UPDATE: Fire at vacant house on West Seattle Triangle redevelopment site, ‘deliberately set’

6:49 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “full response” to what’s described as an abandoned house near 36th/Oregon. Updates to come.

6:55 PM: The exact location is difficult to discern from descriptions – the dispatched address is 4500 block of 35th SW, nearest hydrant was described as 36th/Oregon, and then crews said they were accessing from 34th SW. We’re on the way to find out more. … The fire’s been declared “under control.”

(Added: Photo sent by Kevin Freitas)

6:58 PM: SPD assisting with traffic control say they have “36th and Genesee closed in all directions.”

7:10 PM: Our crew is there, reporting the fire is out and that indeed, no one was in the house. As for location, SFD has not updated the logged address yet (even though SPD told them it was wrong) – our crew says 36th and Oregon is a better location – it’s on the dead end of Oregon a little ways east of Tom’s Automotive.

(Added: WSB photo)

7:14 PM: Checking our files, the address may technically be correct – we believe it’s the “shack” referred to in this report we published two months ago about a potential redevelopment project.

7:22 PM: SFD’s investigator is calling for SPD. We noted a “dumpster fire” call just after 6 pm outside nearby Habit Burger (35th/Avalon) and hope to ask if they think it’s related.

(WSB photo)

7:28 PM: The incident commander confirms they are indeed looking into whether the two fires are related.

MONDAY UPDATE: SFD says the fire was ruled “deliberately set,” so SPD is investigating.

9 Replies to "UPDATE: Fire at vacant house on West Seattle Triangle redevelopment site, 'deliberately set'"

  • Nick February 3, 2024 (7:07 pm)

    It’s an abandoned house just to the South of Aura apartments. 45 min ago the Habbit Burgers dumpster was lit on fire a block away. Sounds like someone is up to no good in the area. 

    • WSB February 3, 2024 (7:32 pm)

      We mention that in the story and asked about it, and they’re investigating a possible connection.

      • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy February 3, 2024 (7:43 pm)

        I walked out and spoke to someone. Said they got a similar description already. But also not very detailed like mine. 

  • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy February 3, 2024 (7:29 pm)

    Why did I know this was gonna happen. I saw the guy who went in there are 6:30. He looked super suspicious and I just had a feeling exactly this was gonna happen. He looked like he was peeing in the corner along the fence. When I parked and walked by he had gone inside the fence. 

    • WSB February 3, 2024 (7:31 pm)

      Please let police know that if you haven’t already – as we wrote, could be related to a smaller fire nearby a bit earlier.

      • Weat Seattle Mad Sci Guy February 3, 2024 (7:34 pm)

        I would but I couldn’t describe him. Male. Average height. Dark hair. Slightly wavy/curly or just messy. I couldn’t pick him out of a lineup as I was just pulling through looking for a spot. But given it was just minutes before it was very likely this individual. I thought he was trying to take a board off the fence which made no sense as around the corner there was already several boards missing in the fence for him to enter the yard. 

  • Kristina February 3, 2024 (7:40 pm)

    I came across the bridge into WS and saw flashing lights ahead and then was passed by five fife vehicles (big trucks and SUVs), then drove by on Fauntleroy and saw more fire fire vehicles at the scene. What a huge response! I came here to learn more: thank you WSB for keeping us informed.

  • NW February 4, 2024 (6:59 am)

    Was waiting for the bus when a fire ignited across the street from Aura apartments couple weeks back. I did not see any description of the person who clearly started the fire at the bus stop I simply ran away from the flames and smoke. Could this be the same person a trend? 

  • Mellow Kitty February 4, 2024 (8:46 am)

    I’m hoping this is a one off thing. The last thing we need is a firebug running loose around West Seattle. 

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