UPDATE: Fire on 44th SW, 1 person to hospital

6:15 PM: Seattle Fire has arrived at what they are calling a “working residential fire” in the 4400 block of 44th SW in The Junction. Updates to come.

6:19 PM: Added top photo sent by Brenden. SFD reports “rescuing at least one person from the building.” Here’s a photo sent by WSB’s Katie Meyer:

(Added – photo from Aaron)

SFD crews are continuing to battle the flames. Another view from Brenden – the smoke has turned white:

6:34 PM: SFD says the fire’s out and the person they rescued is a 79-year-old woman who’s being taken to the hospital in critical condition.

(Photo by Katie Meyer)

(Photo by Larry Shaw)

The cause is under investigation.

7:17 PM: Some units are being dismissed. Along with investigating, there’s a lot of aftermath cleanup – such as broken window glass on the sidewalk below the building.

8:10 PM: This building is home to City Council President Lorena González, and we’ve been trying to find out her status. She has just commented via Twitter:

This evening, a significant fire occurred at our home. My husband, daughter, and I were not at home when the fire began. Thank you to all who have reached out, I want you to know that my immediate family is safe.

I am grateful to Seattle Police Department, the Seattle Fire Department, and our first responders for their efforts to stop the fire from spreading further and for their rescue efforts.

There’s also word that an off-duty firefighter helped in the early going, according to SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo, with whom we spoke at the scene:

Witnesses say neighbors were heroes too, “grabbing ladders and helping people out,” according to Wes Olsen, who sent this photo:

9:30 PM: Nearby streets have reopened; Metro Routes 50 and 128 have resumed service in the area.

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE: Separate story to come – the victim did not survive. She was Councilmember González’s mother-in-law.

24 Replies to "UPDATE: Fire on 44th SW, 1 person to hospital"

  • Rosey May 14, 2021 (6:25 pm)

    I live a block away, the fire looks to be contained with SFD still inside and 1 rescued person taken to ambulance with injuries.

  • flimflam May 14, 2021 (6:29 pm)

    oh no. terrible. residential fires (or any i guess) are extremely frightening and have long lasting effects. i hope everyone is ok and that not too many people are displaced.

  • WiseWoman May 14, 2021 (6:36 pm)

    On the corner of Oregon. 

  • Tyler W Printz May 14, 2021 (6:37 pm)

    Currently eating at Puerta Vallarta restaurant and saw more fire trucks go by the Windows towards the fire. Lights were on.

  • Kadoo May 14, 2021 (6:42 pm)

    Grateful to the West Seattle Blog. I took the garbage out and wondered about the smoke and sirens. 

  • Betty Laughlin May 14, 2021 (6:42 pm)

    Oh, please let her be well! 

  • ~Hockeywitch~ May 14, 2021 (6:45 pm)

    I hope the lady  that was rescued will be okay… So scary. Fires scare me. Thank you SFD!!!

  • cascadiarocks May 14, 2021 (6:49 pm)

    Oh no!!! Hope she will be ok. 😔

  • Rachal May 14, 2021 (6:52 pm)

    I’m out here watching the aftermath. This is so sad. I saw the victim when they finally got her out. There were multiple residents trying to get to her prior. 

  • AMN May 14, 2021 (7:02 pm)

    I saw the aftermath from my apartment complex roof and watched as the police and EMTs left with her. When I read about the victim I could ONLY imagine her fear. I hope she’s okay as well as everyone else in the vicinity.  

  • Stephanie May 14, 2021 (7:07 pm)

    Great job to the fire department. 

  • Sky May 14, 2021 (7:15 pm)

    I watched many many aid response vehicles racing up Avalon/Fauntleroy while I was picking up some food around 6ish. When I headed home I saw the ambulance, with whom I now know was the injured 79 y.o resident, heading down avalon with a police escort. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured and her family! What a terrible occurrence, I hope that she will be okay! 

  • Annoyn May 14, 2021 (7:25 pm)

    Apparently Lorena Gonzales current Seattle city council president and now mayoral candidate lives in this building as well.    

    • WSB May 14, 2021 (8:13 pm)

      Yes, it’s her building – we learned that last summer during two visits by protesters. We’ve been trying to find out her status and she’s just commented via Twitter, as noted above. – TR

  • Bio May 14, 2021 (7:26 pm)

    Here’s the incident on SFD Live, still units on scene https://sfdlive.com/?id=F210047940

  • Wendy Ross May 14, 2021 (7:42 pm)

    Please send healing thoughts to the woman who is hospitalized because of this. And thank you to the first responders who walked into the fire. 

  • SnortnotJort May 14, 2021 (8:08 pm)

    Did that building just have an exterior makeover recently?

    • WSB May 14, 2021 (9:06 pm)

      The city permit system shows exterior alterations were under way in 2019.

    • Keith May 14, 2021 (11:59 pm)

      Yep, it used to be off-white stucco-ish stuff.

    • Dan Keller May 15, 2021 (6:04 am)

      Yes.  All new exterior siding.

  • neighbor May 15, 2021 (6:28 am)

    How can neighbors help Lorena’s family? What do they need?  Thinking of her kiddo and wondering if diapers, clothes, toys, are needed? 

  • KCS May 15, 2021 (8:13 am)

    Can someone tell me what corner of the intersection the apt building is on?We have a beloved retired Catholic nun that lives at that intersection.  I believe there are many retired nuns in the same building.  Her apartment building is the one behind Chase and the South East corner of that intersection.

    • WSB May 15, 2021 (9:37 am)

      Northeast corner.

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