Engine 5 arrived first on scene and found heavy dark smoke billowing from the rear of the structure. Fire attack was initiated into the basement and the 1st floor.
During the initial attack the fire conditions worsened causing firefighters to tactically withdraw from the structure. A 2-11 was called to ensure that enough staffing and equipment were in place to mitigate the evolving situation. Fire streams were then applied from outside until conditions improved enough to allow the interior attack to resume. The fire was quickly brought under control upon re-entry. Crews had most of the fire under control within 50 minutes. The overhaul included opening walls and exterior siding between the basement and first floor to put out hot spots. Seattle City Light also responded to shut off power to the building.
Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental, and determined it was caused by an electrical wiring issue. Estimated loss is $320,000.
Capt. Shata Stephenson