SEATTLE – On July 23, 2018 around 7:30 p.m., Engine 20 was dispatched to the 2900 BLK 9 Ave W for a report of a rubbish fire. While en-route, the Fire Alarm Center received more calls indicating that this was a house fire, and the alarm was quickly upgraded. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire on the exterior of the rear of the house. Firefighters quickly put water on the fire, knocking it down, and then transitioned to an interior attack to push the fire out. The fire was under control within 25 minutes.
The two residents of the house were already out when Seattle Fire arrived but did suffer minor injuries and were transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition. There were no injuries to firefighters. There were 24 units on scene including 8 engines and 2 ladder trucks.
Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental, and determined it was caused by a barbecue grill underneath the back deck. Estimated loss is $150,000 to structure, and $150,000 to contents.
Photos courtesy of John Odegard