UPDATE AT 4:52 P.M.: Seattle fire says the cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials. Fire is being labeled an accident. Damge estimated at $150,000.
ORIGINAL POST: Seattle Fire Department medics were able to revive an elderly woman who was critically injured in a house fire in North Seattle this afternoon, said department spokesman Kyle Moore.
The woman, who was unconscious when she was rescued by firefighters from the bathtub of a first-floor bathroom, suffered second-degree burns to her face and hands, he said. Medics performed ongoing CPR and by the time they arrived at Harborview Medical Center, the woman had a heart beat and pulse, Moore said.
Her husband — who made it out of the house on his own, but then ran back inside the burning structure after firefighters arrived on the scene — was also taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, he said. Both are in their 80s.
A neighbor called 911 at 12:07 p.m. and reported seeing flames coming from the front porch of the home in the 11700 block of 22nd Avenue Northeast, Moore said. Firefighters saw a “huge column of black smoke” and flames shooting from the porch and front room as they arrived at 12:13 p.m.
The husband, his face covered in soot, reported that his wife was still inside and a rescue crew went to find her, said Moore. The husband then “went around the back of the house and back in through the basement,” prompting a second crew to go inside to rescue him, he said.
Firefighters had the blaze knocked down within five minutes. The home sustained significant smoke damage, according to Moore.
A fire investigator was working to identify the cause of the fire and determine a damage estimate.
Two teenage boys at the scene told fire officials they attempted to rescue the elderly couple, but investigators — noting the boys didn’t have soot on their clothes or bodies and didn’t smell of smoke — didn’t believe their story, Moore said.