Seattle Firefighters will keep a fire watch over night at the scene of a four alarm fire that came in just after 1:45 this afternoon at the old Sunny Jim Plant at 4200 Airport Way South. Black smoke was pouring from the second floor of the vacant warehouse when firefighters arrived on scene. Several businesses immediately north of the warehouse were evacuated and lanes of I-5 were shut down for a short time because of heavy smoke. Over 120 firefighters responded to the fire including a task force of firefighters from Bellevue, Woodinville and Redmond.
One firefighter was injured after a piece of exterior siding collapsed on him. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center with an ankle fracture where he is in stable condition. There were no other injuries.
Fire investigators are expected to begin their investigation in the morning after the remaining hot spots in the warehouse have been extinguished. A structural engineer will be brought in to determine the safety of the building before anyone is allowed inside.