SEATTLE – On Sept. 13, 2018, just after 5 a.m., the Fire Alarm Center received a call about a townhouse fire in the Wallingford neighborhood. Crews reported seeing a column of smoke from the 4200 Block of Winslow Pl. N. on the way to the incident. When units first arrived, they reported heavy black smoke and flames from all floors of the middle unit of a three-unit townhouse. The three-story townhouse was under construction.
Engine 9 from Fire Station 9 in Fremont, arrived first on scene, and quickly began applying water on the fire. Crews laid hose lines and used deck guns to work towards extinguishment. Due to the middle unit being fully-involved, crews had to fight the fire defensively from outside of the structure. Two additional engines were requested to assist with firefighting efforts. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and were able to stop it from spreading to nearby homes in close proximity. The fire was completely extinguished in 75 minutes.
Fire investigators ruled the cause of the fire as undetermined. Total estimated loss to the structure is $400,000.