On Wednesday, August 12 just after 1 a.m. firefighters responded to a house fire at the intersection of NW 85 Street and 6 Avenue NW in Ballard. Flames were visible from the side of a vacant house when the first engine arrived on scene. Firefighters searched the house and confirmed that there was no one inside. There were no injuries as a result of this fire. Most of the fire damage was on the outside of the structure, though some fire spread to the interior and attic space.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials that ignited dry grass and debris near the house. Damage was estimated at $70,000. This vacant home was also the site of a set fire on November 14, 2008.