Early Morning S. Park House Fire Caused by Transient Activity

August 17—A Seattle Fire Investigators determined an early morning fire at a vacant South Park home was accidental, caused by transient activity which ignited combustible materials in the attic space.

At 5:36 a.m. a 911 call came into the Fire Alarm Center reporting a large amount of smoke coming from an abandoned home located in the 1400 block of South Donovan Street. Firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from the eaves of the home. The house was vacant and previously boarded up. The local engine company had previously inspected the property and found interior hazards so the house was listed as a dangerous building.

Due to the dangerous building status, firefighters launched a defensive attack, fighting the fire from the outside of the building to avoid exposing firefighters to any unnecessary risks. Due to fire damage to the home, a collapse zone was created around the immediately exterior of the house.

The flames extended from the attic space down to the second floor of the home. Crews used multiple hose lines and two ladder pipes capable of dumping 1,000 gallons a minute each on the fire. At 9:27 a.m. the fire was extinguished or tapped.

During the firefight, the roof of the home and a second floor collapsed. Once the flames were knocked down, crews searched both floors of the home and the basement for any occupants. No one was found inside the home.  Waist-deep combustibles were piled up throughout the home which made the search more challenging.

The damage estimate is $55,000 and there were no reported injuries.


Unattended Candle Caused Weekend House Fire in Ballard

August 16—Seattle Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire inside a 2nd story home located in the 8300 block of 28th Avenue NW.

At 9:21 p.m., firefighters were called to the home for reports of flames visible from the second floor window of the home. When firefighters arrived they found a small fire in the upstairs bedroom. The family evacuated the home.  A neighbor used a dry chemical extinguisher on the fire to knock it down before firefighters arrived.

The fire was started by an unattended candle left on a desk full of papers and books. The flames burned a window casing above the desk and also caught the window blinds on fire. The damage estimate is $3,500.

The family was allowed to re-occupy the home after firefighters cleared the atmosphere of smoke.

Seattle Firefighters respond to six full-response fires in approximately 6 hour period

Thursday July 30th was a busy day for Seattle Firefighters.  Beginning shortly after 1 p.m. fire crews were dispatched to six full-response fires. Each full-response involves:

Deputy Chief
2 Battalion Chiefs
Safety Chief
Staffing Office
4 Fire Engines
2 Ladder Trucks
Aid Car
Medic unit
Air Unit

Phinney Ridge  Fire

Photo Courtesy Mike Heaton

Photo Courtesy Mike Heaton

Photo Courtesy Mike Heaton



The first fire came in at 1:05 p.m. to a home located in the 100 block of NW 83rd Street.  The occupant was home with his dog when workers laying insulation in the attic noticed smoke and everyone evacuated the home.  When firefighters arrived they found smoke pouring from both sides of the 2-story home.  The firefighters entering the home experienced high heat.  Crews fought the fire from both the interior and exterior while ladder companies cut holes in the roof to vent the charged smoke from the structure. It took 40 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

The cause was accidental, mechanical damage of electrical wiring system during the installation of insulation.  The damage estimate is $70,000. There were no injuries.

The Red Cross was called to provide assistance to one adult male, one adult female and one child.

Due to temperatures reaching 90 degrees, misting fans were deployed in the firefighter rehabilitation area to cool fire crews off.

Boat Fire

At 1:30 firefighters were called to the 7300 block of 4th Avenue South to a 75 foot tug boat with a fire in the bow. Workers welding below deck ignited insulation in the boat. It took crews about 30 minutes to control the fire.

There were no injuries.

Capitol Hill Fire

At 4:15 p.m. firefighters were called to an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Broadway East. When crews arrive they found everyone had evacuated the 3-story apartment complex. Crews were able to extinguish an exterior deck fire on the second floor. The flames extended to an adjacent wall but did not make their way into the building. The cause of the fire was combustible oil left on the deck which ignited.

There were no injuries.


Central District Fire


















At 4:40 p.m. multiple 911 calls came into Firefighter /Dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames and smoke coming from a 2-story apartment building with basement in the 5090 block of 27th Avenue in the Central District. When firefighters arrived, they found a wall of flames coming from the front of the complex. Several residents had to evacuate the complex and run through flames coming from the front porch. Several animals were trapped inside the burning structure.

The incident commander called for a second alarm bringing in nearly 80 firefighters to the scene. The extra resources were needed to rotate crews in and out of the burning building due to the hot weather.

