SEATTLE – At 5:06 a.m. on July 16, 2017, firefighters were dispatched to the 1700 Blk. of 22nd Ave. S. for a report of a fire in a vacant warehouse building. The first engine company to arrive on scene saw flames and heavy black smoke coming from the roof of the building, and quickly upgraded the response to a two-alarm.
At the height of the fire, there were 29 fire apparatus on scene. Engine companies and ladder trucks fought the fire defensively from the outside as the building was not structurally safe to enter. Firefighters applied water on the fire with hose lines and ladder trucks, and successfully extinguished the fire by 11:29 a.m. Firefighters prevented the flames from damaging nearby structures.
The building was vacant at the time of the fire and there were no reported injuries. An AlertSeattle message was sent out by text and email to notify the public of the fire and ask people to avoid the area.
The main part of the fire was on the second floor of the vacant structure. Due to the extensive damage and risk of collapse, fire investigators were not able to go inside the structure to determine a cause. Fire investigators ruled the fire as undetermined and estimated the loss at $50,000.
Seattle Police, City Light, and Public Utilities responded to the scene to support traffic, electricity shut-off, and water run-off.
Photo Credits: John Odegard, Seattle Department of Transportation