Man who died in 21st and Denny fire identified

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The man who died in a fire inside a boarded-up building near 21st and Denny last week has been identified.

The King County Medical Examiner’s office says Benjamin Bess, 23, died of smoke inhalation in what investigators determined was an accidental fire that started inside the squat house.

CHS reported here on the deadly Wednesday night, December 2nd fire in the fenced-off structure near new development in the area of 21st Ave E. Continue reading

One person critically injured in 21st and Denny fire — UPDATE

At least one person was reported injured in a fire in a building at 21st and E Denny Wednesday night.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene at 2112 E Denny Way just after 7 PM to reports of smoke coming from the structure. The address is the location of the Avant Apartments, a six-story building that opened to residents in 2019. UPDATE: SFD reports the fire was in a boarded up structure next to the apartments:

As crews from Engine 25 and 34 worked on getting water on the fire, Ladder 10 company located an unresponsive adult male in a room adjacent to the fire room. Unable to safely access the occupant from within the home, Ladder 10 sawed a hole into the room to quickly rescue him. The patient is an approx. 40 year old male who was found in critical condition. Paramedics performed lifesaving efforts and transported him to Harborview Medical Center. Crews performed additional searches to confirm no other occupants were found inside the home.

Seattle Fire said its firefighters were responding to the blaze. According to SFD radio updates, one injured person was removed from the fire scene. Seattle Fire says its crews rescued an adult male in critical condition and paramedics were attempting lifesaving efforts.No additional occupants were found inside.

Streets in the area were closed to traffic during the response.

UPDATE 12/3/2020: The Medical Examiner confirms the victim rescued from the fire has died. No cause of death or identification of the victim has yet been released. Seattle Police say the death was not suspicious.

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