Update: Westwood apartment fire blamed on electrical short

September 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, Westwood | 6 Comments

1:16 PM: Seattle Fire has sent a “full response” – multiple engines and trucks, medic unit, etc. – to a fire reported in the 8600 block of 25th SW (map). The first crews to arrive saw smoke. We have a crew on the way.

1:21 PM: Via scanner, we’re hearing crews report they’re putting water on this fire through a hole they cut in the roof. The fire is just about two blocks south of the Chief Sealth International High School/Denny International Middle School campus. It doesn’t sound like a major fire, though – they’re canceling some of the units.

1:34 PM: Just talked with the incident commander on scene. This was a second-floor apartment, nobody home, no injuries. They’re still checking the extent of damage, and investigating the cause. (added) The fire was between the rafters and the roof, and SFD says the unit itself was the only one involved, and was not heavily damaged.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: We checked back with SFD re: the cause and damage, and spokesperson Kyle Moore provided this info: “A Seattle Fire Investigator determined the cause of the fire as an electrical short in the attic. The damage estimate is $14,000 to the structure and $1,000 to the contents.”


  1. What’s the cross street? I’m at 28 and thistle

    Comment by Jordan — 1:21 pm September 15, 2011 #

  2. Cloverdale.

    Comment by WSB — 1:26 pm September 15, 2011 #

  3. Working on 24th and thistle, came out and smelled burning plastic.

    Comment by Alki — 1:30 pm September 15, 2011 #

  4. I

    Comment by buffalo — 1:33 pm September 15, 2011 #

  5. Four battalions and one ambulance was going fast over bridge heading west,not sure why I couldnt see anything on realtime 911.

    Comment by Alki resident — 1:40 pm September 15, 2011 #

  6. It was on 25th & Cloverdale.
    I live right across the street so it was kinda scary hearing the fire dept yelling that they were turning on the water.
    There wasn’t too much smoke & it got put out pretty quickly.

    Comment by Jenna — 3:48 pm September 15, 2011 #

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