Seattle Fire fights apartment blaze in new development above Capitol Hill Station

Seattle Fire responded Sunday afternoon to an apartment fire in the newly opened mixed-use developments above Capitol Hill Station.

There were no reported injuries.

The fire reported just before 12:30 PM at the address of the development’s Ander South building adjacent Cal Anderson Park scorched a second floor unit in the project and filled the building with smoke, according to Seattle Fire updates. Continue reading

One dead in 18th Ave house fire — UPDATE

Thanks to @tygraham for the picture from the scene

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. Continue reading

No injuries reported as fire scorches 11th and John apartment building

A fire burned an apartment unit and did heavy damage to the Case Verde Apartments building at 11th and John on Capitol Hill late Wednesday night.

Seattle Fire said there were no reported injuries. Continue reading

‘Fully involved’ fire chars 12th/John squatter house for second time in week

Nobody was injured in what Seattle Fire called a “fully involved” house fire in the 100 block of 12th Ave E early Saturday morning just after 5 AM.

For the second time in a week, firefighters were called to fight flames inside a boarded-up home at 12th and John used by squatters and drug users to get out of the cold Seattle nights. This time, however, the entire home burned.

The structure — one of three boarded and empty of legal residents — at the corner is set to be demolished to make way for a new microhousing project. It still stands but with charred walls on both of its floors.

Wednesday morning, Station 25 firefighters were called to the same house to fight a fire in the basement. That blaze was found to be an accident, most likely caused by “improperly discarded smoking material.”

The location has generated repeated calls to police to report trespassers and people camping inside the structures. Permits for demolition have been filed but not yet issued.

UPDATE 11:45 AM: Seattle Fire remains on the scene:

Seattle Fire squelches basement blaze in 12th/John squatter house

One of a set of buildings on the southwest corner of 12th and John destined for development but currently sitting in particleboard limbo caught fire Wednesday morning prompting a fast, large response from Capitol Hill’s Station 25.

Smoke was first reported coming from the building around 9:18 AM. Seattle Fire arrived to find smoke and flames in the basement of the multi-story building covered with boarded windows and graffiti tags. The first sweeps of the building found no victims and the stubborn fire was reported completely out around 40 minutes later.

Screen-Shot-2014-08-12-at-10.28.20-PM-600x236The 12th Ave structure is one of three at the corner lined up to be replaced by a new 50-unit microhousing development from prolific firm b9 that have been boarded for months. Seattle Police have been called to the corner regularly to reports of trespassers and squatters inside the buildings. Permits for demolition of the buildings moved forward late in 2015 but have not yet been issued by the city.

UPDATE 1/7/2016: A Seattle Fire spokesperson tells CHS that Wednesday’s fire has been ruled accidental and was likely caused by discarded smoking material. There were no reported injuries. The spokesperson said that damages were estimated at $1 — the procedural amount utilized for structures that are planned to be demolished.

Residents injured in Boylston apartment building fire

(Image: @lazeruskennon via Twitter)

(Image: @lazeruskennon via Twitter)

Five people were reported injured in an early evening fire in the Boylston Hotel apartment building.

The 39-unit boarding house style building between Pike and Pine on Boylston was reported burning around 5:40 PM Monday.

A Seattle Fire response was underway and firefighters had the first floor portion of the blaze in the three-story building under control within 20 minutes. The fire was reported fully “tapped” at 6:30 PM. Meanwhile, searches of the building’s interiors continued.

Seattle Fire reported that one person was transported to Harborview but other patients were being evaluated for smoke inhalation at the scene. A second person was also transported in serious condition while two more were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. According to Seattle Fire, at least one person was injured jumping from the burning building. In all, five people were transported to the hospital from the scene with burn, smoke, and fall injuries, according to SFD. Earlier in the evening, SFD reported there were six injured but one person transported was only accompanying the patients, according to Seattle Fire radio updates.

The Seattle Fire Marshal was dispatched to investigate the cause of the blaze.

Nearly 50 SFD units were deployed to fight the blaze and care for people injured in the fire as smoke spread across lower Pike/Pine.

Both directions of Pine near the scene were closed while the westbound lane of Pike was closed to traffic during the response.

Smoke was seen rising in the area behind the massive construction site for the redevelopment of the former home of the Pike Mercedes dealership. The developer of the 600 Pike building bought appears to have purchased an easement of the Boylston Hotel for $40,000 in March, 2014 according to King County records as part of a multiple-parcel string of purchases that spring in preparation for construction of the Pike project.

