Update: House fire on 30th SW near Roxhill Elementary

January 26, 2014 at 7:48 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 5 Comments

(UPDATED Sunday night with new information from SFD)

Seattle Fire crews are arriving at the scene of a house-fire call in the 9400 block of 30th SW (map). Via scanner, they say everyone’s safely out of the house. More to come.

7:55 AM UPDATE: The house is just north of Roxhill Elementary. The fire’s in the attic, according to radio communications, and crews believe they “have the bulk of it under control.”

8:02 AM UPDATE: Our crew has arrived and sent the photo we added above. Most of the activity is in the area of the house’s garage, they say.

Meantime, in radio communications, crews on scene have declared the fire “tapped.” No injuries reported. The Red Cross is being called to help the residents (described so far as three adults).

8:30 AM UPDATE: Firefighters are in mop-up mode.

(Firefighters who went into the attic wound up covered in insulation material that had to be hosed off)
No word yet on how this started – they’ve been awaiting the SFD investigator. We’ve just spoken at the scene with SFD spokesperson Lt. Sue Stangl, who says the residents are three members of a family and that neighbors were first to see the smoke and call it in.

9:31 AM: Added – more photos, and video of Lt. Stangl’s interview with us and the only other media crew at the scene (they were from KIRO TV). We will update the story again whenever information about the fire’s cause is available.

6:46 PM UPDATE: Fire investigators have ruled this accidental and confirmed that it started in the garage, spread to the house. Damage is estimated at $300,000 – $200,000 to the house, $100,000 to what was inside.

5 Comments

  1. Just got woke up by all of the sirens heading up 35th. Glad to hear everyone is out and safe.

    Comment by ~Hockeywitch~ — 7:53 am January 26, 2014 #

  2. We just drove by there maybe 20 minutes ago. Two SFD engines were still on site.

    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 5:16 pm January 26, 2014 #

  3. I lived about 200 feet from that house for several years. Shocking to see smoke billowing out from it.

    Comment by Brad — 7:23 pm January 27, 2014 #

  4. Hello all, my name is Trevor and I am the son of the couple who owns this house that has burnt. A lot of memories and other irreplaceable items were taken from my family when this fire occured. Not only that, but days before Christmas, my father was diagnosed with Lung and Liver cancer, making the holidays a very emotional time. This comes at a horrible time for my family given all the events that have taken place. I just want to let you all know there is site where you can make a donation to help my family get through this tough time. The website is http://www.gofundme.com/6ikduc or you can go to a Sterling Bank near you and make a monetary donation. Non perishable food, clothing and gift certificate donations for my family may be dropped off at Boulevard Park Place Retirement Community 2805 South 125th, Seattle. We appreciate you all for your warm thoughts and prayers. Thank you all

    Comment by Trevor R — 8:05 am January 29, 2014 #

  5. We lost our home of 30+ years almost one year ago (2/17). We have yet to rebuild and still struggle with inventory sheets to turn into the insurance. I won’t lie to you, it’s been a nightmare. I have moved on, emotionally, however my husband probably never will. We are renting and have not replaced anything other than the real necessities – many things are just not replaceable. Thanks to all our friends and family for their support which has helped us so much. One little hint – we went back to our home and searched thru the ashes, something I really didn’t want to do. But it was amazing some of the things that we found; a ceramic cat my kids gave me 30 years ago, a tie clasp in the shape of a rifle that belonged to my father and more. Little things that are now my most treasured possessions. My heart goes out to you.

    Comment by Barb Sawyer — 10:34 am February 14, 2014 #

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