One person was found dead as firefighters battled an early evening fire in a house near 18th and Madison Wednesday.
Seattle Fire confirmed a person was found dead inside the two-story house as crews continued to battle the blaze first reported in the 1600 block of 18th Ave just before 5:30 PM.
Neighbors reported a non-ambulatory elderly male lived at the residence with pets.
UPDATE: A neighbor tells CHS that a witness reports cat Max and dog Vincent were able to escape and are being cared for.
The quickly spreading fire next to the Polish Home was reported under control just before 6 PM.
Investigators were called to the scene to determine what caused the deadly fire.
UPDATE 4/8/2021 9:17 AM: According to police, the initial investigation has determined that the fire was started accidentally. UPDATE x2: SFD says investigators determined the fire was “likely caused by a portable space heater placed too close to combustible materials.” “For safety, we recommend placing portable heaters at least 3 feet away from all combustible materials such as curtains, blankets and furniture,” the SFD update reads.
E Madison was closed to traffic during the response.
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