A mother and her three children safely escaped a fire that gutted their Spanaway house on Thursday, according to Central Pierce Fire & Rescue.
Firefighters were called about 7 a.m. to the 1800 block of 165th Street Court East and found the two-story home engulfed in flames.
A smoke alarm alerted a woman sleeping inside the house to the fire. She rounded up three children aged 1, 8 and 10.
“She was able to get up and get them out in time,” Central Pierce spokesman Guy Overby said.
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Two dogs died in the fire and three cats were missing after the fire.
A cause has not been determined.