Capital Hill Apartment Fire

At 1:30 a.m., October 9, fire units were dispatched to the 1700 block of Belmont Avenue after numerous calls reporting “lots of black smoke from floor two and three” of a 25-unit, three-story apartment building. Callers also informed dispatchers that the “alarm is sounding, and occupants are evacuating.”

First arriving units reported smoke visible from floor two, with a possible rescue of an occupant on exterior balcony of floor three. Fire units laid interior lines to floors two and three and quickly brought a second floor room fire under control. The occupant on the balcony evacuated from the interior of the building prior to Seattle Fire Department rescue efforts. The fire was contained to the second floor apartment with some water damage to apartment directly below.

There were no injuries to firefighters, but one occupant sustained injuries while evacuating down the fire escape. She was treated at the scene and transported to Harborview Medical Center via American Medical Response ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Seattle City Light secured power in the fire room. American Red Cross was called for two adult males from two separate apartments. King County Metro provided a bus for the temporarily displaced residents until it was determined that they could reoccupy.

Fire Investigators determined that the cause of the fire was an overheated extension cord. Damage estimates were $70,000.