UPDATE: Big response, small fire in The Junction

9:40 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “full response” to California/Edmunds. The report is: flames in alley, but “they’re not sure what’s on fire.” It’s on the alley east of California, west of 42nd, and reported to be in a basement, in a building described as “just behind US Bank.” Updates to come.

9:45 PM: They’re reducing the response. Apparently not a large fire. We’re on our way to find out exactly which building.

9:54 PM: Fire declared “tapped” (out). No injuries reported. SFD describes it as an exterior fire.

9:59 PM: The fire was on the back side of the Performing Arts building per the tweeted photo above.

10:04 PM: Our photographer has talked to firefighters who say it was trash burning in a dumpster.

(WSB photo)

No building damage reported. (Added) For more location context, here’s a wider shot texted to us:

That’s the US Bank lot in the left foreground, and in the semi-distance at upper right, the Edmunds/California 7-11.

ADDED 11:12 AM: Regarding cause/damage, SFD tells WSB, “Fire investigators ruled this fire as undetermined. It was a debris fire in a covered patio area next to structure. Total estimated loss is $50,000.”

11 Replies to "UPDATE: Big response, small fire in The Junction"

  • TookTook January 29, 2023 (9:50 pm)

    God I love you guys!  Was wondering what was going on and I can always count on the WSB to deliver everything West Seattle.

  • Greg M. January 29, 2023 (9:54 pm)

    I live right behind there. It was on the verge of getting bad. As I got off the phone with 911  Bang Bar staff  hit it with several extinguishers which nocked it way down.

    • Greg M. January 29, 2023 (10:00 pm)

      Actually I think it was the American Diner staff that jumped on it…

  • 56bricks January 30, 2023 (12:10 am)

    Jeepers, I remember when my  barber shop burned the day after Christmas years ago..  Fire sucks. But you survive.

  • john January 30, 2023 (9:33 am)

    I feel like we’re missing a large part of this story….How did the fire start?

    • WSB January 30, 2023 (10:01 am)

      Generally if Marshal 5 (fire investigator) is not assigned, there is no formal investigation. But we’re doublechecking.

      • WSB January 30, 2023 (11:12 am)

        Adding an update. Cause ruled “undetermined.”

    • Flo B January 30, 2023 (11:19 am)

      John. Could very well have been arson. But also, could very well have been something that was flammable that had been disposed of and spontaneously combusted. 

      • john January 31, 2023 (9:46 am)

        Yes, I understand all of the possibilities of how the fire could have started. But considering that WSB has within the last year posted about an arsonist in the area starting fires….It seems like a VERY reasonable question to ask. In fact, not asking it seems VERY unreasonable.Nonetheless, I always appreciate WSB’s reporting & update that the cause was ruled “undetermined”.

  • Kevin January 30, 2023 (12:01 pm)

    I got a few brief videos from my window, overlooking the alley. The part of their patio that caught fire has had a massive pile of cardboard stacked out there for weeks, if not months. I only noticed the fire once it was getting pretty intense, so I don’t know what started it, but the cardboard definitely fed the fire and contributed to it growing so much.

    • Joe Matavatz January 30, 2023 (9:46 pm)

      Thanks Kevin, good info

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