Update: Electrical fire damages home in North Admiral

February 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

(UPDATED Wednesday morning with fire’s cause)

(Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
4:22 PM: Fire crews are in the 1700 block of 46th SW in North Admiral on a house-fire call. First units on scene say it’s a possible wall fire in the back of the house.

ADDED 4:31 PM: We have a crew on scene who says some smoke is visible. Per scanner, fire crews have isolated the fire to “the electrical panel area” in the house.

4:38 PM UPDATE: Added a photo. Some units are being dismissed from the scene, as the relatively small fire is in check.

(Photo by Craig Baerwaldt)
No injuries reported.

4:51 PM UPDATE: WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand talked with firefighters at the scene. A resident was home when this happened and has been going through the house with fire crews to check everything else. SFD’s investigator is on the way to doublecheck/verify the cause.

UPDATED WEDNESDAY MORNING, 10:12 AM: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore verifies: “The cause of the fire was … a malfunction at the electrical panel. The fire extended to an interior wall. The estimated loss is $25,000.”

7 Comments

  1. Great coverage, as usual!

    Comment by Silver in Ballard — 4:45 pm February 19, 2013 #

  2. Just as I wondered what all the sirens were about, WSB had the info. Thanks for keeping us informed!

    Comment by Pat — 4:47 pm February 19, 2013 #

  3. Looking out the upstairs window toward the alley as the sirens were headed this way, I thought I saw low to the ground fireworks…sounds like I saw the sparks. Hope no serious injuries.

    Comment by PDH — 4:48 pm February 19, 2013 #

  4. Small fire big responds It sounded like there must’ve been a half dozen units headed that way.
    Now I see the ladder truck ; ambulance &another fire engine all headed back down over the West Seattle Bridge

    Comment by Ted — 5:18 pm February 19, 2013 #

  5. “Small fire big response. It sounded like there must’ve been a half dozen units headed that way”.
    .
    A standard (always the same) response is dispatched for a reported fire in a building. The intent is to provide adequate resources to mitigate the reported incident, which may be less severe, or much worse, than what the 911 caller is reporting.
    .
    Adequate resources ensure the ability to rapidly: evaluate the extent of the incident, deploy attack & backup hoselines, force entry if necessary, complete search & rescue in the affected fire area, secure a water supply from a fire hydrant (rather than just the fire engine’s tank water), prevent fire extension to other rooms/floors/adjacent buildings, and provide medical care to injured civilians or fire fighters.
    .
    Until the fire department dispatchers have access to cameras covering every part of the city, and can size up fires remotely, reported fire problems will receive a standard response based upon the size of the building.

    Comment by ltfd — 7:00 pm February 19, 2013 #

  6. LTFD, for what it’s worth, I’ve always dreamed of a 911 system where callers can text photos of an incident scene to dispatch so they can appropriately allocate resources, and first responders can better prepare for the scene they are about to arrive on.

    Comment by Morgan Junction Mom — 9:19 pm February 19, 2013 #

  7. Thanks to our Fire Dept, big or small dispatch! I know if we personally experienced something similar that all appropriate sized equip would be sent to contain and prevent damage to us and neighbors.

    I know we all saw a lot of resources fielded today…, but it seems to make sense for overall good… Yes I know we all pay for, but we all benefit!!. Better to contain in one home than to spread to multiple!

    Thanks Fire Dept!

    Comment by PDH — 10:23 pm February 19, 2013 #

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