July 5- Shortly after one in the morning, a 911 caller described flames coming from a two story home in the 1900 block of 17th Avenue South. Engine 13 and Ladder 3 were the first to arrive and found heavy smoke and fire burning in the attic and on the roof of the home.
Firefighters attacked the fire with water while the ladder crew cut holes in the roof for ventilation. Their efforts stopped the fire from spreading to a neighboring home. In less than 15 minutes from first spraying water on the flames, the fire was out. Crews were able to contain the flames to the attic area.
The family, who was renting the house, told investigators they left and came back to find their place on fire. The husband, wife and five-year-old child will stay with relatives after being displaced due to the heavy smoke damage.
Fireworks were seen scattered around the home. Fire investigators determined the cause to be fireworks landing on the roof of the home.
No one was injured. Investigators estimate a $10,000 loss to contents and a $50,000 loss to the structure.
In the city limits of Seattle, the possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited. Fireworks offenses are gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.