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Explosions reported as fire scorches St. Mark’s greenbelt

Flames burned below St. Mark’s Cathedral Wednesday night as Seattle Fire battled a stubborn brush fire in the nearby greenbelt on the western edge of Capitol Hill above I-5.

Seattle Fire units were called to the scene along the 1300 block of Lakeview Ave E just after 8:30 PM as the fire spread and explosions were reported at an encampment in the brushy area.

The long response continued as firefighters struggled to control the spreading fire on the steep slope below 10th Ave E.

We do not have information on any reported injuries and the fire was reported mostly well away from the church. UPDATE: SFD reports that nobody was found in a preliminary search of the area of the fire.

Seattle Fire was still working to control the blaze nearly 45 minutes after arriving at the scene.


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RWK
RWK
10 days ago

This is yet another reason to not allow homeless encampments in our parks and greenbelts. No doubt the explosions were from ignited propane tanks used by campers.

slider292
slider292
10 days ago

The foot of that slope is lined with RVs/camping vehicles, and the adjacent greenspace is full of tents. No mystery what happened here.

Zach
Zach
10 days ago
Reply to  slider292

Actually it has not been established what happened here specifically. In general, there are house fires all the time (such as the one on 18th earlier this week). Houseless people don’t have houses. So fires related to their activity or fuel sources or cigarettes or by accident or what not happen outside. I don’t think houseless people can exactly afford fire extinguishers for example or perfect setups/campsites. Yet they still need to have a place to live and sleep. I don’t hear the bemoaning and blaming of the victim in the 18th house fire. Nor in your comment do I hear empathy for the houseless people further displaced and still unknown if any were injured or killed by this. There are also environmentally based or people started wildfires that destroy everything for which we are culpable due to not enough action on climate change. So I really react negatively to myopic, selective, oversimplification of complex issues at the expense of people’s challenges for which we are all culpable. While I’m not religious, consider St. Marks has been highly empathetic to the houseless population and would not appreciate the stigmatization. I’m sure they’re leaders are focused on human life aspect.

Edward
Edward
10 days ago
Reply to  Zach

If you’d listened to the scanner last night you would have realized what a difficult time they had getting water to the site. If this had happened in late summer when everything is dry, it could have taken out the whole green belt and surrounding buildings.

This is not at all the same as a house fire, where there is a fire hydrant on every block.

Edward Everett
Edward Everett
10 days ago
Reply to  Zach

The 18th street house fire is still under investigation. The man who lived there was found dead. So no one to blame, yet.
We had a lovely fire across from Trader Joe’s because the lady living in a tent was cooking her drugs.

mixtefeelings
mixtefeelings
9 days ago
Reply to  Edward Everett

Citation please.

Edward Everett
Edward Everett
8 days ago
Reply to  mixtefeelings

Check the fire runs about 3 weeks ago on Madison and 17th green belt for the tent fire. And the house fire article is on here after this one.

Mimi
Mimi
10 days ago
Reply to  Zach

Stop minimizing and denying the negative impact certain homeless encampments are having on our community. Those of us who are concerned also have empathy and don’t need lectures from the “woke” crowd. Also, ffs, there is nothing wrong with the world homeless.

slider292
slider292
10 days ago
Reply to  Zach

Nothing in my post suggests I lack empathy, Zach.

Tom
Tom
10 days ago
Reply to  Zach

Zach, don’t mind the “moderates.” If they don’t like it, they can move to Bellevue. Oh wait, even there are homeless across the lake.

RWK
RWK
9 days ago
Reply to  Zach

“I don’t hear the bemoaning and blaming of the victim in the 18th house fire.”

The difference is that the house fire was on private land, whereas the fire in the greenbelt was the result of illegal activity (camping by homeless people) on public land. Therefore, no illegal activity = no fire.

Caphiller
Caphiller
10 days ago

How many more of these fires before we see tragic loss of life or destruction of property?

Zane
Zane
10 days ago
Reply to  Caphiller

Are we to understand the loss to date is not tragic?

CH Resident
CH Resident
10 days ago

No matter how one feels about the homeless camps (to be clear, I am NOT a fan of the encampments), this is just sad. I can’t imagine the terror and loss of the people affected by the fire and I really hope no one reading about this event ever has to experience it.

slider292
slider292
9 days ago
Reply to  CH Resident

Absolutely.