SEATTLE – Fire investigators have released the cause of three recent fires that occurred on Feb. 13 and 14.
Feb. 13 – 6200 Block of Airport Way S.: Fire started in an apartment unit on the second floor of a three-story complex. Investigators ruled the fire as accidental, and said it started when food caught fire on the stove and spread to nearby combustibles. One adult male was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Total estimated loss is $125,000.
SAFETY TIP: If a fire occurs on the stovetop, do not put water on the grease; instead use an oven mit to slide a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. If the fire is out of control or has spread, do not try to put it out. Get out and call 911 immediately.
Feb. 14 – 5700 Block of 25th Ave. NE: Fire started in the garage and spread to the interior of the house. Investigators ruled the fire as accidental, and said it started from an electrical shortage in a lamp that was plugged in. Total estimated loss is $195,000.
SAFETY TIP: If the cord to an appliance ever feels hot to the touch, do not use it. Check the wires of appliances regularly and replace frayed or damaged wires.
Feb. 14 – 6800 Block of 46th Ave. S.: Fire started in the basement of the home, and spread to all floors of the house. Investigators ruled the fire as accidental, and said it caught fire during a copper pipe repair. One adult male was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Total estimated loss is $200,000.
SAFETY TIP: When using a flame torch for home repair, ensure you keep a close eye on the area for at least 30 minutes to ensure a fire does not ignite. Have a fire extinguisher close by.