7:50 AM: SFD is at a building in the 1700 block of SW Barton and has just called for a second alarm. At least one person is reported injured. There was also a callout to the same address early yesterday, but that one was quickly downsized. Updates to come.
7:55 AM: The fire is reported to be under control, firefighters told dispatch. According to online records, this is a three-story, 14-apartment building.
8:06 AM: They’re continuing to search inside the building to be sure no other victims are inside. We’re at the scene now and are adding photos.
8:12 AM: Still smoke on one side of the building.
They’ve just told dispatch the fire is “tapped, all three floors.” SFD’s investigator is reported to be on the way.
8:28 AM: So is an SFD chaplain. We don’t have details about victim(s) yet but a public-information officer has just arrived so more details should be forthcoming. … They are also calling for the Red Cross to help displaced residents.
8:38 AM: SFD says the person who was burned is a 35-year-old man, taken to a hospital in serious condition.
8:55 AM: Police are investigating too. Now that the fire’s out, the most heavily damaged side of the building is visible:
9:16 AM: At the scene, SFD spokesperson Heather Reichmann tells us six units were damaged in this fire. She described the incident yesterday as “minimal” – logs show that most of the initial dispatch was canceled before even arriving – but two incidents in two days is why SPD is investigating.
10:06 AM: Some firefighters are still on scene after about 2 1/2 hours and are reporting a small “hot spot.”
11:56 AM: Via Twitter, SFD also says a cat and parakeet were found dead in one unit.
3:51 PM: SPD has announced an arrest in this fire – the person who was taken to the hospital:
Police spoke with witnesses who reported seeing a man on his porch light an item on fire then walk away. This man was also seen setting fire to items in his apartment before he himself caught on fire.
SFD provided medical aid to the 35-year-old male suspect with non-life-threatening injuries. He was later transported to Harborview Medical Center.
The apartment building sustained extensive damage to several units but no one else reported injuries.
The suspect was arrested for arson and will be booked into King County Jail once medically cleared.