Man jumps from window of burning home after attempting to save dogs

Residents injured in fire that destroyed home; family’s two dogs unaccounted for.

A man sustained injuries when he jumped from the second story window of a burning Federal Way home after he attempted to save the family’s dogs on Saturday evening.

The residential fire began just before 6 p.m. on Saturday at 32118 37th Place S. South King Fire and Rescue, along with King County Medic One and Red Cross responded to the scene. The one-alarm fire began in the garage of the five-occupant house, according to Lt. Brad Chaney, deputy fire marshal for South King Fire and Rescue.

When the occupants opened the home’s internal door to the garage, the fire spread to the main body of the house, Chaney said.

The dogs were upstairs at the time of the fire and the man ran upstairs to rescue them, but the fire spread too quickly. In order to save himself, the man escaped by jumping from the window. He was taken to Harborview for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Chaney said.

Two of the four dogs are unaccounted for and their whereabouts are unknown.

One child sustained burns to the hand and the other three occupants had no injuries. The house is a total loss.

“The biggest takeaway was through [the firefighters’] quick actions, they were able to stop the fire from spreading to the other houses,” Chaney said.

This story will be updated when more information is available.