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.

 

 

 

 

Two Alarm Fire Damages Two Beacon Hill Homes

Courtesy: Fire Buff John Odegard

July 2—A two-alarm fire at two Beacon Hill homes is still under investigation.

On Wednesday July 1 at 9 p.m., multiple 911 calls poured into the Fire Alarm Center reporting a loud explosion and fire at a home locate in the 3500 block of S Portland Street.

While responding, Engine Company 33 saw a large column of black smoke rising from the fire scene. The firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from a two-story home. Flames extended from the home of origin to the nearby trees and then to a home to the west. Firefighters called for a two-alarm fire doubling the resources to help battle two homes on fire.

Two adult males safely evacuated the home of origin. One occupant attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose but the fire was too intense. Firefighters conducted a search and rescue operation of both homes but did not find anyone inside.

Power lines were down causing an electrical safety hazard for the firefighters. Seattle City Light arrived and turned off power to both homes.

At the height of the fire there were 72 firefighters and 31 fire apparatus on scene.

It took firefighters 15 minutes to knock down the fire in both homes.  Within 35 minutes the fire was under control.  It was an hour and 15 minutes before the flames were completely extinguished.

Investigators determined the cause of the explosions were three propane tanks that caught fire and exploded.

The damage to the primary structure was $150,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents. The exposure damage to the home to the west was assessed at $75000 to the structure.

Red Cross was called to assist two adult males  with temporary housing after they were displaced by the fire.

There were no injuries.

Two Alarm Fire Causes $350,000 Damage in University District

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Seattle-At 3:40 a.m.  a Firefighter/Dispatcher at the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting a fire at a house under construction in the 5500 block of 12th Avenue NE in the University District. When firefighters arrived they found flames shooting ten feet from the roof of the under construction town home complex.

The flames had exposed to the roof and attic of a next door boarding house where 8 people lived. The occupants safely evacuated from the burning structure.

With two buildings burning, the incident commander called for a two-alarm fire nearly doubling the amount of resources on the scene.  Due to the heavy flames and with everyone evacuated, the firefighters took a defensive position meaning they fought the fires from the outside.  Eventually firefighters were able to make a transitional attack on the boarding house and fought the fire from the inside. Due to the risk of collapse of the under construction building, a collapse zone was formed around the fire site for the firefighter’s safety.

The fire burned on a nearby power pole causing a low voltage communication line to fall to the ground. Seattle City Light turned off the 110/220 volt power lines serving the building and isolated the damage to its 26,000 volt distribution line, protecting the line and service to an area hospital. About 630 customers were affected by the power outage. City Light crews expected to have power restored by 11 a.m.

The embers from the original fire flew to the roof of a third home on the west side of the burning building. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish those embers.

It took nearly an hour to completely extinguish the flames of the two burning buildings.

Red Cross was called to assist 8 people, 4 adult males and 4 adult females, with temporary housing after being displaced from the fire damaged boarding house.

Investigators are waiting for a building engineer to determine the structural integrity of the under construction townhomes before they can enter the fire scene and determine the cause.

There were no injuries.

 

 

Firefighters rescue trapped woman and cat from burning home

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.

University District Fire Caused by Unattended Candles

April 22- Seattle Fire Investigators determined a basement bedroom fire was accidental caused by unattended candles in a basement bedroom. The damage estimate is $50,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents.

At 11:18 a.m. multiple people called the Fire Alarm Center to report a large column of black smoke coming from the 2-story home with a basement located in the 5500 block of 16th Avenue NE. Engine Company 17 arrived to find 5 people who safely evacuated the home. A search and rescue operation was conducted and no other occupants were found in the house.

It took firefighters approximately 20 minutes from dispatch to completely extinguish the flames. The fire damage was limited to the basement fire unit and surround alcove area. However, the rest of the structure suffered smoke damage.  One deceased cat was found in a second story bedroom.

Medics evaluated 2 patients for minor smoke inhalation but no further treatment was needed.

The Red Cross was called to assist residents with temporary housing. The owner said a total of 7 people live in the home.