April 29—Seattle Fire Investigators are classifying a fire at an Arbor Heights home as undetermined. Due the extensive damage to the structure and the danger of the building collapsing, investigators were not able to go inside the home to collect evidence.
At 7:38 p.m. the first 911 call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames coming from a home in the 10000 block of 39th Avenue SW. The first arriving engine crew found a heavy column of black smoke and flames shooting from the one-story home with basement. Immediately the firefighters took a defensive stance and fought the fire from the outside of the structure.
Flames were shooting from the north and south sides of the home exposing to the neighboring homes. As a precaution, firefighters evacuated both homes of the occupants including one paraplegic resident. Due to their quick work, crews were able to protect the neighboring structures from the fire.
When firefighters arrived the two occupants of the fire home were outside. The female occupant escaped first. A neighbor rescued the male occupant by opening the front door and pulling him outside to safety. Medics transported the male, a man in his 70’s, to Harborview Medical Center with burns to his head and with smoke inhalation. He was in stable condition. AMR transported the female resident, also in her 70’s, to Harborview Medical Center with smoke inhalation. She also was in stable condition.
As of the morning of Wednesday April 30, both residents remain hospitalized and fire investigators have been unable to speak to them regarding the fire investigation.
It took fire crews about 30 minutes from arriving to control the fire. The majority of damage was to the basement, garage and back deck. Fire investigators determined the house is a total loss.
Firefighters stayed on scene all throughout the night on a Fire Watch to make sure no hot spots flared up.
The damage estimate is $350,000 to the structure and $100,000 in damage to the contents.