At 3:28 p.m. firefighter dispatchers received multiple calls of a two-story apartment building on fire in the 1000 block of S Thistle St. Callers reported a person trapped on the second floor of the burning complex. Engine Company 26 arrived to find flames shooting out of the building and began a rescue effort, pulling a trapped female tenant from her burning apartment using a ladder. There were four residents home at the time of the fire and all four safely escaped. None of the occupants needed medical attention.
Firefighters used multiple hose lines to knock down the fire. It took 20 minutes to knock down the flames, and 45 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.
The fire started on the outside of the building and extended to the structure. The fire investigator determined the damage estimate is $200,000 to the structure and $100,000 to the contents. The Seattle Police Arson Bomb Squad was called to assist in the investigation. The cause is under investigation..
One firefighter was transported to Harborview Medical Center by medics as a precaution after becoming overheated.