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April 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

SFD: 2 residents hospitalized after fire destroys home

Neighbors displaced by the fire, or coming out of their homes to see what had happened, begin returning home Tuesday night.  Some 48 firefighters responded to a house fire in the 10000 block of 39th Avenue Southwest Tuesday night.  Two occupants of the house were injured by the blaze. Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times

Neighbors displaced by the fire, or coming out of their homes to see what had happened, begin returning home Tuesday night. Some 48 firefighters responded to a house fire in the 10000 block of 39th Avenue Southwest Tuesday night. Two occupants of the house were injured by the blaze. Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times

Two people were injured in a fire that seriously damaged a West Seattle house this evening, the Seattle Fire Department said.

A man sustained burns on his head and a woman suffered smoke inhalation when the fire started in their house in the 1000 block of 35th Avenue Southwest, spokesman Kyle Moore said. The two residents were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

The house is a total loss, Moore said.

Officials responded to the fire shortly before 8 p.m. and found the two residents already outside.

The fire caused a tall column of black smoke, said Malik Weary, who was driving by the neighborhood and stopped when he saw the fire.

“It would have been a terrible situation if no one had arrived soon,” Weary said. “When I saw the flames I knew it was all gone from the inside.”

Both neighboring houses were evacuated as a precaution because the flames were spreading, Moore said, but neither was damaged.

The fire was controlled about an hour after 48 firefighters responded.

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