Man dies in house fire Sunday in Federal Way

A 61-year-old man died early Sunday morning after a fire started at his home in Federal Way.

Just after 6 a.m. Sunday, June 12, firefighters responded to the intersection of 20th Avenue South and South 288th Street in Federal Way after a newspaper delivery person called 911 to report smoke coming from the home.

When South King Fire and Rescue crews arrived, they found a two-story, split-level home with smoke coming from the eves, but no flames showing. A small fire in the kitchen area was located and quickly extinguished, according to Kendra Kay, the fire district's public information officer.

As firefighters were searching the home, they found the unconscious male in a back bedroom. Crews quickly removed the man from the home and started CPR; he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters said the home did not have any working smoke alarms. Neighbors also indicated that the victim lived alone in the home. The man's name was not immediately released.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to notify next of kin and determine how the victim died, according to Kay. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but did start in the kitchen, according to the fire district. Smoke and fire damages to the home are valued at approximately $100,000.

According to a press release, South King Fire and Rescue reminded people to make sure the smoke alarms are working in their homes by testing them once a month and changing the batteries once a year. Smoke is often more dangerous than the flames itself and smoke alarms can give people the time they need to escape from fire.

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