UPDATE: Garage fire in Westwood is suspected arson


4:15 AM: A “full response” is arriving at a possible house-fire call in the 8100 block of 30th SW [map]. More to come.

4:19 AM: It’s a garage fire, SFD has tweeted. The response is being scaled down and its investigator is on the way.

4:29 AM: Our crew is at the scene and confirms that the fire’s out but a detached garage is damaged, as is a car inside it. No one hurt.


4:36 AM: SFD’s investigator has arrived to figure out what caused this. (Sunday’s early-morning garage fire, you might recall, was blamed on improperly discarded charcoal briquets. We’ll check back on this one later in the morning.)

10:19 AM: SFD spokesperson Lt. Sue Stangl tells WSB the garage fire is suspected to have been set, so Seattle Police are investigating. We went back a short time ago for a daylight look at the damage:


The arson tipline is 800-55-ARSON.

9 Replies to "UPDATE: Garage fire in Westwood is suspected arson"

  • CMP June 8, 2016 (4:43 am)

    Wow,  that’s what all of the sirens were for?  It seemed non-stop for ten minutes and now I can’t go back to sleep.

    • WSB June 8, 2016 (4:49 am)

      Yes, like Sunday morning, possible house fire so the “full” response was sent just in case, and subsequently scaled back. We’ll go back over to take a look at the aftermath after sunrise.

  • Double Dub Resident June 8, 2016 (4:57 am)

    Well it could be worse CMP, it could have been a call to your house. Aren’t you lucky that’s what you have to complain about? I heard them this morning too since it was a block down and block over from me. That really sucks for those people

  • Couchpilot June 8, 2016 (5:19 am)

    WSB, you are amazing. Always there. 

  • Dcn June 8, 2016 (6:57 am)

    I could see the flames from 2 blocks away. It was briefly a fairly large fire that could have spread if not for the quick response of the fire department. 

  • JoB June 8, 2016 (7:22 am)

    i just now realized how close this was to me … 
    i must have been really sound asleep

  • Alan June 8, 2016 (11:03 am)

    This is less than a mile from the Sunday garage fire. I wonder if they might not revisit the cause of that one in light of this arson.

  • ScubaFrog June 8, 2016 (3:56 pm)

    I wonder if arsonists are common in society. 

    I read the article about the west Seattle arsonist who was just released from jail (apparently he confessed to setting several fires here).  Hopefully someone in law enforcement’s keeping an eye on him.

    • WSB June 8, 2016 (3:57 pm)

      SF, I don’t know if “common” is the proper term but the case of the serial arsonist in High Point was one of several we were tracking at the time. More often, they are one-offs.

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