West Seattle Home Fire Caused by Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials

July 20-At 1:22 a.m., neighbors called 911 to report smoke coming from the basement of a home located in the 4400 block of SW Graham Street. Neighbors attempted to knock on the door to wake up the occupants of the home.

When firefighters arrived to find flames visible from the crawl space of the home The two occupants were able to safely evacuate the home. The flames were on the exterior and extended to the siding of the home. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes.

Fire investigators determined the cause to be accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials ignited a wooden planter of the front porch. The fire spread to exterior siding and crawlspace. The damage estimate is $50,000.

There were no injuries.  The adult male and female declined the Red Cross assistance and found their own temporary housing.