Fire guts house on Simpson Avenue in Aberdeen

Two firefighters sustained injuries, and a cat died in a house fire Wednesday night on the 500 block of Simpson Avenue in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen sent 18 firefighters and Hoquiam responded with two more to the location. One of the firefighters sustained what Assistant Fire Chief Rich Malizia described as light heat damage to exposed skin. The other firefighter injured his neck.

The fire, which caused an estimated $150,000, was discovered by a contractor who saw smoke coming out from around the electrical meter.

“The home was built in 1924 and for its age was in very good shape,” Malizia said. “The fire wasn’t related to the work being done on the house.”

The occupant wasn’t at the residence when the fire was discovered. There were several smoke detectors in the home, Malizia said.

The fire damaged about 65 percent of the structure and water damage occurred throughout.

“They’ll have to gut it to rebuild it,” Malizia said.

The cause remains under investigation.