Second Fire at Same House in One Month

February 25—Seattle Fire Investigators determined a house fire on 16th Avenue was accidental, caused by an overheated oil radiator. The damage estimate is $50,000 to the fire house and $50,000 to the home to the north.

Just minutes before midnight, a 911 call came into the Fire Alarm Center reporting a fire at a two-story home located in the 700 block of 16th Avenue. The first engine company arrived to find flames shooting out of both sides of the house and fire shooting out of the back of the structure. The flames were exposing to homes on both the north and the south side of the fire house.

The incident commander called for second alarm which doubled our fire resources in order to battle the growing flames. Firefighters ran six hose lines to both protect the neighboring homes and to battle the initial house fire.

Firefighters were able to save the home to the south. However, the home to the north suffered heavy damage to its first floor. The occupant of the north home safely  evacuated. The four occupants of the initial fire house also safely evacuated.

It took about 20 minutes to control the flames. It took an hour for firefighters to extinguish the flames in the north house. Extinguishing the flames in the initial house took longer due to the house being boarded up after a previous fire and the extensive combustibles piled up inside the home.

The previous fire occurred at 4:53 a.m. on February 8, 2015. Firefighters arrived to find flames breaking through the front window of the home. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and all four occupants safely evacuated before firefighters arrived. Red Cross was called to assist the occupants with temporary accommodations.

The cause of this fire was improperly discarded smoking materials in a coach which caused $25,000 in damage. After this fire, the incident commander recommended the residents not reoccupy the house.

After the latest fire, Red Cross assisted the 4 occupants with temporary shelter.