Man burned in W. Seattle house fire


by By LINDA BYRON / KING 5 news

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 25 at 2:22 PM

Video: Man in critical condition after W. Seattle house fire

SEATTLE - A man was was critically injured in a house fire in a West Seattle home Monday afternoon.

Police got the first 911 call, a report of shots fired at the two story house on Southwest 108th street in Arbor Heights.

"Popping loud noises popping, popping, smoke, heard screaming," said neighbor Lisa Barnecut.

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It turns out the popping sound most likely came from two cars that were burning in the driveway.

Some neighbors began to evacuate their homes, as the smoke plume grew.

"It just erupted. That house went from smoke to fully involved," said neighbor Dale Krehbiel.

Neighbors watched horrified as a 37-year-old man who lives at the house ran into the street with severe burns on his back.

The fire department says the victim was in shock-he was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

No other homes caught fire, but the fire department says when they first arrived they were warned not to rush into the house immediately.

"Police had reported this could possibly be a meth lab inside. That's why we're fighting the fire from outside the house. Anyone who goes near the house is wearing respiratory equipment," said Dana Vander Houven of Seattle Fire Dept.

SPD's bomb and arson squad have been investigating the fire, but they said they have found no evidence of a meth lab and they are investigating this case as a fire. That caution to the fire department was given because of some past contact with the man who was injured in the fire. He has a number of convictions, including some felony drug convictions.