SEATTLE – Seattle Firefighters responded to two structure fires on August 10.
The first fire occurred just after 9 a.m. at 14th Avenue and East Spruce Street. The Fire Alarm Center had received a call about a fire in a residential home, and upon arrival, crews saw that it was a boarded up structure. Firefighters fought the fire from outside of the structure until it was deemed safe to enter. Once inside, firefighters searched all floors of the structure and reported there were no occupants inside. The fire was under control within 30 minutes and no injuries were reported. Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental, and determined it started on the exterior of the southeast corner. Total estimated loss is $20,000 due to five vehicles sustaining heat damage. The building is scheduled for demolition, so there was no dollar loss to the structure.
The second fire occurred just after 6 p.m. in the Greenlake neighborhood at the 7500 Block of Sunnyside Avenue East. A 9-year-old boy named Caleb was riding his scooter in the area when he saw smoke coming from the attic and alerted his dad. His father then ran into the home, and got all of the occupants out of the house safely. Due to the fire being in the attic space, the occupants were unaware the home was on fire. Crews had the fire under control within one hour of arriving on scene. There were no reported injuries to members of the public or firefighters. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Seattle Fire Department thanks Caleb for his observation and fire safety skills, and his parents for their quick actions in alerting the occupants of the home.