SEATTLE – On August 4, 2017, at 3:18 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 1700 Blk. of E. Denny Way for a fire in an apartment building. When crews arrived, they saw smoke and flames coming from an apartment unit on the third floor and roof. The fire response was quickly upgraded to a two-alarm fire due to the type of complex, weather conditions, and potential for the fire to spread.
Firefighters evacuated the building and conducted a search of the impacted areas. An approximately 62-year-old female was found by firefighters in the third floor unit where the fire had started. The patient was transported by Seattle Fire Medics to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.
Crews extinguished the fire by 4:05 p.m. Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy responded to the scene to shut-off electricity and gas to the building. The American Red Cross was requested for approximately 32 displaced building residents, all adults.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire investigators determined the fire started in the bedroom of a third floor unit. The estimated loss is $200,000 to the structure, and $100,000 to contents.