SEATTLE – On June 13 around 3:30 p.m., the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting a basement fire from a single-story house on the 6700 block of 33rd Ave NW. The first arriving engine company reported flames coming from the basement that extended onto an attached deck as well as a detached garage. The fire continued onto the rear ride of the house and up through the attic.
Crews responded quickly in a coordinated fire attack while simultaneously searching the house for any occupants. All occupants safely evacuated the house with no injuries. The fire was under control within 30 minutes and extinguished within an hour. One firefighter sustained minor injuries during firefighting efforts.
Fire Investigators determined the fire was accidentally caused by a rechargeable battery that burst into flames shortly after being unplugged from a power strip. Estimated loss of $400,400.
Safety tip: Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for properly charging a battery. Ensure the immediate area is free from combustible materials such as carpet, clothes and furniture. Replace the battery or charger if it has frayed wiring or has signs of damage.