A fire on the top floor of a two-story apartment building at 14th and Aloha kept Seattle Fire crews busy early Friday morning in the midst of a torrential downpour.
The fire in the building at 1441 E Aloha was first reported just before 1:10 AM — crews battled the blaze for around a half hour. The building was being inspected for any extensions from the originating fire.
No word on any injuries at this time or how many residents will be displaced on the rainy night. The fire marshal had been called to the scene to investigate the cause. UPDATE: Seattle Fire says there were no injuries and the accidental blaze was caused by “a stove igniting combustible materials left on the stovetop.” Firefighters “contained the flames to the kitchen of the unoccupied apartment unit.” Damage was estimated at $45,000.
The intersection at 15th and Aloha was closed to traffic during the response.
A broken fire hydrant attended to by a city repair crew added to the deluge following the fire.
Branches knock out power
Nearly 600 customers were without power Friday morning after rain-heavy branches fell on power lines near Harvard and Roy. A small fire was initially reported at the location. City Light estimates service will be restored in the area by 11:30 AM. You can monitor the City Light system status here.