June 14—Unattended food on the stove is the cause of an early morning fire at an apartment complex in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle.
At 2:35 a.m. a 911 call came into the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames visible from a first floor unit in the 9000 block of Seward Park Avenue South. Engine Company 33 arrived to find smoke coming from the two-story apartment complex. Firefighters stretched two hose lines in and attacked the flames. Crews were able to contain the fire to the kitchen and dining room of the unit. It took 12 minutes to completely extinguish the flames. Firefighters then used high power fans to ventilate the smoke out of the complex.
The fire started in the kitchen by unattended food and then extended to the kitchen cabinets and range hood.
The Red Cross was called in to assist two adult males and one dog from the fire unit. A family of three in the apartment above the fire damaged unit also received temporary shelter from the Red Cross.
There were no reported injuries.