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Electricity to Blame for Seward Park House Fire

December 26—An early morning house fire on Seward Park Avenue South was caused by an overheated electrical wiring according to Seattle Fire Investigators. The fire caused 60 thousand dollars damage to the home and 10 thousand dollars damage to the contents.

At 7:20 a.m. a neighbor called 911 to report flames coming from a home located in the 5800 block of Seward Park Avenue South. Engine Company 28 arrived to find flames shooting from the roof of the one-story home with a basement.

Within half-an-hour, firefighters had completely extinguished the flames. No one was found inside the locked house. The fire started in the basement and burned a big hole in the first floor of the home while extending to the roof.

City Light workers investigated suspicious looking wiring at the house.

Seattle Police Officers investigated items found in the basement of the home.

http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2012/12/26/marijuana-grow-operation-discovered-inside-abandon-house/

Fire investigators determined the overheated electrical wiring ignited nearby combustible materials which spread to the home.

No one was injured.

Last year, the Seattle Fire Department teamed with Seattle City Light on a Public Service Campaign to talk about the dangers of electricity theft.

http://powerlines.seattle.gov/2012/04/09/electricity-theft-costs-us-all-not-worth-the-risk/