Update: Six escape Westwood house fire; electrical cord blamed

February 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, Westwood | 31 Comments

(First two photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
7:45 PM: House-fire call (35th and Cloverdale) drawing the big response right now. More to come.

8 PM: 35th is closed both ways at the fire scene in the 8600 block of 35th SW. Smoke is visible.

8:05 PM: Additional medics were dispatched to the scene; WSB’s Patrick Sand is there and tells us medics can be seen checking out one person so far.

8:10 PM: Medics now checking out two people and trying to determine how many people were in the house. Neighbors tell us it is occupied by “many.” Other neighbors say it was converted to a triplex a while back.

(This photo and next one are by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
8:21 PM: Our crew got an update at the scene. Six people in the house; two were checked out but are not expected to need to be taken to the hospital. The fire is believed to have originated in the basement, though the cause hasn’t been sorted out yet – that’s where the smoke was coming from. 35th SW remains closed from Thistle to Trenton but should be open within an hour or so, authorities believe.

9 PM: Adding photos (including one to replace our original cameraphone picture). Two bearded dragons were rescued from the house, according to this comment from Glenda, who says they and their person need a little help:

The house that burned on 35th & Cloverdale was the home of 2 Bearded Dragons (1 Male / 1 female). Their person got them out, but their set-up is inside & they aren’t allowed to go in for it. If anyone out there has a couple of old glass aquariums & a couple of heat lamps to get them through the night it would be very much appreciated. I’ll watch for responses and give directions.

The Red Cross also has been called in to help the fire victims, according to SFD.

9:12 PM: Southbound 35th SW is opening, per the scanner. Northbound will remain closed TFN.

11:16 PM: Drove by a short time ago to check – 35th is now fully open, and the fire scene is clear. SFD, meantime, has tweeted the fire’s cause: “West Seattle triplex basement fire caused by overheated electrical cord. Damage estimate is $125k to structure, $25k to contents.”


  1. Hearing the sirens. Praying for safety of all.

    Comment by lyndab — 7:49 pm February 26, 2013 #

  2. Scary to see the big medic response. Hope everyone got out okay and is safe!

    Comment by Gabby — 7:53 pm February 26, 2013 #

  3. Some prayers and healers are needed right now.

    Comment by Just One — 7:53 pm February 26, 2013 #

  4. HUGE response… I counted at least 7 fire trucks and just as many medic Vehicles

    Comment by Josh Thompson — 7:55 pm February 26, 2013 #

  5. I live on the corner of 35th and Morgan and there was just a convoy of fire trucks, medics, Battalion Chiefs and Police Cars heading up that way. Not to mention the Fire truck and 2 medic unites that had passed about 5 mins earlier. Sounds BAD!! Hope everyone got out of the house safely, including pets… My thoughts are with the residents and ALL the Responders there fighting the fire… Be safe.

    Another Fire truck just went up the hill as I was trying to post this..

    Comment by ~~HockeyWitch~~ — 7:57 pm February 26, 2013 #

  6. Another Fire Truck and Bat. Chief just went up the street…

    Comment by ~~HockeyWitch~~ — 8:01 pm February 26, 2013 #

  7. The big latter trick just passed me.

    Comment by Tyler — 8:03 pm February 26, 2013 #

  8. I am atheist, so I am just hoping everyone turns out okay. Property can be replaced, but lives cannot.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 8:12 pm February 26, 2013 #

  9. Just a reminder, ANY house fire or business/apt/etc. has a standard-sized initial response (large). No flames visible at scene, but some smoke, and at least two people being checked out, so additional medic response was sent (I believe the standard initial response for a house fire includes one medic unit).

    Comment by WSB — 8:15 pm February 26, 2013 #

  10. One of the Medic units just passed by heading North with lights and sirens…

    Comment by ~~HockeyWitch~~ — 8:16 pm February 26, 2013 #

  11. One of those trucks came from Admiral. I knew I could log on here and find out what was happening. Thanks, WSB. I hope everyone is okay.

