August 13- A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a North Seattle house fire suffered $275,000 damage after an electrical fan overheated. The fire is being classified as an accidental fire.
Engine Company 31 arrived to find a heavy column of black smoke and flames pouring from the 2nd floor of a split level home. The fire had extended into the attic of the home. Ladder Company 9 pulled the ceilings of the 2nd floor to allow firefighter better access to fight the attic fire. It took firefighters approximately a half-hour to completely extinguish the flames.
5 people were home when the fire began. All of the occupants safely evacuated the structure.
The Fire Investigator determined the cause of the fire was accidental. An overheated electrical fan in the 2nd floor bedroom caused the fire. The flames ignited nearby combustibles and then extended through the attic and the rest of the home.
The damage estimate is $200,000 to the structure and $75,000 to the contents.
The Red Cross was called to assist 4 adult males and 1 adult female who were displaced by the fire.
There were no reported injuries.