South Seattle Iron and Metals Corporation Fire

SEATTLE – On Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 9:51 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 600 Block of South Myrtle Street for a fire in a large, partially-open metal shed. The fire had activated a single sprinkler head which controlled the growth of the fire and notified the fire department.

When fire crews arrived, they found a moderate-sized fire inside the structure, covered by approximately eight-feet of metal shavings, preventing immediate access. Firefighters applied large amounts of water for three-hours to ensure the fire was extinguished.

SFD’s Hazardous Materials Team tested the runoff water for hazardous substances and found no abnormal readings. The SFD incident commander requested both Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the Washington State Department of Ecology (WSDOE) at the incident site due to the adjacent location of the fire to the Duwamish River. Site representatives advised that the incident site had complete water collection and treatment which was confirmed by SPU and WSDOE one they arrived on-site.

Fire Investigation Unit members ruled the fire as accidental and determined the cause was overheated electrical wires. The estimated loss is $60,000.

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