UPDATE: Fire call at Madison Middle School

(Added: Photo sent by Derek)

12:02 AM: What started as a fire-alarm call at Madison Middle School has been upgraded to a “full response.” Updates to come.

12:06 AM: Firefighters are describing this as a “dumpster fire” and dismissing some of the units.

12:11 AM: Fire is reported “tapped” (out); next job, to turn off the automatic sprinklers.

12:40 AM: The cause is under investigation. We’ll follow up with SFD and the district later today.

3:09 PM: From SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo: “Crews confirmed it was a dumpster fire next to the school building. The building’s sprinklers were able to contain the fire while our firefighters fully extinguished it. No injuries reported. Our fire investigators were not dispatched to this scene as they responded to another fire that occurred at the same time” (in North Seattle).

16 Replies to "UPDATE: Fire call at Madison Middle School"

  • debby ryan May 6, 2020 (12:05 am)

    fire at south seattle college and madison middle school? seems suspicious!

    • WSB May 6, 2020 (9:23 pm)

      SSC was accidental. SFD doesn’t have a cause on this one.

  • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy May 6, 2020 (12:07 am)

    I love that if I hear a bunch of sirens at midnight, I can log onto westseattleblog at 12:02 and see what is going on.  Thanks for what you do.  (But, GET MORE SLEEP!)

  • Eric M May 6, 2020 (12:10 am)

    I live on the block north of the school. According to the SFD personnel I spoke with there was fire in the dumpster.Good thing we have nothing else to worry about 🙄

  • DT May 6, 2020 (12:25 am)

    Fire dept here within 5 minutes, hoses deployed but no use.

  • Concerned teacher's mom May 6, 2020 (6:13 am)

    Automatic sprinklers?  Hopefully exterior sprinklers and not in classrooms . . .

  • flimflam May 6, 2020 (9:12 am)

    so that’s two fires in two days? hmm.

    • BBILL May 6, 2020 (1:15 pm)

      two fires at different schools in as many days during the COVID-19 apocalypse.

  • West Seattle Lurker May 6, 2020 (9:33 am)

    Did the sprinkler inside the school go off? Did this cause any water damage? 

    • WSB May 6, 2020 (10:19 am)

      Yes, it did, as mentioned in the story. Don’t know the extent of damage or cause yet. Waiting for followup answers.

  • Brandon May 6, 2020 (10:04 am)

    Hmm.  Who’s running around at midnight setting fires?  And what’s next. 

  • JM May 6, 2020 (10:47 am)

    Sure this has something to do with the people that were lighting fireworks off around 11-1145 

    • WSB May 6, 2020 (11:18 am)

      Haven’t heard back from SFD yet. Hope you called police if someone was doing that at the school.

      • JM May 6, 2020 (2:44 pm)

        Difficult to know if on the actual school property or just in the street – Couldn’t actually see anything – just heard pop, pop, pop, pop. 

  • chris May 6, 2020 (11:36 am)

    There are security cameras by that loading dock with the dumpsters. SPS security is probably trying to identify the people who did it by looking at the tape from last night. If the sprinklers were set off, that is potentially thousands of dollars in damage.

  • WSB May 6, 2020 (2:13 pm)

    Update (I’ll add to the story a bit later), cause unknown, SFD’s investigator had to go to a larger concurrent fire elsewhere in the city. NOT related to the SSC fire, which SFD says was accidental.

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