October 8, 2012—Seattle Fire Investigators continue to search for the cause of a three-alarm fire that destroyed an under construction home and damaged 5 other homes.
At 3:37 p.m. a 911 call came in the Fire Alarm Center reporting an explosion and fire in the attic of a house on the 5100 block of NE Laurelcrest Lane. The first arriving firefighters found a construction painter with 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his face and hands. Medics transported the male patient to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.
The under construction house was fully involved with flames exposing to the homes to the north and to the south. Flames were shooting from the roof and all three floors of the house under construction. The incident commander called for a second alarm to bring in extra resources to battle the house fires.
Embers from the house fire floated up the hill setting off spot fires and landing on three home’s roofs. A third alarm was called to bring in more resources to battle the roof and spot fires in the brush. Firefighter quickly extinguished the spots fires and roof fires resulting in minor damages.
During the course of the fire, one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.
Firefighters will spend the night continuing to keep a fire watch and monitor the hot spots.