Two Alarm Fire Damages Two Beacon Hill Homes

Courtesy: Fire Buff John Odegard

July 2—A two-alarm fire at two Beacon Hill homes is still under investigation.

On Wednesday July 1 at 9 p.m., multiple 911 calls poured into the Fire Alarm Center reporting a loud explosion and fire at a home locate in the 3500 block of S Portland Street.

While responding, Engine Company 33 saw a large column of black smoke rising from the fire scene. The firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from a two-story home. Flames extended from the home of origin to the nearby trees and then to a home to the west. Firefighters called for a two-alarm fire doubling the resources to help battle two homes on fire.

Two adult males safely evacuated the home of origin. One occupant attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose but the fire was too intense. Firefighters conducted a search and rescue operation of both homes but did not find anyone inside.

Power lines were down causing an electrical safety hazard for the firefighters. Seattle City Light arrived and turned off power to both homes.

At the height of the fire there were 72 firefighters and 31 fire apparatus on scene.

It took firefighters 15 minutes to knock down the fire in both homes.  Within 35 minutes the fire was under control.  It was an hour and 15 minutes before the flames were completely extinguished.

Investigators determined the cause of the explosions were three propane tanks that caught fire and exploded.

The damage to the primary structure was $150,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents. The exposure damage to the home to the west was assessed at $75000 to the structure.

Red Cross was called to assist two adult males  with temporary housing after they were displaced by the fire.

There were no injuries.

Two Alarm Fire Causes $350,000 Damage in University District



Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Seattle-At 3:40 a.m.  a Firefighter/Dispatcher at the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting a fire at a house under construction in the 5500 block of 12th Avenue NE in the University District. When firefighters arrived they found flames shooting ten feet from the roof of the under construction town home complex.

The flames had exposed to the roof and attic of a next door boarding house where 8 people lived. The occupants safely evacuated from the burning structure.

With two buildings burning, the incident commander called for a two-alarm fire nearly doubling the amount of resources on the scene.  Due to the heavy flames and with everyone evacuated, the firefighters took a defensive position meaning they fought the fires from the outside.  Eventually firefighters were able to make a transitional attack on the boarding house and fought the fire from the inside. Due to the risk of collapse of the under construction building, a collapse zone was formed around the fire site for the firefighter’s safety.

The fire burned on a nearby power pole causing a low voltage communication line to fall to the ground. Seattle City Light turned off the 110/220 volt power lines serving the building and isolated the damage to its 26,000 volt distribution line, protecting the line and service to an area hospital. About 630 customers were affected by the power outage. City Light crews expected to have power restored by 11 a.m.

The embers from the original fire flew to the roof of a third home on the west side of the burning building. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish those embers.

It took nearly an hour to completely extinguish the flames of the two burning buildings.

Red Cross was called to assist 8 people, 4 adult males and 4 adult females, with temporary housing after being displaced from the fire damaged boarding house.

Investigators are waiting for a building engineer to determine the structural integrity of the under construction townhomes before they can enter the fire scene and determine the cause.

There were no injuries.



Two Alarm West Seattle Apartment Fire Injures 2 Firefighters

A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a West Seattle two-alarm apartment fire was accidental caused by combustibles placed too close to an electrical baseboard heater.

On Saturday November 29th, dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting an alarm going off inside a 4-story apartment building located in the 3800 block of Beach Drive SW. A second caller reported smelling smoke inside the building. All of the residents safely evacuated the complex.

Engine Company 29 arrived first to find flames shooting from a ground floor unit. Firefighter took an aggressive attack to knock down the fire.  One of the major challenges was the high winds which were driving the flames inside the building. The Incident Commander called for a two-alarm to bring in additional resources to help battle the apartment complex fire.

Two members on the hose line for Engine Company 29 suffered minor burns while fighting the fire. Both were treated and released from Harborview Medical Center for their injuries.

It took nearly 45 minutes to extinguish the flames. Crew limited the fire damage to the original fire unit. Other bottom level units suffered smoke damage.

Residents were temporarily housed in a Metro Bus to keep them warm while firefighters battled the flames. After air monitoring levels came back clear, the residents were allowed back into their building.

Two adult females and a dog were displaced by the fire. American Red Cross provided temporary shelter for the displaced occupants.

The damage estimate is $150,000 to the structure and $30,000 to the contents.

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Capitol Hill Attic Fire Causes 1.25 Million Dollars in Damage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            June 24- Fire investigators determined an attic fire at a Capitol Hill house was accidental, caused by workers.

At 12:16 p.m., the first 911 call came in from the house located in the 700 block of 16th Avenue East. The caller reported smoke coming from the attic and about a half dozen people and one dog had safely evacuated from the burning home.

When the first engine company arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the attic space and 3 feet of flames coming from the rooftop area.  The fire was confined to the attic area and there wasn’t smoke or fire in the three residential floors.

The fire was burning in the open attic space of the home. Due to the large size of the structure and the heat, a 2-alarm was called to bring in additional resources to the fire scene. It took firefighter 90 minutes to control the fire and 2-hours to extinguish all of the flames. At the height of the fire there were more than 30 fire apparatus and more than 100 fire personnel on the fire scene.

Medics transported one firefighter to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries after ceiling fell on him while fighting the fire.

The fire displaced 12 adults, 1 child and 1 dog. The American Red Cross is assisting the families with temporary housing.

The fire investigators determined workers grinding metal sparked the fire. The damage estimate is one million dollars to the structure and $250,000 to the contents.