3 House Fires In 90 Minutes cause more than $135,000 in Damage

February 3-It was a busy day for Seattle Firefighters. They battled three unrelated house fires, in different parts of the city, during a 90 minute span today.

• 8 people displaced
• $195,000 in total damage
• All 3 fires were electrical in nature

House Fire 1000 block of NE 123rd Street Fire

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

The first fire broke out today at 11:01 a.m. A caller reporting a large volume of smoke coming from the house located in the 1000 block of NE 123rd Street. Firefighters arrived to find the lone occupant of the house had safely evacuated. He stated the fire started in the kitchen of the house and spread. The flames worked their way from the kitchen through the ventilation system and into the attic of the 1-story home.



It took firefighters 10 minutes to control the flames and 22 minutes to knock down the fire. The flames caused extensive damage to the kitchen and roof and caused smoke damage to the house.

There were no reported injuries. The Red Cross was called to assist 2 adult males with temporary housing.

The Seattle Fire Investigator determined the cause was accidental, an electrical issue in the stove ventilation fan. The damage estimate is $10,000 to the structure and $60,000 to the contents.

House Fire 1500 23rd Avenue South

A Seattle Fire investigator determined a house fire in the 1500 block of 23rd Avenue South was accidental and electrical in nature. The cause was an overheated power adaptor and cord.

At 12:02 p.m. a person driving by the house noticed flames coming from the house and called 911. The first firefighters arrived within 3 minutes to find the house full of smoke. Firefighter’s aggressive attack limited the fire to just one bedroom. The fire was under control within 6 minutes and completely extinguished within 30 minutes.

No one was home at the time of the fire. However, a family for four did return to find their home damaged by the heat and smoke. The Red Cross was called to provide temporary shelter for 2 adults and 2 teenagers.

The damage estimate is $50,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents. There are no reported injuries.

An engine company will remain on scene and conduct a Firewatch until 4 p.m. to ensure hot spots do not flare up.

2800 block of Harvard Avenue East

A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a basement fire in a home in the 2800 block of Harvard Avenue East was accidental caused by electrical wiring.

At 12:31 p.m. dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received a hang up call reporting a fire inside the house. When firefighters arrived, they found a small basement fire at a single story house with basement and partially finished attic space. The firefighters made forcible entry into the basement. The flames traveled from the basement up a pipe-chase and into the wall and attic. The house suffered extensive smoke damage.

It took 15 minutes for firefighter to control the fire. It took 30 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

The house was not habitable. The Red Cross was called to assist two adult males with temporary housing.

The damage estimate is $$45,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents.