Update: Garage fire on Marine View Drive, no injuries

August 23, 2012 at 4:20 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

4:20 AM: Big response to 11200 block of Marine View Drive. Via the scanner, crews are saying it’s a “small fire in the garage” of a home.

4:45 AM: Added photo from our crew at the scene. Over the radio, the fire has been called as “tapped.” No report of injuries so far.

4:59 AM: According to SFD spokesperson Lt. Sue Stangl at the scene, the smoke detector went off, awakening the homeowner, who called 911 and got everybody out safely. They don’t know yet what caused the fire, but she confirmed it was contained to the garage – lots of smoke, not a lot of flames. We’ll follow up later, after investigators have had a chance to figure out how it started.

5:28 AM: They figured it out fast. Lt. Stangl just tweeted that the fire has been ruled “accidental/electrical.”


  1. Huge response for garage fire. I’d say twenty vehicles rolled by heading south on 35th.

    Comment by Tyler — 4:24 am August 23, 2012 #

  2. Was wondering about all the sirens. Which side of Marine View Dr? Facing the water or on the Eastside?

    Comment by Michael — 4:28 am August 23, 2012 #

  3. Tyler – There is always a standard large response for a fire in a home or other potentially occupied structure. Then once they get there and figure out what’s going on, they can cancel units. (Edit – This was explained by a knowledgeable source in another recent comment thread, if anyone is interested – http://westseattleblog.com/2012/08/alki-fire-no-one-hurt/comment-page-1#comment-899053 )
    Michael – Don’t know, we’re still en route. The currently dispatched address is on the 911 log (I don’t write the exact address into copy because sometimes it changes from the initial dispatch): http://www2.cityofseattle.net/fire/realTime911/getRecsForDatePub.asp?action=Today&incDate=&rad1=des

    Comment by WSB — 4:33 am August 23, 2012 #

  4. That’s very close to where I used to live. Hope everyone’s ok.

    Comment by Michael — 4:37 am August 23, 2012 #

  5. Water side. I walked up but turned around when a neighbor said it started in the garage. I was concerned that stored items would explode. Strong smoke smell.

    Comment by Gini — 4:39 am August 23, 2012 #

  6. I understand that all the nine loud fire trucks and medic just for small fire in the garage !!!!!!!!

    Comment by abraham — 4:41 am August 23, 2012 #

  7. Water side.

    Comment by Bianca — 4:42 am August 23, 2012 #

  8. A large response makes total sense. By now the bluff is tinder dry. Could have been a conflagration.

    What I want to know is HOW the hydrants worked. I see they ran hose uphill from a south hydrant for about 1000 feet.

    Tracy, can you get an assessment from SFD? Neighbors want to know.

    Comment by Ocean View — 11:23 am August 23, 2012 #

  9. It wasn’t that long ago we had a HUGE fire at 108th that seriously injured the resident. I hope he ended up okay…

    Comment by Ocean View — 11:24 am August 23, 2012 #

  10. WSB,
    Rumor around the neighborhood is that there were so many SFD trucks because they could not get enough water pressure from the fire hydrants. Tracy can you respond to this? The hydrant at MVD and Ocean View Drive is coverd with red plastic. What does this mean?

    Comment by Ferryboat — 7:09 pm August 26, 2012 #

  11. No, there was no second alarm on this. They sent the usual number of units (as referred to above) that they send to any “single-family residence” fire. Here’s the log. People really HAVE TO understand that ANY house fire or apartment fire or business fire call will get a huge initial callout – then they start peeling back when they get there and see “oh, not as big a deal.” Regarding the plastic, don’t know. Will ping my SPU contact.

    (log from the morning of the fire. standard callout).

    Comment by WSB — 12:54 pm August 27, 2012 #

  12. From SPU re: the hydrant: “SPU was contacted by the Seattle Fire Department on Thursday evening, August 23, that a hydrant located at 11404 Marine View Drive South was not working. SFD would have placed a bag over the hydrant to indicate it was out of service. It is likely that it got damaged while in use last week. SPU’s hydrant crews are scheduled to service/repair the hydrant tomorrow (8/28).”

    Comment by WSB — 3:52 pm August 27, 2012 #

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