A house fire in Ephrata last night sent two people to the hospital. Grant County Fire District 13 crews were dispatched to the fire on Road B NW around 9:30 last night. The home was fully involved when crews arrived. Officials say the family was sleeping when the mother was awakened by the sound of breaking glass and other noises.
The father got up and opened their bedroom door to the hallway when he was met by extreme heat, smoke and flames. The father suffered burns and smoke inhalation before shutting the door. The mother then screamed at the kids in the other room to get out. The mother was able to get her bedroom window open and get her young son and the father out the window. The older boy had seen smoke coming in from under his bedroom door. The boy had learned from fire prevention presentations at school not to open the door but to get out the window and meet somewhere outside. This likely saved the two older boys from serious injury.
The father was flown to Harbor View with reported 2nd degree burns over 25% of his body. The mother suffered smoke inhalation and was released from the hospital. The home and belongings were a total loss but the family was thankful to get out alive. The cause is under investigation.