Passerby alerts family in time to escape Wenatchee house fire

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Photo by Crystal Huggins

A passerby was able to alert a family of three in time to escape a fire at their home early Tuesday morning in Wenatchee.

Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett said about 12:30 a.m. a passerby noticed the fire in the attic of the home in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

“She pounded on the door and alerted the occupants of the fire and they were able to evacuate and everybody was accounted for and safe.”

That includes the family’s two dogs.

Firefighters cut a hole in the roof and were able to extinguish the fire in about 45 minutes, Brett said.

The family has found temporary housing and is being assisted by the Red Cross.

The older home has had several additions over the years and seven layers of roofing, Brett said.

“(It was) very laborious for our crews and they did great work,” Brett said.

Fire crews stayed on site through the night to watch for any rekindling of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Brett said, adding that the home has old knob and tube wiring and electrical issues will be one thing that’s looked at.

The home did have smoke detectors, Brett said, but they didn’t go off because the fire was above them in the attic.