At 12:16 p.m., the first 911 call came in from the house located in the 700 block of 16th Avenue East. The caller reported smoke coming from the attic and about a half dozen people and one dog had safely evacuated from the burning home.
When the first engine company arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the attic space and 3 feet of flames coming from the rooftop area. The fire was confined to the attic area and there wasn’t smoke or fire in the three residential floors.
The fire was burning in the open attic space of the home. Due to the large size of the structure and the heat, a 2-alarm was called to bring in additional resources to the fire scene. It took firefighter 90 minutes to control the fire and 2-hours to extinguish all of the flames. At the height of the fire there were more than 30 fire apparatus and more than 100 fire personnel on the fire scene.
Medics transported one firefighter to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries after ceiling fell on him while fighting the fire.
The fire displaced 12 adults, 1 child and 1 dog. The American Red Cross is assisting the families with temporary housing.
The fire investigators determined workers grinding metal sparked the fire. The damage estimate is one million dollars to the structure and $250,000 to the contents.