May 29— A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a late night fire at a Lake City home was an accidental fire ignited by a butane burner. The man who rented the basement used an open flame which got out of control. The fire spread to nearby combustible materials in the bathroom of the unit.
The first arriving engine company found flames coming from the basement of the one-story home with basement located in the 3000 block of NE 120 Street. The occupant of the basement and the five members of the family evacuated the home by the time the firefighters arrived. Firefighters knocked down the fire within 10 minutes of arriving on scene.
The basement renter sustained minor burns to the face and minor smoke inhalation. Seattle Fire Medics treated the patient, a man in his mid 30’s, for his injuries and AMR transported him to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.
The Red Cross was called out to assist the family of five who was displaced by the fire.
A fire investigator estimated the home suffered $25,000 in damage and $10,000 in damage to the contents.
SPD is investigating the contents in the basement.