Food left unattended on the stove appears to have caused a fire that nearly destroyed a Kent home Wednesday night.
Four adults, a baby and three dogs got out of burning home without injury, Kent officials reported. They were being helped by family members and volunteers with the American Red Cross.
Firefighters were called to the home in the 12500 block of Southeast 217th Street about 7:50 p.m. Smoke was billowing from the eaves and flames could be seen on the back side of the house, Kent officials reported.
Firefighters went into the two-story house and knocked down the flames. They determined the fire had started in the kitchen and moved into the attic area.
The blaze caused significant smoke and fire damage to the upper floor and smoke and water damage to the lower floor.
Fire investigators estimated the fire caused $140,000 damage, officials report.