Two early morning house fires keep firefighters busy

House fire on NE 72 St. Photo by John Odegard

No one was injured in two house fires that occurred early this morning within an hour of each other. The fires caused a total loss of $170,000.

The first fire was dispatched at 2:09 am to a house near 8 Avenue NE and NE 72 Street for a report of a porch fire that extended to the roof. Firefighters quickly extinguished the visible flames but worked for about an hour aggressively digging out the hidden fire located in the attic void spaces. The home owner discovered the fire and was out of the building by the time firefighters arrived. Fire investigators determined that this was a set fire and Seattle Police will be handling the investigation. The fire caused $100,000 to the house including contents and $5,000 damage to the neighboring house.

The second fire at 2:57 am was in a house near the intersection of 23 Ave S and S Columbia Way. This was an accidental fire caused by improperly discarded smoking material which started in the bedroom. Firefighters were faced with flames through the windows on one side of the house when they arrived. With their aggressive actions, they were able to extinguish the fire within about 20 minutes and limited the fire damage to $65,000. No one was in the home when firefighters arrived.