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2-Alarm fire damages art gallery in Pioneer Square

SEATTLE — At 6:39 a.m., the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Alarm Center received 911 calls reporting a fire in a three-story commercial building in the 300 block of Occidental Ave. S. Health One, stationed nearby, was the first unit on scene and surveyed the area to help arriving Engine companies find the best access to the fire.

Firefighters made entry into the building from the front entrance and the back alley of an art gallery to pour water on the fire. At 7:12 a.m., incident command upgraded the response to a 2-alarm fire requesting additional crews for searching all floors of the gallery as well as the neighboring businesses. No one was found inside the building and firefighters confirmed the fire did not extend into the adjacent businesses. By 8 a.m., the fire was under control and the response was reduced to a few units to monitor for flare ups.

No injuries were reported and the incident is under investigation.

UPDATED Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.: Seattle Fire investigators ruled the fire was accidental. Likely caused by a warming fire that started in the alley and extended into the building.