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Woman awakens to her bedsheets on fire, officials say

Key Peninsula firefighters extinguish what’s left of a house fire Saturday morning on Herron Island. The home was a total loss, Chief Guy Allen said.
Key Peninsula firefighters extinguish what’s left of a house fire Saturday morning on Herron Island. The home was a total loss, Chief Guy Allen said. Courtesy

A Herron Island woman woke up to flames burning her bedsheets Saturday morning in a fire that burned her home to the ground, according to the Key Peninsula Fire Department.

Crews were dispatched to the home in the 200 block of Fir Lane about 8:30 a.m.

By the time firefighters reached the island by ferry, they arrived to see the 900-square-foot home engulfed in flames, Key Peninsula Chief Guy Allen said.

“It’s a total loss, obviously,” Allen said. “There is nothing left to salvage.”

The woman was in bed when she saw the flames, Allen said, and she tried to put the fire out herself with water. As she did so, she tripped on the floor, which led to a delay in firefighters’ response to the home.

She was able to flee the home and did not require medical attention.

Herron Island has a volunteer fire station, Allen said, but there haven’t been firefighters there for more than a decade.

“There’s a built-in delayed response,” Allen said. “We’re reliant on accessing the island by ferry, and that just adds a travel delay.”

The island did install 43 fire hydrants on the island, which means there’s one within 700 feet of every house there, Allen said.

This is the first structure fire on Herron Island since Nov. 10, 2016.

“Usually, if it’s a fire out here and it’s a building fire, it’s going to be a total loss,” Allen said.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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