E John was closed near 15th and 12th Friday morning as crews cleaned up after an overnight fire in a single family home long used as a bed and breakfast slated for demolition to make way for a new apartment development.
Seattle Fire was called to the “fully involved” fire in the two-story structure in the 1100 block of E John just before 3 AM. According to radio dispatches, the fire on the first floor of the house was under control in under 10 minutes but crews continued to battle flames and search for hot spots upstairs and on the exterior of the building. The Seattle Fire Marshal was called out to investigate the cause of the blaze. The house is currently supposed to be vacant. A search of the house found no victims inside.
A set of old twin houses at the address are slated to be torn down to make way for a new building with 47 “small & efficient residential units.”
As of 6:10 AM, units were clearing the scene and streets were beginning to reopen in the area.
UPDATE 3:00 PM: Seattle Fire says the SPD arson and bomb squad has taken over the investigation —
An early morning house fire at a vacant Capitol Hill house remains under investigation. The case has been turned over to Seattle Police Department Arson Bomb Squad for further investigation.
At 2:47 a.m. a 911 call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting a fire inside the two-story home located in the 1100 block of East John Street. Engine Company 25 arrived to find a well involved fire inside several rooms of the vacant house with basement. Firefighters searched the residence and did not find anyone inside.
It appears the fire started on the first floor and extended up to the second floor. Firefighters controlled the fire within 10 minutes. It took 35 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.
Medics transported one firefighter, who was not involved in fighting to fire, to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition where he was evaluated and released.