UPDATE: Fire callout in Arbor Heights

12:30 AM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is headed to 35th SW and SW 98th, with a report of smoke and flames visible in a yard. But the first unit to arrive isn’t seeing anything. Updates to come.

12:35 AM: Turns out to be a trash-can fire, according to radio communication. Most responding units are being canceled.

12 Replies to "UPDATE: Fire callout in Arbor Heights"

  • Me October 15, 2019 (12:55 am)

    This house needs to be foreclosed upon or cleared out. These residents run their house on a generator for years now.  In suuuuureee no writing sewage or water.  The yard is a garbage junk yard.  They are causing rats in the area.  There’s no way they’re living there legally. Why hasn’t the city got involved. Why do I have to get woke up in the middle of the night while they burn garbage instead of pay for garbage service. Listen to the generators throughout the night.  It’s a huge hazard and accident waiting to happen.  I’m only a renter but I’m shocked that the owners in the area haven’t done more about this house.

  • Neighbor October 15, 2019 (9:40 am)

    Many many complaints have been filed. An inspector comes and a couple of old cars are hauled away, leaving many more rotting in the yard. Nothing substantial is ever done. 

    • WSB October 15, 2019 (10:00 am)

      If the code-violating conditions aren’t remedied, the city eventually goes to court. We covered one such abatement just last week.

  • j October 15, 2019 (12:56 pm)

    Abatement occurred at this site after 20 years of complaints by the community. No follow up was done by city and the property returned to same condition shortly after abatement. Action will be taken for complaints being filed now in the year 2039. 

    • ACG October 15, 2019 (2:09 pm)

      That property is terrible and a safety hazard- not only to the people trying to live there, but to the neighbors. I can’t believe the city can let something like this drag on and no real enforcement of codes be done. No wait… this is Seattle, I guess I do believe it. Sigh. My condolences to the neighbors. Please stay safe. 

  • anonyme October 16, 2019 (5:33 pm)

    ’ve personally filed multiple complaints, mostly regarding the numerous
    junk vehicles that have been in place on the right of way for so long
    that they are covered in algae and sinking into the ground.  Only once
    were the vehicles tagged – but they remained where they were.  It’s my
    understanding that this individual has been cited multiple times and
    refused to comply with orders for cleanup.  This stinks – literally. 
    Might I suggest that all of us who are aware of this situation
    immediately make complaints?  It’s easier for the city to dismiss a
    single complaint, but not multiple, concurrent ones.  I’ll be doing that
    today, hope you will too.

    • WSB October 16, 2019 (6:09 pm)

      We finally got over to the vicinity today so I could figure out a street # and look it up. Someone filed a complaint yesterday. There was also an open case from September. You can track such things by looking up the address in the Seattle Services Portal; it also chronicles every phase of an investigation. One from 2018 remains open, listed as “referred to law,” so I have to check with that department to see what happened.

  • neighbor October 16, 2019 (8:55 pm)

    I have filed a complaint, agreed something needs to be done

    • E.J. October 25, 2019 (5:58 pm)

      Looks like you (and a lot of others, including myself) have gotten their wish–I drove by a couple days ago and saw it demolished, and it looks like they’ve since been working on clearing the property.

  • anonyme October 17, 2019 (7:11 am)

    Don’t think I’m allowed to give a specific address, but if you look up the property on Parcel Viewer, or satellite view on Google maps, you’ll see the horrific state this property is in.  The aerial view shows a decomposed roof with gaping holes all over it.  The property needs to be condemned.

    • j October 17, 2019 (11:23 am)

      This resident is a car rancher. He has vehicles spread all over west Seattle. When I pressed parking enforcement to clear the pedestrian zone (stop parking two wide) she informed me that all of the junk cars and vans in front of his home are listed as “do not tow”. Now, how can that be??? 

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