UPDATED at 12:30 p.m.
A 70-year-old man and family cat were killed this morning in a house fire in the Summit area of Pierce County.
Firefighters found the man’s body just inside the front door of his home in the 5900 block of 48th Avenue East, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Stephanie Glass said. They were initially concerned the man’s wife also might be inside the burning two-story home but discovered she’d left for work.
A neighbor spotted the fire around 7:30 a.m., Glass said. By the time firefighters arrived, the blue house was engulfed in flames.
“The house was filled with lots of combustibles so that added to the intensity of the fire,” Glass said.
Firefighters started a defensive attack on the blaze. Once they got the fire knocked down enough to go inside, they found the man dead, Glass said.
Firefighters searched the rest of the home but found no one inside.
Investigators were looking into the possibility that an electrical issue inside the home sparked the fire, Glass said. The blaze has been ruled accidental.
Tim Wasson lives right next door to the house that burned Thursday. He said the man who died had retired from Boeing.