Update: Dryer fire evacuates assisted-living facility on 16th SW

October 7, 2013 at 8:19 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

8:19 AM: In case you’ve seen/heard the big fire response in the 8400 block of 16th SW – first crews on scene say it’s a dryer fire and “has not extended,” meaning it hasn’t spread further, so they’re canceling some of the units.

8:24 AM: What units remain on the call are still affecting traffic on 16th – which is busier than usual because of the repaving work on nearby Delridge – so avoid the area for a while.

9:55 AM: SFD has published an update on the fire, including identifying the location as an assisted-living facility whose residents were evacuated as a precaution:

The first 911 call came into firefighter/dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center at 8:08 a.m. reporting smoke coming from the back of the one-story complex located in the 8400 block of 16th Avenue SW. Engine Company 11 arrived to find the staff had already evacuated the residents from the facility.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a dryer in the basement of the building. The fire was tapped within 4 minutes of firefighter arriving on scene. The damage was limited to the basement area.

The building had several fire protection systems in place including a sprinkler system and a fire alarm system which sounded allowing for the safe evacuation of the facility. There were no injuries.


  1. I wonder if a blocked exhaust vent might have set off the dryer fire. My own dryer was overheating last week and I traced the problem to an abandoned bird nest in the outdoor heat vent.

    Comment by Forest — 9:55 am October 7, 2013 #

  2. it pays to clean them out now and then…glad it was a small fire..

    Comment by JanS — 12:16 pm October 7, 2013 #

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