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January 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Fire erupts in town houses in Southeast Seattle

Firefighters clean up the scene of a fire at 48th Avenue South and South Graham Street in Seattle Monday afternoon. The homeowner of the middle house was home and cooking in the kitchen when he ran down to the basement to do something. Shortly after that, he heard the smoke detector from the garage and saw flames shooting out of his window. The fire spread to the house on the right, where no one was home, and caused major damage, but there were no injuries. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

A Seattle Fire Department spokesman says an unattended propane stove being used for baking in a shed caused a fire that destroyed one south Seattle townhouse and damaged two others. No one was hurt.

Spokesman Kyle Moore says the fire started Monday afternoon when flames from the propane stove ignited combustibles in the shed and the propane tank caught fire. Flames then spread to the first townhouse and then to two others.

Moore says the second townhouse was badly damaged and the third sustained heat damage to its siding.

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