Chimney fire damages Federal Way home, displaces couple | Photos

A fire that damaged a waterfront home in Federal Way and displaced a couple may have been sparked by a metal chimney on Friday morning, fire officials believe.

A fire damaged a waterfront home in Federal Way on Friday morning. A couple and their two dogs safely escaped.

A fire that damaged a waterfront home in Federal Way and displaced a couple may have been sparked by a metal chimney on Friday morning, fire officials believe.

The cause of the fire that occurred around 3 a.m. in the 3800 block of Star Lake Road is still under investigation by South King Fire and Rescue (SKFR) investigators and the King County fire marshall.

SKFR Lt. Jeff Bellinghausen said in an email “it appears that the homeowner was enjoying a fire in the wood stove on a cold night when heat from the metal chimney that runs up the side of the house caught the wall behind the stove and the exterior siding of the house on fire.”

He said the homeowner removed the smoke alarms for a remodeling project “and it is fortunate that the residents happened to wake up to smoke inside their house.”

The homeowner, his wife and their two dogs were able to escape the home with no injuries, said Ed Plumlee, SKFR assistant chief. The building is repairable but damage is estimated at $90,000.

Two ladder trucks, three engines, an aid car and 17 firefighters responded to the fire.

“This time of year when it gets cold like this, people are more prone to using their fireplaces and wood stoves,” Plumlee said.

SKFR officials remind the public to have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year, especially if you are using your wood stove or fireplace as a heating source. Also, do not place more fuel in the stove than the log manufacturer recommends or the stove is rated for and be sure you have working smoke detectors, officials said.

For help with purchasing a smoke alarm, contact SKFR at (253) 946-7347.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Sound Transit seeks input for Tacoma Dome Link Extension via online open house

The Tacoma Dome Link Extension will connect to South Federal Way, Fife by 2030.

Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
Steel Lake Park to reopen Oct. 2

Seven-week closure was prompted by a spike of COVID-19 cases in the South King County area.

Federal Way Mirror virtual candidate forum set for Oct. 14

Live forum with candidates in the running for District 30 State Representative seats at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Emergency grant brings relief to Bonney Lake wildfire evacuees

The Mirror’s Hometown Hero for September is Federal Way Lions Club member Jan Barber

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges

A jump in tax collections cuts a projected $9 billion shortfall in half, acccording to new forecast.

Free community mental health day in Federal Way

Free mental health services, COVID-19 testing from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the PAEC

Two puppies stolen from Federal Way home | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Sept. 15-22.

Federal Way shows support for South King firefighters

A drive-thru donation event on Sept. 12 collected about $500 for the South King Firefighters Foundation

Screenshot from
Fred Hutch seeks volunteers of color for COVID-19 study

Research company recently released a Spanish-language version of the website for accessibility, inclusivity.

Most Read