Update: Garage fire at house in 1300 block Alki SW

February 12, 2014 at 8:53 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 8 Comments

(Added: Reader video shared via e-mail – it rotates to correct angle quickly)
8:53 AM: Fire crews are rushing to the 1300 block of Alki Avenue SW (map), where a garage fire is reported. First crews on scene say it’s the garage for a home, and they’re seeing smoke. Note that the initial response is likely blocking traffic both ways – they’re calling for police to help with that – so you’ll want to avoid that stretch of the beachfront boulevard.

9 AM: Our crew is en route; via scanner, crews at the scene say the fire’s under control and they’re checking to be certain it didn’t spread.

9:10 AM: The fire is “tapped” – which basically means out. Our crew has arrived and is told nobody was home when it happened; we’ve confirmed, no injuries. Damage and cause are still being assessed. The 1300 block of Alki is still closed to traffic because of fire units.

9:31 AM: Fire crews say the garage contained “miscellaneous” items and that damage is estimated at $5,000.

8 Comments

  1. A lot of response vehicles responding, 7 units just went over WSB. I hope no one is hurt.

    Comment by Michael — 8:58 am February 12, 2014 #

  2. I’m on 37th and Andover and have been hearing fire trucks going by for several minutes. Sounds like an inferno with how many trucks that are responding

    Comment by Darcy — 9:00 am February 12, 2014 #

  3. Haven’t there been a lot of these lately?

    Comment by Chris W — 9:02 am February 12, 2014 #

  4. No predictability in incidence of fires. We can go weeks without them and then there might be one daily. As for the number of units – everybody remember, as soon as a fire is reported in a residential or business type of building, they have a prescribed number of units that must go out, regardless of whether it sounds massive or they’re not sure. Everybody gets there, and then they start dismissing units if it turns out to be less than inferno level. In this case, in fact, 15 minutes after the dispatch, they’re starting to cancel units, because it was relatively small. That part of Alki is a bit of a haul from here so we don’t have a pic yet but should shortly. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:08 am February 12, 2014 #

  5. I have a pic and video. How do I send it

    Comment by Erin — 9:11 am February 12, 2014 #

  6. Hi! editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

    Comment by WSB — 9:16 am February 12, 2014 #

  7. 99.9% of all calls “Fire Fighters” get called out on are not fires. Aid Response, Medic Response, Rescue Lock In/Out, Automatic Fire Alarm, Alarm Bell, etc…
    It’s no wonder they ALL fly out when then do get a fire call.

    Comment by Rob — 9:16 am February 12, 2014 #

  8. Totally understand. I was the one who had the roof fire on the 4th of July and it was the first reported fire of the night. I think there was 6 units that initially responded and they ended up calling off all but 2. I was so fortunate to have them respond so quickly because I wasn’t home and my animals were inside while it was happening.

    Comment by Darcy — 9:18 am February 12, 2014 #

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