Residential Structure Fire

City of Olympia
Date of Release: September 21, 2018

Mike Buchanan
Assistant Chief

Residential Structure Fire

Olympia Firefighters responded to a residential structure fire in the 1000 block of Cardigan Loop NW at 12:31 pm, Friday afternoon, September 21st, 2018.  The first engine arrived five minutes later to find a two story house with smoke showing from the garage, eaves and entry door. The house was occupied at the time of the fire and the residents were able to evacuate prior to the arrival of the fire department. Two patients were later examined at the scene for minor smoke inhalation, both did not require transportation to a medical facility.

The fire was caused by a plumbing contractor who was using an open flame to solder a copper pipe and fitting on the first floor. The fire extended from the interior of the wall void to the second floor and attic space. The heaviest fire and water damage was confined to the first floor of the residence. To address the fire extension, crews opened up portions of walls and ceiling on the second floor.

Fire crews did not find working smoke detectors in the house. The buildings electrical has been disabled until it is determined that the remainder of the electrical system is safe. Initial property damage estimated to be approximately $80,000.

Olympia Fire Department responded with four engines, one ladder truck, two medic units, one aid unit and a command unit.