Firefighters were able to save a Chihuahua and two cats. A third cat was missing.  Fire crews found the dog and one cat in a first floor apartment. The fire investigator found the second cat hiding in the basement laundry room.  Medics evaluated and treated the pets for smoke inhalation. The pets were transported to a nearby pet hospital to be checked out by veterinarians.

It took 20 minutes for fire crews to control the flames.

A fire investigator determined the cause to be accidental, the result of improperly discarded smoking materials placed in a plastic pot on the front porch of the home. The damage estimate is $255,000.

There were no injuries.

University District Fire

Photo courtesy of John Odegard

Photo courtesy of John Odegard


At 6:12 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 5200 block of 11th Avenue NE for a back porch fire that was extending into a house. When firefighters arrived they found an enclosed back porch full involved with flames extending to their home, to their neighbor’s shed and exposing to a townhome to the south. The fire extended into the attic of the home.

All of the occupants safely evacuated.

It took fire crews 25 minutes to control the flames and 35 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

The fire investigator determined the cause was accidental, the result of improperly discarded smoking materials in a planter pot on a wooden deck. The damage estimate is $70,000.

There were no injuries.

 Ravenna Fire

Photo courtesy of John Odegard


At 7:13 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 6500 block of Ravenna Avenue NE for reporting of black smoke coming from the roof of a 2-story building. Firefighters extinguished the flames within two minutes of arriving on scene.

There were no injuries.

The fire was caused by roofers spilling a heated bucket of tar.

Summer Brush Fires Increase by 178% in Seattle

July 22, 2015 -Since June 1st, the Seattle Fire Department has responded to a 178% increase in brush fires. The warm, dry conditions are creating the perfect fuel for fires to burn.

By two p.m. today, the Seattle Firefighters has already responded to four brush fires and four beauty bark fires. The most serious fire started at 10:57 a.m. along the southbound lanes of I-5 at 130th. A fire burned from the freeway up the hillside charring a 200 foot by 100 foot section of dry grass and brush. The flames extended to ignite a tree and burn a section of concrete barrier at the top of the slope. It took five fire engines nearly an hour to completely extinguish the flames.

The fires today include:

Brush Fires:

  • 10:14 a.m. 3801 Discovery Park Blvd- Campfire extending to brush
  • 10:57 a.m.SB I5 at 130th-Brush Fire
  • 11:01 a.m. S Holgate St/5th Ave S- Brush Fire
  • 1:20 p.m. 9444 9th Av SW-Brush Fire

Beauty Bark Fires:

  • 6:12 a.m. 609 Yesler Way- Beauty Bark Fire
  • 6:48 a.m. 149 N 75th St-Beauty Bark Fire
  • 1:56 p.m. 1620 Melrose Avenue-Beauty Bark Fire

From June 1 to July 21 the Seattle Fire Department responded to 442 warm weather related fires. This includes 225 brush fires and 217 beauty bark fires. This is a 178% increase in brush fires and a 119% increase in beauty bark fires over 2014 responses.

During the same time period in 2014, the Seattle Firefighters responded to 180 fires including 81 brush fires and 99 beauty bark fires.

These fires pose a danger to those who live in a wildland/urban interface. There are steps homeowners can take to protect their properties.

  • Clear leaves and debris from roof, gutters, porches and decks.
  • Remove dead vegetation from under deck and porch and within 10 feet of house
  • Remove flammable wood piles, propane tanks away from homes and garage structures
  • Prune trees away from homes
  • For homes adjacent to large areas of greenbelt, consider defensible space between home and landscaping
  • Homes built on slopes should mitigate dead dry vegetation below and around structure.
  • Either keep lawn hydrated or if its’ brown, cut it down.
  • Practice an evacuation plan out of your home and out of your neighborhood.

A link to wildfire prevention tips:

WSP Wildland Fire Safety Tips

DNR Wildfire Prevention Tips

Fremont Daycare Damaged by Morning Fire

July 10–Seattle Fire Investigators determined an early morning fire at a Fremont daycare center was accidental most likely caused by improperly discarded smoking materials on the back deck.

At 5:24 a.m. firefighters responded to the 3600 block of Fremont Avenue North for a fire on  the back porch of a daycare center and home. Firefighter arrived to find flames shooting from the back deck and exposing to the side of the home and extending to a back garage that was converted into a living space. Within five minutes firefighters knocked down the flames,

All of the occupants of the home safely evacuated. The Red Cross was called to provide temporary shelter for the displaced family including an adult male and female, a teenage girl and two cats.

The fire also damaged the electrical lines from the house to the garage.

The damage estimate is 30 thousand dollars to the structure and 10 thousand dollars to the contents.