Seattle City Light Completes Electrical System Upgrade on East Denny Way Near East Broadway

The newly installed vault on East Denny Way.

Seattle City Light crews recently completed civil construction work on East Denny Way between Harvard Avenue and Broadway on Capitol Hill. The work will improve electric service reliability and will help to reduce the number of unplanned outages in the area. 

City Light’s construction work began June 16, 2014, and was completed on schedule two weeks later. Crews trenched and installed conduit between an existing underground electrical vault located in the sidewalk and a utility pole roughly 20 feet away. The excavation and conduit installation were the first steps to increase electrical capacity from 4 kilovolts to 26 kilovolts to customers in the area. Crews have also restored the asphalt and concrete affected by the trenching and conduit installation.

The construction and related upgrades are important to improving the electrical service reliability to City Light customers and are a vital component of the utility’s Strategic Plan.

At a later date, crews will install new electrical cable. The cable installation will take several days to complete.

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Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider The Sterling Apartments for Landmark Nomination

The Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of The Sterling Apartments (323 Bellevue Avenue East) at its meeting on Wednesday, August 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by August 19 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

A copy of the landmark nomination will be available for public review at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave E (206-684-4715), and at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office at the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”


Capitol Hill Apartment Fire Caused by Overheated Electrical Wiring

July 1—Seattle Fire Investigators determined a fire at a Capitol Hill apartment complex was caused by overheated electrical wiring inside the wall. The fire is being classified as accidental.

At 9:39 p.m. dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call from an occupant of an apartment in the 2300 block of 10th Avenue East. The caller reported smoke in the unit coming from behind the baseboards. The apartment complex was evacuated.

When firefighter arrived they found light smoke on floor 2 of the multi-story apartment building and a wall fire in apartment units on both the 2nd and 3rd floor. It took firefighter 20 minutes to dig the fire out of the wall and to have the fire under control.

Due to the fire damage, occupants were not allowed to reoccupy two units. Once air readings were safe, the rest of the occupants were allowed to reoccupy their apartments.

Firefighters remained on scene overnight to maintain fire coverage.

The fire investigator estimates $25,000 in damage.

There were no injuries.


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.

Under-Construction Capitol Hill Apartment Complex Fire Caused by Smoking Materials


June 13—Seattle Fire Investigators determined a fire at an under-construction Capitol Hill Apartment Building was accidental, caused by improperly extinguished smoking materials in a Porta-Potty on the top of the roof.

The first 911 call came in at 3 a.m. to firefighter/dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center. The caller reported black smoke coming from the roof of the construction site located in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue. The fire arriving Engine Company found flames shooting from the roof of the building. Ladder Company 10 raised its aerial ladder and was able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Investigators determined the fire caused damage to a section of the roof and the surrounding wood. The damage estimate is $10,000.

There were no reported injuries.