2 Confirmed Dead In Washington House Fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

2 Confirmed Dead In Washington House Fire

Posted: Updated:
   
UPDATE: ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) - Fire officials say an adult and a teen have died while three others escaped from an early morning house fire in the coastal Washington city of Aberdeen.
   
Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard told KOMO News that witnesses used a ladder Friday to help an elderly couple get out of the burning home, and another woman jumped from the roof into the arms of firefighters.
   
Neighbors told The Associated Press they awoke to screams and the smell of smoke.
   
Donna Hensel says her husband and another man used a ladder to help an elderly couple to safety.
   
The identities of the adult and teen who died were not immediately released.
   
Neighbors say the elderly couple was planning to move to Idaho and that family members were in the area to help them pack.
 
UPDATE:  

Neighbors helped three adults escape but two other people were feared dead Friday as fire engulfed a house in the coastal Washington city of Aberdeen.
   
Witnesses used a ladder to help an elderly couple and a woman get out of the burning home, but two other people were unaccounted for, the fire department said.
   
Donna Hensel, who lives next door, said she woke up early smelling smoke and stepped onto her deck to find the house engulfed in flames. She called 911, and in the meantime another neighbor came by asking for a ladder.
   
Her husband, Mark, got a ladder and joined the other neighbor in helping the couple. Hensel said the man climbed up the ladder, broke a window and helped the couple to safety. Her husband also helped the couple down the ladder and across the street, she said.
   
Everyone in the house could have lost their lives if not for the efforts of the residents and police officers who arrived at the home before firefighters, Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard told KXRO (http://bit.ly/1iyygZ0).
   
The couple, who are in their 70s, were getting ready to move out of that house to Idaho, she and another neighbor, Lea Kemplin, said. The couple's family members had come to the area to help them pack and move.
   
"Thank God they're OK, but they lost family members," Hensel said, sobbing in a telephone interview.
   
A neighbor who lives across the street saw the fire when she awoke.
   
"I heard someone screaming," Bev Brown said. "The house was engulfed in flames, shooting out. It was terrible. It was awful."
   
Kemplin, a neighbor who is friends with the couple, said she believes the couple's adult daughter and a grandchild were missing in the blaze.
   
Aberdeen is about 80 miles west of Seattle.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

PREVIOUS STORY:

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) - Two children are feared dead in a house fire in Aberdeen.
    
The fire department says witnesses used a ladder Friday morning to help an elderly couple and a woman escape, but the two children are unaccounted for.
    
Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard tells KXRO everyone in the house could have lost their lives if not for the efforts of the residents and police officers who arrived at the home before firefighters.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:51:52 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.>>
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.>>
  • 10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 2:35 AM EST2013-11-27 07:35:08 GMT
    Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com. Yes, they all need some work and some need a lot more than others, but when your mortgage payment is around the $200/month range there's at least something to stay positive about.>>
  • Dozens of buildings burned in Washington wildfire

    Dozens of buildings burned in Washington wildfire

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:08:11 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The wind-driven fire in north central Washington destroyed as many as 100 buildings - most of them homes - according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers. Rogers gave that update Friday morning in his update on the status of the Carlton Complex Fire burning around the communities of Pateros, Twisp and Brewster.>>
    KHQ.COM - The wind-driven fire in north central Washington destroyed as many as 100 buildings - most of them homes - according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers. Rogers gave that update Friday morning in his update on the status of the Carlton Complex Fire burning around the communities of Pateros, Twisp and Brewster.>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Thank you to all who gave to victims of Carlton Complex Fire!

    Thank you to all who gave to victims of Carlton Complex Fire!

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:26:11 GMT
    KHQ.COM - We were completely overwhelmed at how this community came together yesterday for the Q6 Cares, Inland NW Shares drive yesterday to support the victims of the Carlton Complex Fire who lost their homes. All day Monday from 5am - 6:30pm we were inundated by a constant flow of people wanting to make a difference.>>
    KHQ.COM - We were completely overwhelmed at how this community came together yesterday for the Q6 Cares, Inland NW Shares drive yesterday to support the victims of the Carlton Complex Fire who lost their homes. All day Monday from 5am - 6:30pm we were inundated by a constant flow of people wanting to make a difference.
    >>
  • Prevent house fires with defensible space!

    Prevent house fires with defensible space!

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:14:44 GMT
    KHQ.COM - In these extremely challenging weather conditions, State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy is urging residents to inspect and maintain the defensible space around their homes. Defensible space can dramatically increase your home’s chances of surviving a disastrous wildfire, and can be accomplished through careful planning and vegetation management.>>
    KHQ.COM - In these extremely challenging weather conditions, State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy is urging residents to inspect and maintain the defensible space around their homes. Defensible space can dramatically increase your home’s chances of surviving a disastrous wildfire, and can be accomplished through careful planning and vegetation management.>>
  • Air France, Lufthansa suspend flights to Tel Aviv

    Air France, Lufthansa suspend flights to Tel Aviv

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:08:20 GMT
    BERLIN (AP) - Germany and France's largest airlines Lufthansa and Air France say they're suspending all flights to Tel Aviv over safety concerns amid the increasing violence. Lufthansa said Tuesday evening that it was suspending all Tel Aviv flights for 36 hours, including those operated by subsidiaries Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss.>>
    BERLIN (AP) - Germany and France's largest airlines Lufthansa and Air France say they're suspending all flights to Tel Aviv over safety concerns amid the increasing violence. Lufthansa said Tuesday evening that it was suspending all Tel Aviv flights for 36 hours, including those operated by subsidiaries Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss.
    >>