5:52 AM: Seattle Fire is at a house fire in the 5000 block of 25th SW [vicinity map]. Everyone is reported to be out safely. Updates to come.
5:57 AM: Firefighters are reporting that the fire is under control.
6:12 AM: Our crew at the scene says that while the operation is clearly winding down to some degree, smoke is still visible from the back of the house.
6:16 AM: SFD is calling for Red Cross assistance “for eight adults.”
6:32 AM: Firefighters have found a hot spot in the attic. This photo’s just in:
7:06 AM: Our crew at the scene has confirmed no one was hurt. A cat that was missing has been found, too. The fire’s cause is under investigation.
8:26 AM: Wanted to also say thanks to everyone who texted about this shortly after the fire broke out – several also sent photos like this showing that the initial smoke was visible from blocks away:
10:36 AM: Still awaiting word on the cause. Meantime, we asked SFD about something we noticed at the scene – the SFD crews ‘decontaminating’ the firefighters coming out of the house were in hazmat-type suits:
SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley explains, “We are trying to implement a new ‘Decon Policy.’ We’re testing different deployment models and one of them is as you saw today having firefighters in ‘class B’ hazmat suits. They offer tremendous protection for the firefighter that is doing the washing. This is a test and we are working out how this is best going to be implemented.”
8:01 PM: Fire cause determined. From SFD’s Tinsley: “Ruled accidental, estimated loss $250,000. Caused by malfunction of power strip and extension cord located on deck.”