Firefighters were able to knock down a fire in an apartment building near Harvard Ave E and Republican late Saturday night before the flames could spread to other units in the building.
SFD was called to The Mulholland apartment building at 507 Harvard Ave E to a report of flames shooting from the building around 10:35 PM. After about 15 minutes of battling the blaze, the fire was declared “tapped” and the work of cleaning up and clearing smoke from the building continued.
No injuries were reported and one resident of the building who also provided amazing photos of the scene tells us even the apartment unit’s feline resident was safely rescued.
The fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the blaze.
UPDATE: Here’s a brief on the fire provided by SFD:
A Seattle Fire Investigator is classifying a fire at a Capitol Hill apartment building as accidental. The cause was determined to be oil overheating in the kitchen.
At 11:35 p.m. a 911 call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting a kitchen fire in the ground unit of a building located in the 500 block of Harvard Avenue East. Engine Company 25 arrived to find flames visible from the basement window of the 3-story brick building. All of the occupants had safely evacuated by the time the firefighters arrived.
Firefighters rescued a cat trapped inside the burning apartment.
Crew made aggressive attack on the flames contained the fire to the single ground floor unit. The fire was knocked down within 8 minutes of firefighters arriving on scene. The fire was completed extinguished within 11 minutes.
Firefighters used large fans to ventilate the smoky apartment. Metro brought in a heated bus to shelter evacuated residents from the cold weather.
The fire investigator determined oil cooking on the stove ignited and spread to the entire kitchen and to an adjacent room. The total damage estimate is $65,000 which includes $15,000 to the contents and $50,000 to the structure.
There were no injuries to the occupants or the firefighters.
Following a spate of hash oil explosions in the area, we asked SFD what the investigator determined was going on in this fire. We’re told it wasn’t hash — but somebody is bummed their doughnut-making experience went awry.
Car vs. pedestrian at Bellevue and Harrison
A male victim was rushed to the hospital early Sunday morning after he was struck by a car near the intersection of Bellevue Ave E and E Harrison.
Seattle Fire was called to the scene in the 400 block of Bellevue Ave E around 1:55 AM. They found the male victim conscious but suffering from head injuries in the collision that left the windshield of the Smart Car that struck him spidered and cracked.
There were no further details available about the circumstances of the crash. A Seattle Police traffic collision investigator was called to the scene as is standard in this type of incident.
Thanks to friendly neighborhood photographer Tim Durkan for his photo and notes about the situation.