The first 911 call came in to dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center at 3:21 p.m. to report a fire at a triplex in the 2800 block of 22nd Avenue West in Magnolia. Queen Anne Engine Company 20 was the first to arrive on scene. The crew could see a 200-foot-high column of black smoke from the fire when they left the station. Arriving on scene they found heavy black smoke and fire coming from a fully-involved carport.
Firefighters immediately took aggressive action to protect the surrounding structures. Running multiple hose lines the firefighters were able to contain a majority of the flames to the carport and surrounding fences. The triplex suffered charring to its brick siding and one window was damaged by the fire. Nearby fences were also charred by the intense flames. Three cars were destroyed by the flames. It took firefighters 25 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.
All the residents of the triplex safely evacuated. There were no reported injuries.
A Seattle Fire investigator determined this was an incendiary fire. The damage estimate is $30,000 to the three cars, the fences and the carport.
The Seattle Police Department Arson Bomb Squad is handling the subsequent investigation.