Early Morning RV Fire Causes $5,000 in Damage

February 24—Seattle Fire Investigators determined the cause of an early morning RV fire in Ballard was accidental, caused by a burning candle inside the coach.

At 2:31 a.m., multiple 911 callers reported hearing an explosion and then a fire in the RV that was parked on NW 45th Street and 6Th Avenue NW.  When firefighters arrived they found the two occupants of the motorhome has safely evacuated.  Because everyone was out of the burning coach, firefighters went defensive, meaning they fought the flames from outside if the RV. It took 8 minutes for firefighters to get the fire under control and 13 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

The burning RV caught a telephone/power pole on fire. Power lines were directly above the burning motorhome which caused a hazard for firefighters.

AMR transported both occupants of the RV to HMC after they suffered minor burns to their hands.

Fire investigators determined there was no evidence of an explosion just a fire inside the RV. The damage estimate is $5,000 to the motorhome.

3 House Fires In 90 Minutes cause more than $135,000 in Damage

February 3-It was a busy day for Seattle Firefighters. They battled three unrelated house fires, in different parts of the city, during a 90 minute span today.

• 8 people displaced
• $195,000 in total damage
• All 3 fires were electrical in nature

House Fire 1000 block of NE 123rd Street Fire

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

The first fire broke out today at 11:01 a.m. A caller reporting a large volume of smoke coming from the house located in the 1000 block of NE 123rd Street. Firefighters arrived to find the lone occupant of the house had safely evacuated. He stated the fire started in the kitchen of the house and spread. The flames worked their way from the kitchen through the ventilation system and into the attic of the 1-story home.

 

 

It took firefighters 10 minutes to control the flames and 22 minutes to knock down the fire. The flames caused extensive damage to the kitchen and roof and caused smoke damage to the house.

There were no reported injuries. The Red Cross was called to assist 2 adult males with temporary housing.

The Seattle Fire Investigator determined the cause was accidental, an electrical issue in the stove ventilation fan. The damage estimate is $10,000 to the structure and $60,000 to the contents.

House Fire 1500 23rd Avenue South

A Seattle Fire investigator determined a house fire in the 1500 block of 23rd Avenue South was accidental and electrical in nature. The cause was an overheated power adaptor and cord.

At 12:02 p.m. a person driving by the house noticed flames coming from the house and called 911. The first firefighters arrived within 3 minutes to find the house full of smoke. Firefighter’s aggressive attack limited the fire to just one bedroom. The fire was under control within 6 minutes and completely extinguished within 30 minutes.

No one was home at the time of the fire. However, a family for four did return to find their home damaged by the heat and smoke. The Red Cross was called to provide temporary shelter for 2 adults and 2 teenagers.

The damage estimate is $50,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents. There are no reported injuries.

An engine company will remain on scene and conduct a Firewatch until 4 p.m. to ensure hot spots do not flare up.

2800 block of Harvard Avenue East

A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a basement fire in a home in the 2800 block of Harvard Avenue East was accidental caused by electrical wiring.

At 12:31 p.m. dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received a hang up call reporting a fire inside the house. When firefighters arrived, they found a small basement fire at a single story house with basement and partially finished attic space. The firefighters made forcible entry into the basement. The flames traveled from the basement up a pipe-chase and into the wall and attic. The house suffered extensive smoke damage.

It took 15 minutes for firefighter to control the fire. It took 30 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

The house was not habitable. The Red Cross was called to assist two adult males with temporary housing.

The damage estimate is $$45,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents.

South Seattle Home Fire Caused by Overheated Electrical Cord

 

January 22—Seattle Fire Investigators determined a house fire in South Seattle was accidental, caused by an overheated electrical cord. The damage estimate is $50,000.

Just after 6 a.m., dispatchers received a 911 call reporting smoke and fire showing from the windows of a 2-story home located in the 2400 block of South Graham Street. When firefighters arrived they found flames coming from the front of the house. Crews had to make forcible entry into the house.  The heavy amount of flames in the living room extended up the stairs to the second floor of the house.

Fire crews found one occupant on the rear roof of the structure. A ladder company rescued the man off the second floor roof.

Firefighter’s efforts were slowed down by a large amount of combustible materials packed inside the house. The combustibles are 4 feet high, blocked the front door and made navigation of the smoke-filled home more difficult. It took more than 5 minutes to knock down the flames and 45 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

There were no injuries.

First Hill Apartment Fire Caused by Unattended Food on the Stove

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        April 29 – Fire investigators determined a First Hill High Rise fire was accidental, caused by unattended food on the stove. The damage estimate was $20,000 to the structure and $3,000 to the contents.

At 9:24 p.m. dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received an automatic fire alarm coming from a high rise building located at 800 Jefferson Street. The alarm panel indicated the fire was in a 12th floor occupied apartment. When firefighters arrived on the floor, the hallway was filled with light white smoke. The resident of the fire unit had evacuated as well as several residents from the 12th floor. Other residents were told to shelter in place, essentially, stay inside their apartments.

Firefighters were able to knock down the stove fire quickly. The flames did extend to the kitchen cabinets and caused smoke damage to the apartment.

There were no injuries.