Fire Displaces Family of Three Near Rainier

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A Sunday afternoon blaze tore through a two-story house in the 17100 block of Brasher Lane, SE near Rainier, leaving a family of three without a home. No injuries or deaths were reported. 

Southeast Thurston Fire Authority was dispatched to the structure fire at about 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. First responders arrived at a fully-engulfed house fire. 

Responders took up formation around the fire and fought the blaze through the early evening. Three fire departments responded to the fire, according to a report by The Olympian. 

The structure was deemed a total loss and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

On Monday afternoon, at about 3:50 p.m., firefighters were called back to the location by neighbors who said they saw flames coming from the main living room area. 

Firefighters with the Southeast Thurston Fire Authority were there shortly after. Firefighter Wendy Carpenter, who was at the scene, said the fire was smoldering when they arrived but there were no flames. 

Carpenter said it’s common to see prolonged smoldering for days after large residential fires. 

Glenda’s Espresso in Rainier is currently taking cash and gift card donations for the family who suffered the loss. 

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