SEATTLE – Firefighters responded to two structure fires on July 4, 2018. The first fire began at approximately 1:45 p.m. in a three-story apartment building located at the 800 block of N. 130th St. Firefighters quickly contained the fire to one unit, but were unable to save a dog and cat that were inside the unit at the time of the fire. Three adults were displaced due to extensive damage to their unit. Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental, and determined it started from an overheated electrical extension cord. The total estimated loss is $70,000.
The second fire occurred just after 7 p.m. at the 3600 block of E. Marginal Way S. Firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke and fire coming from a warehouse repair garage with multiple cars on fire in the outside wrecking yard. The fire was upgraded to a 2-alarm approximately 20 minutes after crews arrived on scene. Crews fought the fire defensively, setting up around the building to ensure the neighboring buildings did not catch fire. As of 3 p.m. on July 5, firefighters are still on scene ensuring all hot spots are extinguished. Due to the extent of the damage, investigators are still working to determine the cause.
Firefighters across the City responded to more than a dozen fireworks-related fires over the Fourth of July holiday, and this number continues to climb. A more accurate report of statistics will become available in the next few weeks.
Photo credit (top photo): John Odegard
-Acting PIO Lieutenant Sue Stangl