JUNE 18 UPDATE —Seattle Fire Department has inspected the standpipe at the building under construction that caught fire in South Lake Union on Friday night.
Firefighters discovered a 6th floor valve was left open on the standpipe which prevented the firefighters from charging or filling the standpipe with water. The issue has been resolved and the standpipe is operational.
June 15— A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a fire at a building under construction was an electrical fire between a power cable and the man lift. The man lift is a temporary elevator.
At 7:15 p.m. multiple 911 call came in reporting heavy black smoke coming from the 3rd floor of an 7-story building under construction at the corner of 8th Avenue North and Republican Street. Firefighters ran a ladder up to the third floor of the building and carried hose lines up three stories to reach the flames.
Once inside the building, firefighters contained the fire to an area in the center of the building near an electrical panel.
The fire investigator estimates the damage at 30 thousand dollars to the building and 20 thousand dollars to the contents.
No one was inside the building when the fire broke out and no one was injured.