Firefighters responded to a house fire just after 2:00 a.m. on Friday, September 25 at 2211 N. 59th Street. When firefighters arrived there were flames coming from the second floor of a two story home. Residents were able to get out safely and without any injuries. Firefighters had the fire under control within about 10 minutes. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by an overheated light fixture. Damage was estimated at $70,000.
At 2:30 a.m. this morning the Seattle Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a five story apartment building located at 1000 Queen Anne Avenue North. Firefighters arrived to find fire in a two bedroom apartment on the second floor of the building. Firefighters evacuated the building and were able to put the fire out in about 15 minutes. Two occupants were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation but neither required transport to the hospital.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by improper disposal of smoking materials. The fire was contained to one unit and damage was estimated at $125,000.
Father and son, Dan (right in photo) and James (left in photo) Richards, fought their first fire together today when both Engine 39 and Engine 31 were dispatched to a house fire in Lake City. Dan Richards has worked for the Seattle Fire Department for 37 years and normally works as the driver on Ladder 9, which responds out of Fire Station 17 in the University District. His son James has been working for the Seattle Fire Department for five years and works on Engine 31 which responds out of Fire Station 31 in Northgate. The father-son duo typically work on different shifts so they don’t run into each other at work very often. Dan was working an extra shift today on Engine 39, which responds out of Fire Station 39 in Lake City.
Firefighters responded to a house fire at 14092 23rd Place NE at 9:12 a.m. Wednesday morning. When Engine 39 arrived at the scene they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the front side of a one story house. One occupant was able to get out of the house safely prior to the Fire Department’s arrival. The fire spread up into the attic space and firefighters cut holes in the roof to ventilate and pulled apart the ceilings to ensure that the hotspots were put out. Forty firefighters responded to the fire and there were no injuries. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by combustible materials placed too close to an operating wood stove. Damage was estimated at $180,000.
Seattle Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit has determined that a series of fires in the Greenwood Neighborhood were intentionally set. The Seattle Police Department is handling the criminal investigations. At least four fires have been set in the area in the past two months. Three of those fires occurred in the last week. There are no suspects at this time and investigators have not determined that these fires are connected; however, the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department want to inform residents and give them arson prevention tips. Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Arson Alarm Hotline number at 1-800-55-ARSON.
Later today, firefighters will distribute Arson Watch Flyers with tips on steps individuals can take to make a difference in protecting their home or business.
August 13 – 100 Block of NW 84th Street
Set fire spread to a home at approximately 4:31 p.m. A 50-year old male suffered burns and was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Damage to the home totaled $170,000.
August 13 – 1100 Block of N 98th Street
Set fire in a first floor office of a mixed use commercial/residential building at 3:21 a.m. Two occupants of an apartment above the office were able to exit the building safely. Firefighters arrived to find a small fire in the office area on the first floor. Damage to the business totaled $15,000.
August 12 – 7700 Block of Greenwood Ave North
Fire set on the exterior of a three story residence at 1:33 p.m. There were no people inside the house and the fire was concentrated on the exterior of the building. Damage was estimated at $100.
June 19 – 8700 Block of Greenwood Avenue North
Fire set in the basement of a vacant and closed restaurant around 10:00 p.m. There were no people inside the building and no injuries as a result of this fire. Damage was estimated at $500.
On Wednesday, August 12 just after 1 a.m. firefighters responded to a house fire at the intersection of NW 85 Street and 6 Avenue NW in Ballard. Flames were visible from the side of a vacant house when the first engine arrived on scene. Firefighters searched the house and confirmed that there was no one inside. There were no injuries as a result of this fire. Most of the fire damage was on the outside of the structure, though some fire spread to the interior and attic space.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials that ignited dry grass and debris near the house. Damage was estimated at $70,000. This vacant home was also the site of a set fire on November 14, 2008.
Improperly discarded smoking materials caused an accidental fire in the 7500 block of 20th Ave NE in the Wedgwood neighborhood on Sunday. Firefighters responded to reports of a building fire at 5:17 p.m. and found smoke and flames coming from the back side of a mixed residential and commercial building. Firefighters cut through a fence to reach the the blaze. Residents were able to get out of the apartments on their own and there were no injuries. Residents of two apartments were displaced by the fire and there was some smoke and water damage to an adjacent building. More than 50 Seattle Firefighters responded to the fire.
Seattle Fire Department Fire Investigators determined that fireworks caused an early morning fire in the University District on Sunday. Firefighters responded to the 4200 block of 12 Avenue NE at approximately 12:30 am July 5. Fireworks ignited a mattress that was leaning up against a detached garage. The fire extended from the mattress to the garage to the vacant house next door. Four fire engines, two ladder trucks, a medic unit and an aid car responded to the fire, along with support units. The fire was quickly put out and there were no injuries. Damage caused by the fire was estimated at $65,000.
At 11:05 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, more than 30 Seattle firefighters responded to a report of fire at 4200 University Way Northeast. When the first unit arrived on the scene they found heavy flames inside a copy shop located on the first floor of a three story apartment building. Firefighters quickly attacked the fire, and through their efforts, the flames were knocked down in approximately ten minutes.
Crews evacuated residents from apartments above the copy shop and got everyone out of the building with no injuries. Quick work by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading beyond the copy shop.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by an overheated electrical cord. Damage was estimated at $600,000, including $200,000 in damages to the structure and $400,000 to the contents of the copy shop.