    Comment by ChrisW — 8:18 pm February 26, 2013 #

  12. The Chief/commander’s suburban just went speeding off northbound on 35th AWAY from the fire just a few minutes ago… hope everybody is okay / nothing else just started up…

    Comment by Mr Matt — 8:19 pm February 26, 2013 #

  13. The unit that left was probably the medic supervisor unit M44. No serious injuries here, as I’ve added to the story, per our crew (we have two people there) – but there is now an assault-with-weapons call in the northwest section of the city, and M44 is headed that way, per the live 911 log:

    Comment by WSB — 8:28 pm February 26, 2013 #

  14. The house that burned on 35th & Cloverdale was the home of 2 Bearded Dragons (1 Male / 1 female). Their person got them out, but their set-up is inside & they aren’t allowed to go in for it. If anyone out there has a couple of old glass aquariums & a couple of heat lamps to get them through the night it would be very much appreciated. I’ll watch for responses and give directions.

    Comment by Glenda Morgan — 8:40 pm February 26, 2013 #

  15. SO GLAD to hear that only 2 people needed checked out and that they will be ok. Hope the damage isn’t too bad. My apartment building was set on fire several years ago…so very scary!!

    Comment by ~~HockeyWitch~~ — 8:43 pm February 26, 2013 #

  16. Thanks for the info WSB, great coverage as usual.

    Great response by the SFD as well, they are the best.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 8:47 pm February 26, 2013 #

  17. yeah just heard about the shooting on the radio – that explains his lights, sirens and expedient nature. :) So much for “I hope everybody is okay.”

    Comment by Mr Matt — 8:52 pm February 26, 2013 #

  18. Well, everybody at the fire scene will be OK. Shooting update on twitter from SFD:

    Comment by WSB — 8:59 pm February 26, 2013 #

  19. Glenda – thanks for the update. We heard something about pets but couldn’t verify. I will add your quote to the story above.

    Comment by WSB — 8:59 pm February 26, 2013 #

  20. Thanks WSB! I’ll keep watching the blog for a response.

    Comment by Glenda Morgan — 9:10 pm February 26, 2013 #

  21. I am close and have 1 10 gallon glass tank. No heat lamp though.interested?

    Comment by tm — 9:28 pm February 26, 2013 #

  22. I’ll check with them. i came inside to post the request.

    Comment by Glenda Morgan — 9:33 pm February 26, 2013 #

  23. I have a clip on grow lamp but the bulb is dead-also very close.

    Comment by westwood_mom — 9:35 pm February 26, 2013 #

  24. We have the best neighbors ever. Keep our up, folks!!

    Comment by ChrisW — 9:51 pm February 26, 2013 #

  25. I live very close. I have the big read heat lamp bulb–does that make a full set?
    I know it’s late but I’ve set it out on my porch, very prominently, and they’re welcome to come by anytime tonight or tomorrow. 8126 32nd.

    Comment by Kelly — 11:08 pm February 26, 2013 #

  26. Hi everyone I am the female who lives on top floor of this house. Yes got my dragons out and they have a set up now and they are fine. Thank very much to my neighbors for all love and kindness it touched my heart. Will post more soon!

    Comment by Jacki — 3:08 am February 27, 2013 #

  27. Glad to hear it. Thank you for the update. = TR

    Comment by WSB — 6:45 am February 27, 2013 #

  28. Better than too little too late.

    Comment by Rick — 8:21 am February 27, 2013 #

  29. Jacki, we are so glad that your dragons are okay. Please let us know if you need assistance with food or bedding (and where you get such items for dragons). We know that money can be tight after a fire, so want to ensure you don’t need to worry about your ‘kids’.

    Sincerely, The F3 Gang

    Comment by furryfaces — 11:52 am February 27, 2013 #

  30. Quite inspiring seeing the offers of help by fellow neighbors, makes me proud to call West Seattle home.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 4:59 pm February 27, 2013 #

  31. As always, the selfless kindness of Furry Faces amazes me!

    Comment by Ajax — 11:23 pm February 27, 2013 #

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