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The Today File

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September 28, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Medical Examiner’s Office IDs 2 men killed in Kent house fire

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has  identified the grandfather and grandson who died early Friday morning in a house fire in Kent as Jan Maurice VanAllen, 69 and Patrick VanAllen, 19.

The fire was reported at about 4 a.m. in the 3900 block of South 238th Street. The first fire crews to arrive found the home fully engulfed in flames.

Two people who were in the front yard said they managed to escaped the flames, but indicated two other people were trapped inside, according to Don Barberie, deputy fire marshal for the Kent Fire Department. Fire crews tried to get inside, but were driven back by the flames and smoke, he said.

After the fire was extinguished the bodies of the two men were located inside, Barberie said.  Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Neighbors reported hearing an explosion before the home erupted in flames.

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