Flames and smoke were reported around 10:10 AM coming from a fifth floor unit of The Meritage building at 124 Bellevue Ave E just below The Biltmore apartments.
SFD units filled the streets around Bellevue Ave E and E Loretta Pl as media helicopters hovered above during the brief response. The fire was declared “tapped” about 20 minutes after the initial dispatches.
There were no reported injuries.
The subsequent clean-up of the unit where the fire began and neighboring units damaged by smoke and water required what was expected to be a long stay by SFD units on the scene. Bellevue Ave E in the area remained closed for traffic as the clean-up continued.
UPDATE: A building resident posted this picture from the scene:
Per SFD this mattress was leaned up against stove, fell over and ignited gas stove in the process pic.twitter.com/7SuKumJAUG
— Kevin B (@kevinseattle) July 30, 2014