UPDATE: Fire guts one house, damages another in North Admiral

(Added: Photo courtesy Katy)

2:47 AM: Seattle Fire is dispatching a “full response” to a house fire in the 2100 block of 41st Avenue SW.

(Added: SFD photo)

2:51 AM: First units on scene say the house is “well involved” in flames.

(Added: WSB photo)

2:56 AM: Still fully involved, per radio communication, but sounds like they believe everyone got out OK. Firefighters are also dealing with what are reported to be downed power lines.

(Added: WSB photo)

3:06 AM: The command on scene is calling for two more engines to be dispatched.

3:21 AM: Added photos. Fire just declared under control. Also noting that the burning house is NOT the house whose address is shown on SFD’s real-time 911 log – as we’ve said many times before, that happens sometimes, the address might instead be whomever called it in, for example. Meantime, still no word of any injuries.

3:41 AM: Firefighters are calling the fire “tapped” (albeit with hot spots). Meantime, our crew at the scene will be talking shortly with the public-information officer who was sent.

3:49 AM: Briefing concluded – we have video to add when uploaded (added – here it is):

(As explained in the briefing, one person was home when it started; he is OK. SFD spokesperson Hilton Almond says the smoke detector awakened the man; he got out and alerted the neighbors to the north, whose house was also damaged.)

(WSB photo: Damage to house next door)

Too soon to say what ignited the fire – investigators have arrived.

4:17 AM: Just added the top photo sent by neighbor Katy, who says, “My husband & I were woken up around 2:35 am to loud booms to find the house across the street from us fully engulfed in flames with no fire department on scene yet” – they arrived moments later, she says.

3:01 PM: New information from SFD – the cause remains under investigation; damage to the house and contents is estimated at $350,000, while damage to the house next door is estimated at $50,000.

We asked SFD’s Almond about the 911 outage and whether that factored into any possible response delay. “The occupant did try 9-1-1 but could not get through,” he replied, but says he doesn’t have information on whose call (we heard the dispatcher say multiple calls had come in) got through or how long that took – he explains that the number advised as a backup, 206-583-2111, goes to SPD, which then would have transferred the call to SFD. (We’ll be following up with SPD.) Once SFD got its first call, he said, “units were dispatched within 31 seconds.” The incident log shows the first unit to arrive, Engine 29 (based blocks away), arrived 4 minutes after dispatch.

20 Replies to "UPDATE: Fire guts one house, damages another in North Admiral"

  • Bill W December 28, 2018 (2:52 am)

    Sounds like a big fire, praying everyone is ok

  • carole December 28, 2018 (2:58 am)

    Lots of police cars screaming up California in that direction as well.

  • Ly December 28, 2018 (2:59 am)

    Hope everyone is ok!!

  • James December 28, 2018 (3:06 am)

    Wow more fire trucks than we have heard in a long time hope everyone is OK and can still have a place to sleep

  • Jenni Borda December 28, 2018 (3:27 am)

    If anyone envolved needs a place to stay. I live just up the street (4 blocks) with plenty of room. I can come get you or bring your selves here. My name is Jenni and my number is (208) 371-7284. There’s no restriction on contacting me. Praying for you all. -Jenni 

    • Jackie December 28, 2018 (4:27 am)

      Thank you, Jenni.  That’s very kind of you.

    • JR December 29, 2018 (8:39 am)

      People like you are why this neighborhood is so wonderful. Thank you for your kindness. 

  • Graham December 28, 2018 (4:43 am)

    Did SFD say whether the 911 outage caused any delay on this call-out?

    • Mike December 28, 2018 (6:23 am)

      Exactly what I was thinking.  We got the automated call about the outage at 10:20 PM last night and then I saw WSB posted about the outage too.  Scary.  Glad the person who was inside got out and that they notified their next door neighbor too.  Sorry about the loss, horrible to see anybody’s house go up in flames.

    • newnative December 28, 2018 (8:53 am)

      that was my first thought too. 

    • GOMR December 31, 2018 (10:43 am)

      There was no delay in the response. There was a delay in relaying the emergency to the Fire Department. After trying repeatedly and failing to get through 911, on e of the neighbors had to drive to the fire station on Ferry Ave to inform them . After failing to get through the non emergency number at 206-625-5011, I had to play through the message that had come through earlier that night to get the other emergency number: (206) 583-2111. Fortunately, someone else had already relayed the information.For such an important and crucial component in the infrastructure of our community, I would think that Century Link would have a fallback position. It is fortunate that no lives were lost in this particular event but would we count ourselves lucky during the next outage?

  • dsa December 28, 2018 (10:49 am)

    The SFD photo looks like a two story house while the others photos do not.

    • WSB December 28, 2018 (11:49 am)

      The SFD photo is from the back side.

    • dsa December 28, 2018 (12:48 pm)

      Ah, now I see it.  There appear to be two dormers as part of the roof in back.

  • dsa December 28, 2018 (10:51 am)

    That first photo is dramatically scary.  It looks like the whole house is consumed in flames.

  • Julia Douthwaite Viglione December 28, 2018 (2:34 pm)

    Would like to offer to help our neighbor on 41st Ave SW, in any way I can.  contact me at juliawsea@gmail.com .   The wreckage is heart-breaking.

  • AH December 28, 2018 (9:50 pm)

    I’m the person from this morning’s house fire. I wish to thank everyone for their kind offers of assistance. I truly don’t have the words to express my gratitude. I’ve had more neighbor’s than I can count open their opens, share their food and a set of clothes for today. To all of you here, the fire fighters, Randall Berg and Associates- (who called me immediately after being notified and offering condolences and assistance) and the great people on 41st and 42nd streets: thank you so much!

    • WSB December 28, 2018 (11:10 pm)

      Glad you are OK! Thank you for taking the time to update everyone. – TR

    • Amy January 3, 2019 (12:42 am)

      Andrew, this is your neighbor 5 doors down. We are so sorry. Is there anything you need immediately, for you or your wife? Amy

  • Mj December 28, 2018 (10:31 pm)

    Its good no one got hurt.  Very scary how quickly a fire can destroy a home.  

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