At approximately 2:40 p.m., September 27, Seattle Fire responded to a three-story multiple residential building for “flames visible on west side of building.” When Engine 37 arrived, they were met by Seattle Police Officers who had swept through the building and effectively evacuated all residents. Fire crews aggressively applied water onto the exterior fire and extinguished it, however the fire had quickly spread to the attic space requiring a third alarm. In total, approximately 122 firefighters assigned to 22 engines and 7 ladder companies were on scene.
Seattle Housing Authority and the American Red Cross assisted the building’s residents with emergency housing.
The investigation showed the fire started on the exterior of the building. Fire Investigators were unable to determine a specific cause. The damage was estimated at 3.3 million dollars.