SEATTLE – On Thursday, February 22 just after 9:30 a.m., the Fire Alarm Center received multiple calls reporting an explosion and fire in the garage of a home located at the 4900 Block of 30th Avenue South. Engine and truck companies saw a column of black smoke in the area on the way to the incident. Engine 13 arrived first on scene and saw heavy black smoke and flames coming from the garage of the two-story home.
All occupants had safely evacuated the home prior to Seattle Fire’s arrival. Crews fought the fire from the outside of the structure, as it was initially unsafe to enter. They later switched to operating from the interior, to push fire out of the house. The fire had quickly spread to other areas of the home, and all rooms in the house either sustained fire or smoke damage. Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy were called to the scene for a gas meter leaking natural gas, and live power lines that had fallen down.
There were no reported injuries to members of the public or firefighters. The American Red Cross was called to assist three displaced adults. Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental, and determined it was caused by a gas explosion in the garage. Estimated loss is $250,000 to structure, and $100,000 to contents.