Smoke and flames were visible from a 7,000 square foot home at 16th Ave E and Aloha in a Tuesday afternoon attic blaze that spread and shot through the roof of a historic 107-year-old Capitol Hill mansion.
The fight carried on for
nearly more than an hour as firefighters attempted to bring the attic and roof flames from the three story house under control. One firefighter was reported injured in the response. No other injuries have been reported.
The 16th and Aloha structure is “an urban housing cooperative” known as the PRAG House. We do not know how many residents are living in the house at this time. Records show the building to have 13 bedrooms. The structure was undergoing a partial renovation and scaffolding could be seen set up on the south side of the building. UPDATE: Seattle Fire reports that the Red Cross is assisting with finding shelter for 13 residents — and a dog — who were living in the house.
Seattle Fire units responded to the two-alarm incident in the 700 block of 16th Ave E around 12:15 PM and began battling the fire. Firefighters were still working to control the blaze some 90 minutes after the first reports of smoke and flames. The fire was declared “tapped” just after 2 PM. Nearly 100 firefighters responded to aid in the incident.
The fire marshal was called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire and provide a damage estimate. UPDATE: SFD says a worker operating a grinder accidentally sparked the fire. The flame, smoke and water caused an estimated $1.25 million in damage. We’ve reached out to the Evergreen Land Trust to find out if there are ways for the community to pitch in and help in the recovery.