May 24—Seattle Fire Investigator determined a house fire in the 600 block of NW 80th Street was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials on the back deck.
At 11:07 a.m. firefighters were called to the house for reports of a back porch on fire. When firefighters arrived they found the 2-story home with basement charged with smoke. Some residents evacuated when the buildings fire alarms sounded. A female in her 50’s was trapped in her 2nd floor bedroom and unable to evacuate due to the heavy smoke in the house. Firefighters from Engine Company 35 rescued the trapped female and her cat from the second floor room using a ladder. The woman was evaluated by medics and did not need further treatment.
It took fire crews 7 minutes to control the fire and 20 minutes to completely extinguish the flames. The damage was limited to the back porch, the kitchen and the siding of the group home. The damage estimate is $65,000 to the building and contents.
Due to the smoke and fire damage, residents were not allowed back into the home. The Red Cross was called out to assist 5 people displaced by the fire.
There were no injuries.
Courtesy: Patrick Sand/ West Seattle Blog
June 28—A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a Delridge house fire was caused by an overheated power cord in the downstairs bedroom. The cause is considered accidental, electrical. Four people, three cats and about a half-dozen chickens survived fire this morning.
At 11:19 a.m. the tenants of a home located in the 6500 block of Delridge Way SW called 911 to report flames coming from the basement of their single story home with basement. Two of the occupants attempted to fight the fire with a garden hose but the fire was too large. When Engine Company 32 arrived they found a well involved house fire with flames shooting from the basement, garage, living room and the back of the house. The fire extended into the attic. Firefighters began an aggressive attack. It took more than 50 firefighters 15 minutes to control the flames. The crews were able to protect the homes to the north and south of the burning house.
All of the occupants safely evacuated. Two of the occupant’s cats escaped the fire. Firefighters rescued a third cat found in the basement bedroom. The tenants say all half dozen of their backyard chickens survived the fire.
The Red Cross was called to provide temporary shelter for three adult males and one adult female. There were no injuries.
The fire investigator estimated the damage at $150, 000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents. The house is considered a total loss.
Firefighters will remain on scene as a Fire Watch to ensure the house does not rekindle.