Update: Apartment fire in South Delridge ruled accidental

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand; top picture substituted 1:49 pm for original iPhone pic)
1:02 PM: Big response headed to a fire call at an apartment building in the 9000 block of 20th SW (map). First arrivals are seeing some smoke from the building’s fourth floor, per scanner traffic. We’ll have updates from the scene shortly.

1:10 PM: Fire’s under control, per scanner.

1:13 PM: Added photo from the scene. Smoke no longer showing from the building.

1:22 PM: Fire’s reported out. Still some traffic trouble in the area (Delridge/20th). We’re expecting to talk soon to the incident commander for more official information.

1:30 PM: Seattle Fire spokesperson Kyle Moore is there and we should be talking with him soon. We’ve also heard from the neighbor who says he called 911 to report the fire, Jeff at eGreen Landscaping, whose business is right next door on Delridge: “We reported it to 911 and then ran up and alerted the building manager, who hit the building fire alarm.”

1:35 PM: Moore says the fire was confined to a bedroom in one apartment. No injuries. (Update: Here’s video of his briefing:)

Investigators are working to figure out how it started; all the other residents will be allowed to go back inside. The woman who lived in the burned unit wasn’t home at the time; her cat might have been inside, and fire crews were looking for it.

5:23 PM UPDATE: Seattle Fire has just published a report here – saying the fire has been ruled accidental, and was “likely” started by a lamp in the bedroom. The report also notes that damage is estimated at $45,000 – and that the resident was reunited with her cat.

4 Replies to "Update: Apartment fire in South Delridge ruled accidental"

  • cbr August 2, 2012 (1:29 pm)

    hopefully the cat made it out okay. QUICK response ended the fire. (video of smoke avail. if requested)

  • jedifarfy August 2, 2012 (2:43 pm)

    Hope everyone is ok. I walk by that building every day and I always see kids around. Scary!

  • 3truck August 2, 2012 (7:48 pm)

    Any chance you could share your footage? I was on the 1st ladder truck. It’d be cool to see.

    • WSB August 2, 2012 (7:51 pm)

      Sorry I’m slow on the uptake, we’d be interested too. If you’ve uploaded it to YouTube or someplace, let me know the link, or you can e-mail the clip to editor@westseattleblog.com and we could potentially publish it to YT – TR

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