Fire investigators met this morning with structural engineers at the scene of Monday’s four alarm fire. The engineers took a preliminary look at the building and determined that it was safe for investigators to enter some parts of the building. Other parts of the building will need further evaluation. Various portions of the warehouse were constructed over the years with different building materials – some sections were made of heavy timber and brick, while others were constructed with concrete and steel.
At this point, investigators are evaluating some portions of the building, conducting witness interviews, taking photos and gathering information. The Seattle Police Department Arson Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are providing additional resources to assist the Seattle Fire Department. Due to the tremendous amount of fire damage and the size of the building, the investigation is expected to take several days if not longer.
The firefighter who was injured in yesterday’s fire is stable and resting at Harborview Medical Center. The 37 year veteran of the Department suffered an ankle fracture when he was hit by siding that fell from the side of the building.