November 20—A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a smoldering attic fire caused 70 thousand dollars in damage to a South Seattle Home Sunday Night.
The first 911 call came around 8:22 p.m. from the 3800 block of South Orcas Street in South Seattle. Flames were shooting five feet into the air when Engine Company 28 arrived on scene three minutes after the initial 911 call. Ladder Company 12 and Ladder Company 3 headed to the roof to begin cutting holes to clear out all of the smoke and smoldering gases trapped in the attic of the two-story home. Once they cut a hole in the roof, flames began shooting higher into the air. For the safety of the firefighters, the Incident Commander ordered all of the crews off the roof.
Firefighters were able to knock down the flames within 10 minutes from inside the home.
No one was injured. The occupant of the home was outside when firefighter arrived. That occupant is going to stay with relatives.
The fire was determined to be an accidental fire by a Seattle Fire Investigator. The cause is electrical and the point of origin is the attic of the home. Based on the extensive charring and damage to the attic, the investigator believes the fire has been smoldering for days. The damage estimate is 60 thousand dollars to the structure and 10 thousand dollars to the contents.