April 16—Seattle Fire Investigators ruled a fatal Capitol Hill house fire was accidental caused by improperly discarded smoking materials in a chair. The fire caused $150,000 damage to the residence and $50,000 damage to the contents of the 2-story home.
Multiple callers reported the fire to the Fire Alarm Center at 8:51 a.m. reporting smoke coming from a home located in the 400 block of 16th Avenue East. The first arriving engine company found heavy smoke and flames coming from the North side of the house exposing to a neighbor’s home. A 76-year-old male occupant of the home was outside and stated his mother, in her 90’s, was trapped inside the burning home. Firefighters began a search and rescue operation and found the female occupant deceased inside the first floor living quarters.
Medics evaluated the 76-year-old male for smoke inhalation and minor burns to his arms and face and transported him to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.
It took firefighters 20 minutes to get the fire under control and it took about 30 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.
Firefighters were able to protect the home to the north of the original house.
Red Cross was called to the scene to assist 2 occupants, the victim’s son and a caregiver, with temporary housing.
A family pet was found safe at a neighbor’s home.