Lessons from Seattle Fire: Where you should never stick your butt and why you don’t park in front of a hydrant on Capitol Hill

A Sunday afternoon fire scorched the inside of a Summit Ave apartment building and provided a valuable life lesson: Never park in front of a fire hydrant on Capitol Hill.

“It’s a life safety concern, and we will take measures necessary to be able to connect to the closest hydrant,” Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Kristin Tinsley tells CHS. “Additionally, vehicle owners can be cited by SPD for a parking violation for parking in front of a hydrant.”

Sunday’s fire in the 1700 block building was caused by an electrical malfunction in the range control panel and did $42,500, Seattle Fire says. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries and the fire was quickly brought under control and contained before it spread. But a photo taken by neighborhood resident Chase Burns of The Stranger of the firefighter response has spread far and wide.

It turns out, firefighters really will bust your windows and run a hose through your vehicle if you park in front of a hydrant. Continue reading

Seattle Fire busy with 13th Ave E apartment building blaze, encampment fires

Seattle Fire’s Station 25 continues to be busy this spring with an overnight response to a 13th Ave E apartment building fire and a fully involved encampment fire Tuesday morning near Melrose and Roy above I-5.

Seattle Fire says there were no injuries in Monday night’s fire reported at the 13th Ave E address of the three-story Raphael Court Apartments just before 11 PM. UPDATE: SFD says the fire was accidental and started from overheated electrical in the bathroom ceiling. Total estimated loss is $35,000.

Tuesday morning, a pillar of black smoke could be seen rising from the area of a burning encampment at Melrose and Roy. Seattle Fire responded and was attempting to knock down the blaze burning the camp. There were also no immediate reported injuries.

Late Monday, meanwhile, a brush fire at an encampment burned an area of Tashkent Park along Boylston Ave E. There were no reported injuries.


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Arson fire singes Capitol Hill apartment building under construction

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Seattle Police are investigating after a fire was intentionally set inside a four-story apartment building under construction near 10th and Roy Monday night.

Seattle Fire says its investigators ruled the just before 10:30 PM fire incendiary and say it was set intentionally in the interior of the building under construction just north of where Broadway jogs to become 10th Ave E.

SFD was able to knock down the flames but not before an estimated $4,000 in damage to the structure. Continue reading

Police search for suspect after arson fire damages emptied First Hill restaurant

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A recently vacated First Hill restaurant suffered an estimated $21,000 in damage after a man suspected of another recent fire was seen breaking the building’s glass and setting it on fire late Friday night.

Seattle Police say they are continuing to search for the arson suspect they believe was contacted earlier by officers for an unrelated reckless burn.

Friday night’s just before 10 PM fire burned the front area of the restaurant space previously home to Little Neon Taco on Boren just off E Madison. Seattle Fire says investigators determined the fire was intentionally set and ruled it “incendiary.” Damage included combustibles in the front window space of the restaurant. Continue reading

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.

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