SEATTLE – On Friday, September 29, at 1 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 5600 Block of California Avenue SW for a fire in a three-story apartment building.
The first arriving engine company saw heavy black smoke and flames on the south exterior of the wood-framed structure, and quickly upgraded the response to a 2-alarm, bringing in additional units. Firefighters used foam and water to extinguish the fire, and had the fire under control by 1:43 a.m. At the height of the fire, there were a total of 31 fire apparatus, to include 10 engine companies and five ladder trucks.
There were no injuries reported to residents or firefighters. The building alarm sounded and residents self-evacuated. Displaced residents were temporarily housed at a church nearby, and the American Red Cross was called to the scene. Five out of the 29 units sustained heavy fire damage. The fire started on the exterior of the building on the first floor, spreading to the second and third floors and the attic space.
The cause of the fire was ruled undetermined by investigators. Total estimated loss is $500,000 to structure and $2,000 to landscaping. Crews remained on fire watch throughout the night.
Photo by John Odegard