SEATTLE – On Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 6:50 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 4700 Blk. of Phinney Ave. N. for a fire in a three story multi-family structure.
Upon arriving, crews took fire hoses to the top floor of the structure, and removed portions of the ceiling to gain access to the fire. A ladder truck ventilated the roof to allow heat and fire gases to escape. The fire had started on the exterior of the structure and spread up the siding and into the attic area.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and contained the fire to it’s origin and the extension to the attic. Seattle City Light shut off the electricity due to the level of damage to the structure. The decision was made to not reoccupy the building due to the level of fire damage and lack of electrical power.
The American Red Cross provided assistance for seven residents (five adults, two small children). There were no reported injuries and all residents and animals were accounted for.
Fire Investigation Unit members determined the cause was spontaneous combustion from organic material in a flower pot against the building. The estimated loss is $60,000.