Firefighters rescue resident from apartment fire in the Central District neighborhood

SEATTLE — Friday afternoon, our Fire Alarm Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting flames coming from a first-floor unit of an apartment building on the 100 block of 14th Ave. Engine 25, Engine 6 and Ladder 3 were the first units on scene and confirmed the callers’ reports. Crews from Engine 25 quickly made entry into the fire room and found a 14-year-old male laying inside. All three crews worked together to rescue him from the apartment unit, then deliver him to paramedics for medical evaluation. Paramedics determined the patient was in stable condition, and transported him to Harborview Medical Center for further medical care.

Firefighters worked quickly to get the fire under control while evacuating residents throughout the building. Crews prevented the fire from extending to other units and extinguished it within 15 minutes from when the first firefighters arrived on scene.

No additional injuries were reported. Investigators determined the fire was accidental, and caused by an overloaded electrical outlet. Estimated loss is $30,000.

Safety message: Avoid plugging in multiple devices to a single electrical outlet or power strip. This can overload the outlets and cause a fire. Watch our video for additional info: