January 22—Seattle Fire Investigators determined a house fire in South Seattle was accidental, caused by an overheated electrical cord. The damage estimate is $50,000.
Just after 6 a.m., dispatchers received a 911 call reporting smoke and fire showing from the windows of a 2-story home located in the 2400 block of South Graham Street. When firefighters arrived they found flames coming from the front of the house. Crews had to make forcible entry into the house. The heavy amount of flames in the living room extended up the stairs to the second floor of the house.
Fire crews found one occupant on the rear roof of the structure. A ladder company rescued the man off the second floor roof.
Firefighter’s efforts were slowed down by a large amount of combustible materials packed inside the house. The combustibles are 4 feet high, blocked the front door and made navigation of the smoke-filled home more difficult. It took more than 5 minutes to knock down the flames and 45 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.
There were no injuries.