At 11:05 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, more than 30 Seattle firefighters responded to a report of fire at 4200 University Way Northeast. When the first unit arrived on the scene they found heavy flames inside a copy shop located on the first floor of a three story apartment building. Firefighters quickly attacked the fire, and through their efforts, the flames were knocked down in approximately ten minutes.
Crews evacuated residents from apartments above the copy shop and got everyone out of the building with no injuries. Quick work by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading beyond the copy shop.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by an overheated electrical cord. Damage was estimated at $600,000, including $200,000 in damages to the structure and $400,000 to the contents of the copy shop.