UPDATE: About that giant cloud of smoke – residential fire in North Highline

10:21 AM: Thanks to everybody who’s sent photos of this (the one above is by Paul Weatherman) smoke cloud from a fire southeast of West Seattle. The problem with trying to sleuth this is that there are several calls on the logs on both sides of the city-limit line that could apply – but according to a tweet from WSDOT (thanks to @WestSeaWX for pointing us there), it’s a residential fire near Highway 509, which is blocked northbound near South Cloverdale as a result. It’s in the 10400 block of 8th Avenue South [map]. More as we get it.

10:43 AM: Thanks to John Graham for that photo from downtown. We’ve tried to get to the fire scene but got stuck in traffic. Northbound 509 is still closed in the area, according to WSDOT.

11:08 AM: King County Fire District 2 has just tweeted that photo, saying they’re still working to knock down the fire, and adding that no injuries are reported so far.

11:41 AM: They’ve also tweeted acknowledgments: “Thank you to responding agencies for their support, including Skyway Fire, Medic One, Port of Seattle, Tukwila Fire, Renton Fire, Puget Sound RFA, Seattle City Light, PSE, Water District #20, Zone 3 Rehab, and Members of Seattle that were at the training center to assist!” Meantime, WSDOT says one lane of northbound 509 has reopened.

2:10 PM: Two more photos tweeted by fire agencies (via @ZONE3PIOS)

Northbound 509 has fully reopened,

30 Replies to "UPDATE: About that giant cloud of smoke - residential fire in North Highline"

  • Deb July 12, 2022 (10:32 am)

    Thanks to the WSB for the smoke photos and information. Glad that The fire was knocked down so quickly but it certainly was startling to see as I gazed towards The Mountain. 

  • Concerned ws resident July 12, 2022 (10:37 am)

    I hope its not 10485 8th aveWhy would the city allow so many vehicles on one property?

  • Terremoto July 12, 2022 (10:38 am)

    Thank you, WSB!  I was curious.

  • Robert J Schmidt July 12, 2022 (11:11 am)

    THANX again guys. When I need info about White Center and environs I turn to the West Seattle Blog. Go figure.

  • HS July 12, 2022 (11:16 am)

    Wow, that’s scary. Firefighters are just amazing.

  • Ada July 12, 2022 (11:29 am)

    I was like, how many cars could they have? And then I looked at Google maps. Omg what a toxic mess if that is the property on fire.

  • FD rehab Support 7 July 12, 2022 (11:29 am)

    it’s on our side of the border of Seattle by the look of the map with the red border lines but  burien FD take it for us 

  • M July 12, 2022 (11:31 am)

    Saw that smoke from across the water near Southworth.

  • K July 12, 2022 (12:35 pm)

    Do people get fined when obvious hazards and safety violations cause a fire like this?  Seems crazy that taxpayers should foot the bill for someone being so blatantly, willfully irresponsible.  

    • WSB July 12, 2022 (2:10 pm)

      There has been no word yet about what caused the fire.

    • Jethro Marx July 12, 2022 (7:43 pm)

      Really interesting example of how we like to dole out compassion in society. We have many comments like yours, hoping to heap punishment on top of the loss of their home, but not one person has said the thing you say when a house owned by people you can relate to burns. It is easier to feel good about ourselves, though, when we are sure we can divide the world up into those worth our compassion and those deserving only derision.

      • Frustrated July 12, 2022 (9:26 pm)

        Compassion is like respect – it’s not an automatic given, and you don’t get to keep it indefinitely.

        • Jethro Marx July 13, 2022 (10:58 am)

          Compassion that comes with a quid pro quo clause is actually something else entirely.  You’re free to feel how you want; changing the meaning of words to make yourself feel better about yourself is a weird way to live.

          • hj July 13, 2022 (3:48 pm)

            Ok, well, uh, thanks for the lesson, I guess.

        • WS Res July 13, 2022 (1:08 pm)

          Yes, as Jesus famously said, “Love one another, but only if the other person deserves it, and you don’t have to love them any more if you don’t approve of how they live.”

  • Paul July 12, 2022 (1:18 pm)

    I wonder if the EPA has gotten involved.  This looks like it is now toxic land.  Plus the runoff from the firewater will be horrible.

  • Rhonda P July 12, 2022 (3:18 pm)

    Looks like a severe hoarding situation. Garbage everywhere. 😔

  • Jonny Wheels July 12, 2022 (6:53 pm)

    @ Rhonda P.  There is a fine line between hoarding and being a collector.  These folks are obviously connoisseurs of the automotive arts. 

  • WS commuter July 13, 2022 (9:31 am)

    I attempted to look at the street view and the entire property is covered up by a cement wall and 40 foot bushes.  I hope nobody was inside and I hope they can find some peace in their life. 

  • Jeepney July 13, 2022 (10:52 am)

    If the property has multiple vehicles on their property, it is exactly that,  THEIR PROPERTY.  At least they are not contaminating local waterways and public property.

    • BlairJ July 13, 2022 (8:38 pm)

      Next time it rains, that property will start to contaminate other properties and local waterways.

  • Take it easy July 13, 2022 (1:27 pm)

    Sorry for this landowners losses, hope they are doing okay. WSB, any info on cause? Wonder if they were burning trash or yard waste. Smokers, please be careful not to throw cigarette butts out of your window this summer. Frustrates me to see this careless act, when wildfires can begin this way. Think we would all appreciate fewer wildfires. 

  • ric brod-robinette July 13, 2022 (10:07 pm)

    prayers to this family, they have lost everything.  they are all alive and that’s most important, shame on the people making negative comments. 

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