SEATTLE – On June 6, 2018, just after 4:30 p.m., the Fire Alarm Center received a call about a house fire in the Blue Ridge/North Beach neighborhood. Dispatchers relayed information to the responding crews about a possible person inside the home.
When crews arrived on scene at the 2100 Block of NW 96th St. they saw heavy black smoke and flames coming from the two-story residence. There was fire showing from most of the windows on floor two, which was the main living floor in the home. Engine 35 began a rapid fire attack so they could conduct a targeted search of the home. An approximately 77-year-old female was found in the second floor living room, and her injuries were incompatible with life.
Firefighters protected nearby homes from catching fire and had the fire under control by 5:20 p.m. The incident commander called the fire extinguished at 5:46 p.m.
Fire investigators responded to the scene and ruled the fire as accidental. They determined the fire started in the living room on floor two. Estimated loss is $300,000 to structure, and $100,000 to contents.