Under-Construction Capitol Hill Apartment Complex Fire Caused by Smoking Materials


June 13—Seattle Fire Investigators determined a fire at an under-construction Capitol Hill Apartment Building was accidental, caused by improperly extinguished smoking materials in a Porta-Potty on the top of the roof.

The first 911 call came in at 3 a.m. to firefighter/dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center. The caller reported black smoke coming from the roof of the construction site located in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue. The fire arriving Engine Company found flames shooting from the roof of the building. Ladder Company 10 raised its aerial ladder and was able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Investigators determined the fire caused damage to a section of the roof and the surrounding wood. The damage estimate is $10,000.

There were no reported injuries.