before the rest of the house was consumed by fire. Firefighters have not said anything about a possible cause yet.

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