UPDATE: Attic fire at house in 5200 block 45th SW ruled accidental

(Photo courtesy Robert Ferguson)

6:24 PM:Seattle Fire is responding to a reported house fire in the 5200 block of 45th SW.

6:37 PM: SFD says this is an attic fire and that everyone got out of the house OK, no injuries reported so far.

MONDAY MORNING: SFD finally ended “fire watch” at the house, 12 hours after the fire broke out – the online 911 log showed units at the scene, rotating every few hours as is done if there’s concern about flareups, until early this morning. We’ll be checking on investigators’ official ruling of the cause. Meantime, see the comment section for a discussion of this house’s unusual history.

MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Lt. Sue Stangl with SFD says this fire has been ruled an accident – sparked by work on the house’s roof. Damage to the house is estimated at $50,000, and $20,000 to its contents.

10 Replies to "UPDATE: Attic fire at house in 5200 block 45th SW ruled accidental"

  • Dan October 4, 2015 (6:46 pm)

    I Love how whenever I wonder about something going on in West Seattle you guys are already on top of it. Always amazing work.

  • Jeanette October 4, 2015 (8:08 pm)

    So glad to hear there were no reported injuries. We live up the street and were worried. Right now our water is running brown. I’m assuming it is from the hydrants being used. Any idea when it will be back to normal / safe to drink?

  • Shepherd Siegel October 4, 2015 (9:09 pm)

    I was in the neighborhood and counted four separate hook and ladder trucks.

  • Ben R October 5, 2015 (2:48 am)

    We live near by and our water is also brownish in color. I looked up the information in the above link prior to reading this, glad I’m not the only one. The water should clear up. Just glad no one was hurt.

  • Titus Andronicus October 5, 2015 (7:54 am)

    Isn’t that the home that was next to the Thriftway and was carefully relocated some years ago?
    I always loved the look of this house and it’s porches. Hopefully it can be restored to it’s original beauty soon enough. So sorry for the residents. So scary to read about house fires.

  • B October 5, 2015 (8:37 am)

    Yes, it is the house relocated from the block behind Thriftway. Beautifully restored and maintained in its new spot. This was the THIRD house fire on that side of that block in the last six and a half years.

  • miws October 5, 2015 (8:38 am)

    Yeah, that’s the house. Hard to believe it’s been 14 years already….




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