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Fatal Crown Hill Fire Still Under Investigation

Courtesy Fire Buff John Odegard

Courtesy Fire Buff John Odegard

December 12 –Seattle Fire Investigators are calling a fatal fire in Crown Hill undetermined. Investigators are waiting for the results of the medical examiners autopsy before determining the final cause of the fire.

On Tuesday December 11, 2012 at 7:34 p.m. dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received multiple 911 calls regarding a fire at a complex at 12th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street. Engine Company 35 arrived to find flames shooting 10 feet from the second-story balcony of a four-story condominium building.

Firefighters pulled a hose line to the second-floor unit and had to forcibly make entry into the locked unit. Engine Company 35 commenced an aggressive interior attack and knocked down the flames in less than 5 minutes.

Inside the unit, firefighters found a deceased adult male on a hide-a-bed in the front room of the unit. No other people were inside the unit at the time of the fire.

The buildings fire alarm did activate and each individual unit was equipped with smoke detectors. It is not known if the fire unit’s smoke detector was working.

Crews evacuated the residents of all 33 units. Residents were allowed back in after the air monitors determined the Carbon Monoxide levels were no longer a hazard.

The Fire Investigator estimates the damage at $125,000 to the structure and $25,000 to the contents.
No other residents were injured and no firefighters were injured during the response.

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