Twin Lakes fire leaves family homeless

A vehicle fire appears to have spread to a garage and caused a house fire that left a Twin Lakes family homeless last Friday night.

The Federal Way Fire Department was called to the two-story, wood-frame house in the 32800 block of 40th Court Southwest about 5:30 p.m. Friday after the 18-year-old daughter of the homeowners called to say she saw smoke.

The teenager had come home, parked her car in the garage and gone across the street to babysit, according to Fire Department spokeswoman Debbie Goetz. About 20 minutes later, the girl looked across the street and noticed smoke.

Investigators said the fire apparently came from the vehicle the girl parked in the garage. It then spread to the living portion of the home, Goetz said.

By the time firefighters arrived, fire had consumed the garage and was moving toward the rest of the house. Firefighters saw flames and black smoke when they arrived, Goetz reported.

The fire caused between $150,000 and $200,000 worth of damage to the house itself and the contents. The owners have insurance, authorities said.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured. The family stayed with friends Friday night.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and

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