Blotter | E Spruce fire, Broadway gunshots, drugged drink incident update

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  • 12th/Spruce fire: A vacant home slated for demolition was fully engulfed in flames and the fire had spread to a nearby structure as Seattle Fire responded to the scene near 12th and Spruce just after midnight early Monday morning. SFD received multiple reports of a two and a half story house in the 1200 block of E Spruce burning and threatening a neighboring building around 12:08 AM. Arriving units found a wall of flames and began to battle to bring the blaze under control. Callers reported that the property was derelict but may have been occupied by squatters, according to Seattle Fire radio dispatches. It took more than 45 minutes to bring the fires under control. A search of the properties revealed no victims. The fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate what caused the blaze. The house at the center of the blaze was acquired by Hardy Development Company in 2014 and is currently undergoing permitting for demolition. UPDATE: Seattle Fire reports that the fire that began in an adjacent shed most likely originated on a mattress and there were signs of “homeless activity” in the shed and the house. The fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to the vacant home.
  • Broadway gunshots: Seattle Police and several people on the streets of Capitol Hill reported multiple gunshots early Sunday morning. 911 callers and SPD officers reported anywhere from three to six shots somewhere to the southwest of Broadway and Madison. There were no reports of injuries or damage and no immediate reports of officers locating shell casings or other evidence to pinpoint the gunfire.
  • Drink drugging update: The owner of a Capitol Hill bar where two men suffered drug overdoses says she has spoken with one of the victims about the likelihood they were targeted at a party earlier in the night at not at her bar. Barbie Roberts, owner at Purr, said nightlife patrons should still be vigilant and keep a close eye on their drinks. We’ve posted an update and a message from Roberts on our report on the incident.
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