UPDATE: Seattle Fire ‘full response’ in 3700 block of California SW – quickly downsized

1:54 PM: Seattle Fire is arriving at a “full response” callout (updated) at a building at 3703 California SW. Updates to come.

1:56 PM: They’re sending a second alarm. Dispatchers told firefighters there had been reports of possible fire-setting related to a domestic-violence incident, and they’re sending an arson investigator.

2 PM: Northbound California is blocked at Charlestown.They’re now canceling the investigator, telling dispatch “there was no fire.” Most of the response has been canceled. We’re still heading that way to see if we can find out more at the scene. Only two units are remaining on scene.

2:15 PM: At the scene, the incident commmander confirms there was no fire, but somebody “pulled the fire alarm.” Peopl who were briefly evacuated from the building have been allowed back inside, and SFD is leaving.

6 Replies to "UPDATE: Seattle Fire 'full response' in 3700 block of California SW - quickly downsized"

  • ~Hockeywitch~ January 23, 2022 (2:07 pm)

    WOW!!! This sent the scanner going crazy… 211 in progress.. Then to be nothing..  Heard them tell dispatch there wasn’t a fire at all.  Way to be on it though Seattle Fire… 37 and 13 were hauling it down 35th.. they were moving.. Glad nothing is burned and no one is hurt.

  • fire January 23, 2022 (3:09 pm)

    A fire extinguisher was emptied into one of the hallways making what appeared to be a large volume of smoke, then someone pulled the fire alarm. We heard loud banging in the hallway before the alarm went off.

    • Jay January 23, 2022 (4:45 pm)

      Could the banging have been someone breaking the glass on the extinguisher cabinet? I’ll be curious to know if someone legitimately thought there was a fire emergency or if a non-resident might have broken in to start trouble. Cleanup and replacement costs money as does a false alarm when SFD shows up (I think you get one free false alarm per year). Sure glad everyone is safe, though.

      • fire January 23, 2022 (8:20 pm)

        The person who sprayed the fire extinguisher just sprayed it all over for no reason, absolutely nothing was burning or looked like it was burning – I don’t know if that same person pulled the alarm or not, it may have been someone else thinking that the spray was smoke,  it did look just like smoke, I thought it was and I ran when I saw it. And another resident told me that one person couldn’t get out, luckily it was a false alarm but how scary to be trapped in what you think is a burning building.

    • Hammer In Hand January 23, 2022 (5:31 pm)

      This used to be a chargeable crimekids got kicked out of school for it

  • Sweetpea January 23, 2022 (9:01 pm)

    “related to a domestic-violence incident”  I hope whoever might have needed help and used the fire alarm, got any help they may have needed.   I’m sorry if it  might have put a few folks in a bad situation.   Thank you SFD for the response, and thank you to neighbors that were patient. <3  In DV situations, there sometimes can only be a few ways to get help, this being one. 

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