READER REPORT: Another fireworks fire fought by neighbors

As happened in Gatewood and in North Admiral, neighbors sprang into action Sunday night to fight an apparent fireworks-sparked fire in South Delridge.

(Added: Photo posted in comments by Matt)

A reader texted us this report of the story behind an SFD callout around 8:30 pm Sunday:

(There) was a fire by 15th SW and SW Cambridge. Lots of smoke and Fire Dept wasn’t on scene yet. Was heading home from Proletariat Pizza and saw all the smoke that was stopping traffic on Roxbury. A neighbor was using a hose on the south side and I grabbed the hose from the house on the north side neighbor and we put water on the fire until firefighters arrived. Those guys are awesome! Clearly caused by a fireworks mortar flipping sideways pointed at the trees. The first person getting water on the fire definitely saved the house and maybe the adjoining houses. Thanks, buddy!

10 Replies to "READER REPORT: Another fireworks fire fought by neighbors"

  • Rhonda July 31, 2023 (1:20 am)

    Way to go, residents. You likely saved a neighborhood from catastrophe.

  • WSDAD July 31, 2023 (6:33 am)

    I wonder if that would be considered arson?

  • flimflam July 31, 2023 (7:07 am)

    This is nuts and definitely not just some kids with bottle rockets on 4th of july (which is bad enough).

  • Marcus July 31, 2023 (8:24 am)

    Is this not arson?

  • Lisa July 31, 2023 (11:32 am)

    This sounds very similar to what happened to us in North Admiral. It’s being investigated as arson. We have video of the event and it sure looks intentional. These culprits need to be caught before a house burns down. All of the neighbors in the area need to check their surveillance video to look for suspects in the area at that time. Could be helpful to the SPD arson unit. 

    • Matt July 31, 2023 (2:05 pm)

      It was the  kids who live at the house playing with fireworks.

  • Matt Koroulis July 31, 2023 (1:39 pm)

    This incident happened on 14th Ave SW, just north of Roxbury. 

  • Anthony July 31, 2023 (10:38 pm)

    The Gatewood link points to a WordPress login. Assume that was July 9 at Myrtle Res Park? I saw the smoke and flames while happening to be facing north watering half a block down 36th, ran to the corner and firefighters were turning onto the block. Smaller white sedan packed with 4 black teenagers. 

    • WSB July 31, 2023 (11:41 pm)

      No, it was July 16th at 41st and Portland. Fixed the link, thanks for noticing.

      • Anthony July 31, 2023 (11:49 pm)

        No worries. Here’s July 9th at Myrtle Res looking north from 36th & willow 

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