Lakewood, WA- At 2:38 p.m. on April 2, Lakewood responded to a report of a possible gas in a residence at 15217 Washington Avenue SW in Tillicum. Emergency response units responded to the residence for a smell of gas in the home. Shortly after the call was received, there was an explosion and the incident was upgraded to a possible residential fire.
Medic 20 was first on scene and found the home fully involved with flames visible from all sides. The fire was attacked defensively.
There were no injuries during this incident. The occupants were displaced and Red Cross is providing assistance.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Damages are estimated at approximately $117,000 to the structure and contents.
Read Ian Demsky’s story from The News Tribune.
From David Anderson (Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association President): Per a request of LPD’s Dave Guttu, the mother and her five-month-old baby boy (victims of the above noted fire) are in need of absolutely everything.
Housing, a crib, baby clothes, diapers, toys…
What they were wearing when they ran from the house is all they have left.
If you would like to help as once again the larger community comes together, you can contact me at this email or (253) 988-2536.
You may also reach the mother, Christine Manues, if you like at 253-222-3662. The baby’s grandmother, Victoria, can be reached at 253-389-2074.