UPDATE: Seattle Fire response at The Kenney = electrical problem, no fire

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ORIGINAL REPORT, 9:44 AM: A few minutes after sending a sizable response to The Kenney (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW; WSB sponsor), Seattle Fire has just canceled all but five of the units. That’s still enough for traffic effects in the area, so keep that in mind for a while. We are on our way to find out what’s happening.

10:02 AM UPDATE: Our crew learned at the scene that this involved an electrical problem. No fire – an outlet shortcircuited. No injuries; everyone’s OK.

1 Reply to "UPDATE: Seattle Fire response at The Kenney = electrical problem, no fire"

  • miws December 7, 2015 (11:47 am)

    Regarding the outlet shortcircuiting; of course, a place like The Kenney is going to call 911, but I can imagine that some in their homes may not bother if they happened to be right there when it happened, cut the power, and there was no visible fire.


    30-plus years ago, I was sitting on my couch in my first apartment, and heard the baseboard heater making the normal pops and hums, that happens when it comes on. This was not the time of year to need the heat on.


    As I turned around to look at the thermostat above my head, to confirm it was in the “Off”/lowest position, I saw a blue flame come out, then immediately go out. Turned off the breaker, grabbed the fire extinguisher just in case, then called 911. Told the operator there was no visible fire, but that I’d feel better if SFD could come check.


    They arrived a few minutes later, confirmed it was indeed out. I apologized feeling I’d wasted their time, but the one said I did everything exactly right, and to *always* call, as a fire can smolder for hours before being noticed.



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