Update: Small fire on 26th off Thistle in Westwood ruled accidental

August 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 3 Comments

ORIGINAL 2:52 PM REPORT: Seattle Fire crews are headed to a house-fire call at 26th and Trenton. Details to come.

2:58 PM UPDATE: This has now changed to a fire off 26th SW near Thistle (map), further north than first reported. It’s a small fire, reported to be out, possibly set. Most of the units have been dismissed.

3:31 PM UPDATE: The fire was set in a bush in a residential neighborhood east of Southwest Athletic Complex – dangerously close to homes.

5:01 PM UPDATE: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore tells us investigators determined it was accidental – “improperly discarded smoking materials” are blamed; a nearby resident put it out with a garden hose before firefighters arrived.

3 Comments

  1. 2 fire trucks just went screaming down 37th in Admiral; very rare, so seemed serious

    Comment by Diane — 2:58 pm August 5, 2014 #

  2. A “full response” when initial report is a suspected house fire (or other building) will always draw all the units for miles around. In this case, as updated above, it turned out to be something small (heavy smoke at one point, though) – we’re doublechecking at the scene to see exactly what – and so everybody except Engine 37 and Marshal 5 (the investigator) has been dismissed. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 3:03 pm August 5, 2014 #

  3. that’s a bit scary…it could have done so much more damage so close to residences like that. I always say “WTF” to myself, and who in their right mind would do such a thing…but there, I have my answer….:-\

    Comment by JanS — 5:03 pm August 5, 2014 #

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