South Seattle Vacant House Fire Cause Remains Undetermined

Photo courtesy Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo courtesy Fire Buff John Odegard

July 10–Fire investigators are classifying the cause of an early morning fire at a vacant house in the Rainier Valley as  undetermined.

At 3:17 a.m. a 911 caller reported smoke and flames coming from a vacant home located next door. When firefighters arrived they found flames shooting from every floor of a home located in the 7500 block of Renton Avenue South. Realizing the home was vacant, the firefighters took a defensive position, fighting the fire from the outside. In additional to multiple hose lines from engine companies a ladder pipe capable of pumping 1500 gallons a minute was used to extinguish the fire. With flames exposing to both a home to the North and an apartment complex to the South, firefighters set up hose lines to protect the neighboring structures. The home to the North was evacuated as a precaution. Firefighters prevented the flames from damaging the neighboring structures.

Within 20 minutes fire crews had the fire under control. It took 30 minutes to knock down the fire and 40 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

Due to the extensive damage and risk of collapse of the recently sold vacant home, fire investigators were not able to go inside the structure to determine a cause.

The damage estimate is zero dollars due to the fact the abandoned home was set for demolition.

There were no injuries.