11:08 AM: We’ve been covering a business fire on our partner site White Center Now and are sharing the news here too after getting a question from a WSB reader who wondered why the 10000 block of 14th SW (map) is blocked by fire and police. The former White Center Blacksmith/Welding building caught fire this morning. It’s out, and nobody’s hurt; firefighters tell us the building is vacant and was about to get a new tenant. We’ll update the WCN link when there’s new information.
12:03 PM UPDATE: As mentioned on WCN, this affected WestSide Baby next door. From executive director Nancy Woodland:
This morning there was a fire at about 10 am in the large building next to WestSide Baby’s donations facility. One of our staff made the initial 911 call. It was significant and luckily, due to the very quick response of the North Highline Fire Department and with support from surrounding departments, the fire was under control within about 30 minutes. WestSide Baby’s donation facility is closed today to assess the smoke damage. We also have to have all the doors open in the hopes of minimizing smoke impact on all of the clothes, diapers and equipment stored inside. It’s REALLY cold so our staff is all huddled in our Administrative offices nearby. Phones and e-mails work.
The building next door was recently re-occupied by an auto repair business. They had only received keys last Friday. The fire investigators are here determining the cause.
P.S. 14th SW is open again.
SIDE NOTE: Not related so far as we know, but there’s a second fire of note in White Center today – a house fire on 20th SW.