Updates: Small fire in 3000 block of Avalon Way; dryer problem in 4700 block Admiral Way

January 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news | 17 Comments

Updates on two incidents that began with notable Seattle Fire responses, minutes apart:

(Photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
AVALON WAY, 6:05 PM: Seattle Fire is responding to a “fire in building” call in the 3000 block of Avalon Way. (6:14) Avalon is closed at Genesee. Buses are also being rerouted, according to a text from Metro.

(Photo by Sean Stolte)
(6:19) It’s a mattress fire, WSB’s Christopher Boffoli has learned at the scene, and it’s out. Also, the road is partly reopening. (6:31) Metro says Route 21 is back to normal on Avalon.

(Photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
Christopher reports people who live in the residence told him the fire was started by a child playing with a lighter.


ADMIRAL WAY, 6:11 PM: Some of the units are being moved from the Avalon call to another one at 4701 SW Admiral Way, where a possible fire was reported, but the first-arriving unit isn’t seeing anything.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
(6:15) One crew reports light smoke from a possible electrical problem. (6:22) All units except one are being dismissed. (6:28) WSB’s Patrick Sand says firefighters at the scene tell him this was a dryer problem that caused lots of smoke but no actual fire.


  1. helicopters are flying over now too

    Comment by keri — 6:06 pm January 2, 2014 #

  2. News choppers hovering over? Lots of helicopter noise and multiple fire trucks.

    Comment by Michael B — 6:08 pm January 2, 2014 #

  3. Multiple police just responded as well.

    Comment by Michael B — 6:09 pm January 2, 2014 #

  4. Avalon is now closed at the first light coming down the hill. Genesee and Avalon is the intersection that’s closed.

    Comment by Michael B — 6:12 pm January 2, 2014 #

  5. Thanks. Buses are re-routed at the moment as well.

    Comment by WSB — 6:14 pm January 2, 2014 #

  6. Never fails…I hear a bunch of sirens, come here and find out what’s going on. You guys rock.

    (And yeah, I know I could check the scanner page, but this is easier…)

    Hope everyone’s ok.

    Comment by MikeRussellFoto — 6:15 pm January 2, 2014 #

  7. and 4701 Admiral is Alki Mail and Dispatch…

    looking at Google maps, is the house where the response is on Avalon ne where there was an incident not too long ago regarding a gas leak? it’s in the same vicinity…just curious…

    Comment by JanS — 6:17 pm January 2, 2014 #

  8. Police are putting crime tape over the intersection at Avalon & Genesee, can I email a pic to someone?

    Comment by Michael B — 6:18 pm January 2, 2014 #

  9. 4701 is the Alki Mail and Dispatch building, BTW. I drove up just as the engine arrived.

    Comment by JayDee — 6:20 pm January 2, 2014 #

  10. hope no one is hurt!

    Comment by Willis — 6:23 pm January 2, 2014 #

  11. I think you meant southbound is open. North remains closed.

    Comment by Michael B — 6:27 pm January 2, 2014 #

  12. What’s a mattress fire? As in someone likely lit one on fire intentionally? Thanks.

    Comment by curious — 6:29 pm January 2, 2014 #

  13. I’ll just change it to partly reopened. What I wrote is what was discussed on the radio, but in-person always trumps. We do still have a crew on the scene but they’re focused on the fire aftermath rather than traffic. Thanks. Also, no injuries reported in either incident.

    Comment by WSB — 6:31 pm January 2, 2014 #

  14. Just spoke to a gentleman that lives in the building, I live right next door. He confirms what the WSB states, which is that a child playing with a lighter caused a mattress to catch fire. No one is hurt, thank goodness. Thank you to the Blog for your quick response and to the local fire houses that responded so quickly, as well as the SPD.

    Comment by neighbor — 6:39 pm January 2, 2014 #

  15. Will someone please tell me when the road is fully open so I can come home? Thanks!

    Comment by Avalon resident — 6:55 pm January 2, 2014 #

  16. We don’t have anyone left at the scene BUT the SFD call has “closed,” which means their units are all gone, so you should be OK.

    Comment by WSB — 7:08 pm January 2, 2014 #

  17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XchwE9zVdnw

    Comment by DTK — 10:18 pm January 2, 2014 #

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