Olympia Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 1300 block of Cherry St. SE at about 1:27 am this morning. The first engine arrived 5 minutes later and found a small, 2 story house with a smoke on the second floor in a bathroom and sleeping area. The residents awoke to the smoke and were already outside when the fire department arrived.
The fire appeared to have come from a reptile heating lamp that may have been part of a tarantula terrarium. A burned spot was found on the floor and the fire extended into the floor. The fire was declared under control at 1:45 am.
Olympia Fire Department responded with four engines, one ladder truck, two medic units, an aid unit and a command unit. There were no injuries. Only one of the two tarantulas survived. Damage to structure and contents is estimated at $10,000
The residence had been equipped with a smoke alarm but it had been removed when the battery failed. The lack of a working smoke alarm could have had catastrophic results in this fire had the residents not awakened before becoming overcome by the smoke. Please check and replace smoke alarm batteries as needed. Just a reminder Daylight Savings Time starts March 11 and that is a good time to replace your smoke alarm batteries.
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