A man is in the hospital with severe burns after racing out of his burning Shoreline home on Thursday afternoon.
Neighbors alerted the Shoreline Fire Department around 4pm. When crews arrived minutes later, the house was completely engulfed in flames.
A couple who lives in the home escaped, but the man suffered serious burns. Witnesses helped cover him with blankets until an ambulance took him to the Harborview Burn Center.
"I looked out there and thought, 'My God! There's nothing but flames," remembered Vernon Rollins. "The house, my God! It was going up to the sky!"
Rollins, 86, and his wife live right next door to the charred house on Stone Avenue. A woman banged on his door, alerting them to evacuate immediately.
"She was screaming! 'Get out of this house! The house is burning down next door! Get out of this house!'" Rollins said.
The heat melted Rollins' roof gutters.
It took fire fighters about 15 minutes to control the blaze, but not before it destroyed the entire home.
Neighbors report hearing a loud explosion.
"The tires on the cars in the driveway did blow out," explained Shoreline Fire Department Spokesperson Melanie Granfors.
Thursday night, firefighters told KING5 that investigators had determined the fire's cause but could not disclose it until they released their official report.