UPDATE: Fire callout on 9th SW

(Photo courtesy Tim Durkan)

10:02 PM: Big Seattle Fire response to the 8800 block of 9th SW [map]. Updates to come.

10:04 PM: SFD says it’s a small exterior fire at a vacant building. The response will be downsized.

(WSB photos from here down)

10:23 PM: We’re at the scene. 9th is blocked just north of Henderson.

10:37 PM: Fire’s out. Firefighters described the scene as a “derelict building.” Cause is under investigation; no one was hurt.

11:41 PM: The “derelict building,” according to city records, is slated for demolition, to be replaced by four townhouses. It’s also been reported multiple times in recent years, most recently in a February complaint that described it as a “trash-filled broken-down house.”

5 Replies to "UPDATE: Fire callout on 9th SW"

  • datamuse May 30, 2020 (10:59 pm)

    There’s a few houses right along there that, as far as I can tell, have been vacant for years.

  • Made in WestSeattle May 31, 2020 (4:49 am)

    Them houses have been vacant since as far back as I am remember early eighties maybe

  • John May 31, 2020 (9:23 am)

    Those houses were the last of notorious West Seattle property owner Harvey Rowe who passed away several years ago.   He owned dozens of derelict  house properties in West Seattle that  refused to rent and kept empty for decades.  After his death, the properties have been developed.

    • AMD May 31, 2020 (1:40 pm)

      Many, not all.  This one and the house next door have been sold, but not yet developed.  Harvey kept the houses vacant because he didn’t want to sell to developers, saying they ruin the neighborhood.  So now the houses are owned by developers AND ruining the neighborhood.

    • Highland Park Mike May 31, 2020 (4:44 pm)

      Has he passed away? I had heard from others in the neighborhood that he had.  I was walking my dog by the houses where this fire occurred last August or so, wearing my Montana Griz cap. An older gentlemen was sweeping the sidewalk in front of one the properties and he stopped me asking about my Montana hat. He said he use to live in  Montana and introduced himself as Harvey Rowe. He was quite personable and we chatted for few minutes.  I came home and did some internet searching and could not find any mention of his passing. I then forgot about it, until now. 

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