Updates: House fire in 8100 block of Delridge

(WSB cameraphone photo added 12:37 pm)
FIRST REPORT, 12:21 PM: On our way to a single-family residence fire call in the 8100 block of Delridge (map). Huge callout; more details momentarily.

12:25 PM UPDATE: South of the fire, Delridge is blocked to traffic at Thistle. Don’t know yet where it’s blocked on the north. The fire is centered in the basement, according to the scanner, and has just been declared “under control,” but not entirely out yet.

12:34 PM UPDATE: Looks like Delridge may be blocked to traffic as far north as Holden, north of the fire scene. Still lots of smoke and the house is quite charred, according to our crew on the scene; medic units are there but do not appear to be treating anyone – firefighters have searched the house and not found anyone inside, as of “primary search.” From the scanner, fire was “well-involved in the basement” of the house but is now “knocked down” aside from some hot spots. We don’t have official word at the scene yet if anyone was inside when this started, but we talked to neighbors who say they haven’t seen anyone at the house in quite some time.

1:02 PM UPDATE: Firefighters say nobody was in the house when it started; nobody hurt; cause won’t be known for a while, but it definitely started in the basement. While the fire’s technically out, they’ll be on the scene for a while monitoring “smoldering debris” as well as investigating the cause, so Delridge traffic north of Thistle will still be difficult for a while – we’ll check periodically so we can update you when it’s fully open again.

1:48 PM ADDITION: We shot that video clip is when we first arrived at the scene – you can see some smoke for starters, then more after firefighters break out some of the windows (you can hear the glass breaking, then you see more smoke and steam from a front window); our camera also looked southbound on Delridge, to show how far down the line of fire trucks stretched. Property records show the 1,000-square-foot house, built in 1955, has had the same owners since 1997. We’ll add an update whenever an official cause is announced.

5:40 PM UPDATE: Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Dana Vander Houwen says damage from the fire totals $225,000 – $150,000 to the structure, $75,000 to its contents. The cause is not yet determined; she says investigators still have to talk to a few more people.

12 Replies to "Updates: House fire in 8100 block of Delridge"

  • miws April 19, 2009 (1:27 pm)

    I was out for a walk, and around noon-ish, or so, I was in the Admiral/Belvedere area, and heard a bunch of sirens.


    At the time, I was walking southbound on 38th, and it sounded like they went from west to east, so was curious as to where they were headed.


    Glad to hear that apparently no one was hurt, but aside from that, I sure hate it when peoples’ homes are badly damaged, or destroyed by fire.



  • WSB April 19, 2009 (1:39 pm)

    When there’s a call for a fire in a house or otherwise potentially occupied building, just about every unit for miles around goes – easier to send them all and then call some back as soon as the first units arrive and assess the situation. Fire situations can change for the worse so quickly; our home in L.A. burned when I was 10 years old and I will never, ever, forget how fast that moved from a wisp of smoke to huge roaring flames breaking out the 2nd story windows.
    Meantime, your story of seeing the response sounds just like that of the lady who called us – it was between our periodic checks of the online 911 log
    so we hadn’t seen it yet – she said the classic line, “Where’s the fire?” after seeing several units race down 35th! — TR

  • Cheri Berri! April 20, 2009 (8:28 am)

    I work at The home depot on Delridge and yesterday i was out in the garden department. we could hear and see all the fire trucks and soon after the smoke smell filled our garden area it was a little scary since we didnt know where the fire was!

  • WSB April 20, 2009 (9:35 am)

    Cheri – if anybody there has computer access during work hours and you ever wonder about something police/fire related, just check here OR sneak a call to us 206-293-6302 since we cover breaking news 24/7 – good luck with what I’m sure will be a busy couple days if you’re working today-tomorrow since it’s going to be so warm! – TR

  • Cheri Berri! April 20, 2009 (10:40 am)

    Hey thanks!! we dont have internet access avaliable but we do have phones!!! Im lucky im off mondays and tuesdays i get to enjoy the warm weather!!

  • Hannah April 20, 2009 (5:34 pm)

    Just a correction: this house has not had the same owners since 1977; my family lived there from 1979 to 1996. I’m just really sad to read (and see) that the home my brother and i grew up in was on fire.

    i echo the same sentiments as Mike – just glad that no one was hurt.

  • WSB April 20, 2009 (6:25 pm)

    My apologies, Hannah, I mistyped and you were first to catch it – property records I looked up yesterday did indeed say 19*9*7. Fixed now, thank you … TR

  • Gerry April 21, 2009 (9:09 am)

    My mother owned the house next door (South side) from the early 50’s until she moved in 2005. Glad to see the old house didn’t go down in flames.
    I don’t remember Hannah next door… but then the memory isn’t what it used to be!

  • Star April 22, 2009 (4:16 pm)

    Hey Gerry .. surprised to see your comment here. It was actually mid 50’s , 1955 , but I too must have a bad memory because I do not remember a Hannah either .I am sorry about the house fire though and do hope the owner/s will be okay in these not so easy times.

  • david April 25, 2009 (1:11 pm)

    that was my house im 12 years old and i use to live in there nobody was home at the time and when we arrived home at about 5:00 we were in shock my dad almost fainted

  • Hannah April 28, 2009 (10:22 am)

    Thank you, TR, for the correction!

    From what I can remember, the neighbors on the north-side changed quite often, whereas the neighbors on the south-side were the same during the 18 years my family lived in this house.

    Gerry & Star: we were the Asian (more specifically, Korean) family who lived there. My brother and I used to play baseball in our backyard, and every so often we would hit a ball over the fence into your side of the yard and we would argue as to who would have to go get it because your backyard was so “scary” (there were a couple of really tall trees and it was very grassy). :)

    David: I remember meeting you and your parents (you were just a baby) the day they signed the final papers for the house. I’m so sorry about the fire, but I’m so glad you and your family are okay!

  • david May 8, 2009 (6:47 pm)

    o kool now im in middle skool, in side the house its all black and dark its really scary at night the insurance company says that it would take about 6 months to fix so right now my family is staying in an apartment (paid for by insurance)

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