The building offers weekly rates and no deposit rentals and has been available as sex offender housing according to local crisis clinic resources.

The Red Cross was called in to assist with helping residents displaced by the fire.

UPDATE 9/8/2015 12:03 PM: Seattle Fire reports that the marshal’s investigation has determined Monday’s fire was an accident caused by electrical wiring. Residents remain displaced from the building due to fire and water damage. The estimate for damage to the building is $73,000:

Seattle Fire Investigators determined that yesterday’s two-alarm fire in an apartment building at 1517 Boylston Avenue was caused by an electrical malfunction in a refrigerator. The damage is estimated at $73-thousand to the contents and the building.

Black smoke and flames were reported coming from a first floor unit at 5:41 Monday afternoon. Due to the amount of fire and the number of injuries, additional firefighters were called to the incident. Five residents were transported to Harborview Medical Center. Four residents suffered smoke inhalation and another suffered a leg fracture after jumping from a third story window on to the roof of an adjacent building. None of the injuries are considered life threatening.

A total of 45 people were displaced from the building. Red Cross is providing assistance with temporary housing.

(Images: @kneehighstockco)

SFD battles stubborn 14th/Aloha apartment fire on rain-soaked night — UPDATE

Engines block E Aloha as firefighters inspect the roof of the building (Image: CHS)

Engines block E Aloha as firefighters inspect the roof of the building (Image: CHS)

A fire on the top floor of a two-story apartment building at 14th and Aloha kept Seattle Fire crews busy early Friday morning in the midst of a torrential downpour.

The fire in the building at 1441 E Aloha was first reported just before 1:10 AM — crews battled the blaze for around a half hour. The building was being inspected for any extensions from the originating fire.

No word on any injuries at this time or how many residents will be displaced on the rainy night. The fire marshal had been called to the scene to investigate the cause. UPDATE: Seattle Fire says there were no injuries and the accidental blaze was caused by “a stove igniting combustible materials left on the stovetop.” Firefighters “contained the flames to the kitchen of the unoccupied apartment unit.” Damage was estimated at $45,000.

The intersection at 15th and Aloha was closed to traffic during the response.

A broken fire hydrant attended to by a city repair crew added to the deluge following the fire.

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Nearly 600 customers were without power Friday morning after rain-heavy branches fell on power lines near Harvard and Roy. A small fire was initially reported at the location. City Light estimates service will be restored in the area by 11:30 AM. You can monitor the City Light system status here.Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 9.12.07 AM

SFD deals with fire in Summit Ave E apartment building

A fire inside a small Summit Ave E apartment building was handled with speed by the Seattle Fire Department just around midnight Thursday morning.

We’re still confirming details from SFD but photographer Tim Durkan shared an image from the scene in the 400 block of Summit Ave E and a brief update from the fire first reported around 11:45 PM.Screen Shot 2013-08-29 at 7.16.04 AM

We’re checking on any injuries and information on a cause and will update when we learn more.

UPDATE: From Seattle Fire —

At 11:45 p.m., firefighters were called to the 400 block of Summit Avenue East to a second floor apartment. The occupant of the apartment told dispatchers that she could smell smoke from the electrical outlet and then saw flames in the wall.  Capitol Hill Engine Company 25 arrived first and found flames coming from the wall of the unit.

Crew extinguished the fire within 2 minutes of arriving on scene. Firefighters dug up the wall and doused the flames with water from a 5 gallon water extinguisher called a pump can. A thermal imaging camera did not pick up any signs of heat inside the walls.

Power was turned off to the apartment.

There were no injuries.

Smoky fire damages North Capitol Hill home

IMG_0008Seattle Fire raced to the scene of a Sunday afternoon house fire on 11th Ave E near Seattle Preparatory School.

The single family home was spewing yellowish gray smoke in the callout just before 3:45 PM as firefighters arrived at the scene and went to work to extinguish the blaze inside. Less than 10 minutes later, fire units reported the fire was knocked down.IMG_0034

There appeared to be no injuries related to the fire. The fire marshall was at the scene to investigate and determine a cause and damage estimate. The home’s pets still being searched for following the response. UPDATE: Seattle Fire says no update on cause yet but that the fire did $100,000 in damage.

The three-bedroom home in one of the more expensive areas of the Hill is worth around $700,000 according to real estate estimate web sites.