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.

West Seattle Playground Fire Causes 50 Thousand Dollars in Damage

June 26—Seattle Fire Investigators have classified an overnight fire at a West Seattle playground as undetermined because there was no obvious source of ignition.

At 1:19 a.m. a call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting a fire coming from the back of a school located in the 5000 block of SW Spokane Street. The first arriving engine company found flames coming from a playground area. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire which was confined to the wood chips. The heat and flames also melted and damaged the metal and plastic playground equipment. The damage estimate is $50,000.

Cause of Arbor Heights Fire Classified as Undetermined


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


Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      April 29—Seattle Fire Investigators are classifying a fire at an Arbor Heights home as undetermined. Due the extensive damage to the structure and the danger of the building collapsing, investigators were not able to go inside the home to collect evidence.

At 7:38 p.m. the first 911 call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames coming from a home in the 10000 block of 39th Avenue SW.  The first arriving engine crew found a heavy column of black smoke and flames shooting from the one-story home with basement. Immediately the firefighters took a defensive stance and fought the fire from the outside of the structure.

Flames were shooting from the north and south sides of the home exposing to the neighboring homes. As a precaution, firefighters evacuated both homes of the occupants including one paraplegic resident. Due to their quick work, crews were able to protect the neighboring structures from the fire.

When firefighters arrived the two occupants of the fire home were outside. The female occupant escaped first. A neighbor rescued the male occupant by opening the front door and pulling him outside to safety. Medics transported the male, a man in his 70’s, to Harborview Medical Center with burns to his head and with smoke inhalation. He was in stable condition. AMR transported the female resident, also in her 70’s, to Harborview Medical Center with smoke inhalation. She also was in stable condition.

As of the morning of Wednesday April 30, both residents remain hospitalized and fire investigators have been unable to speak to them regarding the fire investigation.

It took fire crews about 30 minutes from arriving to control the fire. The majority of damage was to the basement, garage and back deck. Fire investigators determined the house is a total loss.

Firefighters stayed on scene all throughout the night on a Fire Watch to make sure no hot spots flared up.

The damage estimate is $350,000 to the structure and $100,000 in damage to the contents.