UPDATE: House fire on 16th SW blamed on ‘hot ashes in a trash receptacle’

FIRST REPORT, 8:51 AM: Our apologies for failing to cover today’s 3:40 am fire call in real time. Several people have asked about it, and this is what we have found out so far this morning: While Seattle Fire sent a “full response” to this house on 16th SW near Cloverdale, it was an “exterior fire that extended into the home,” quickly extinguished, according to SFD spokesperson Lt. Harold Webb. Everybody got out before the SFD units arrived, he says; no one was hurt. Lt. Webb is awaiting the investigator’s report on the cause, and we’ll add that information here when it’s available.

3:58 PM: Just in from Lt. Webb – the fire was ruled accidental, sparked by “hot ashes in a trash receptacle” that “ignited next to the house and extended into the house.” Damage is estimated at $70,000.

2 Replies to "UPDATE: House fire on 16th SW blamed on 'hot ashes in a trash receptacle'"

  • SARA B April 12, 2017 (11:48 am)

    It was pouring rain between 3-4 am this morning. I’m glad everyone is okay, but wonder what caused the exterior fire.  

    • WSB April 12, 2017 (11:59 am)

      Still waiting for an update from SFD and will add it here when we get it. But rain is generally not necessarily a fire deterrent … we’ve been to countless fire scenes on rainy days/nights.

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