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Firefighters battle fire in Central District


SEATTLE – On March 30 around 3:45 a.m., the Fire Alarm Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a fire at a duplex, but later determined to be a commercial building, located on the 700 Blk of 23 Ave.  Engine 6 arrived first and reported fire on the outside of the structure.  Crews knocked the fire down before transitioning to an interior attack.  There were no occupants inside the building and no injuries to any firefighters.  The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes.  At the height of the fire there were four engine and three ladder companies.

Fire Investigators have determined that this fire was intentionally set and is ruling it as arson.  The estimated damage to the structure is $150,000 and $50,000 to contents.

The Seattle Police Department is conducting the follow-up investigation. Anyone with information about this fire should contact SPD’s Arson and Bomb Squad at (206) 684-8980. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

Photos courtesy of John Odegard