West Seattle, Washington
7:16 PM: Firefighters have radioed that it was a small kitchen fire, extinguished by the apartment’s occupant, so they’re downsizing the response.
7:23 PM: Though they’re wrapping up, firefighters radioed that Delridge will be blocked in the area (map) for another 15 minutes or so.
A midsize Seattle Fire response is at an apartment building in the 4500 block of 42nd SW right now. It’s reported to have been a kitchen fire, already extinguished, but one person suffered hand burns and will be treated.
1:55 PM: Seattle Fire has sent a “full response” to the 6400 block of 29th SW. The first units arriving are seeing “light smoke” but have assessed it so far as a kitchen fire.
1:58 PM: The fire is already out and the response is being downsized.
4:24 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” headed to the 3400 block of California SW. Updates to come.
4:27 PM: Though there are businesses in that block, this is described by arriving units as a small residential building. They say it was a kitchen fire, already extinguished. The response is being downsized.
8:37 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” headed for the 2800 block of Alki SW. Updates to come.
8:41 PM: It’s a residential kitchen fire and it’s out, firefighters radioed to dispatch.
6:49 PM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is on the way to the 4100 block of 47th SW. First crews arriving aren’t seeing anything yet. Updates to come.
6:53 PM: Small kitchen fire, aka “food on the stove.” Response is being downsized.
12:54 AM: Seattle Fire has just dispatched a “full response” to 30th/Charlestown [map] for a report of smoke and flames. Updates to come.
1 AM: Firefighters have radioed that it’s an “exterior rubbish fire” and are downsizing the response.
7:35 PM: Big Seattle Fire response for what’s described as a condo fire at 24th/Barton. It’s in a third-floor unit. Updates to come.
7:39 PM: Firefighters have radioed that the fire is under control.
7:45 PM: Though the fire in the unit itself is described as under control, firefighters also report it’s spread to the attic/eaves.
7:47 PM: Our crew reports the building is 9016 25th SW, across 25th from Westwood Village’s southeast parking lot.
7:52 PM: Photos added. The fire is now described as “tapped” in both the unit and the attic.
8:02 PM: Still some concern focused on the top of the building, our crew reports. So far, no report of injuries.
8:14 PM: SFD confirms to our crew that no one was hurt. The cause is under investigation.
11:30 AM MONDAY: We just checked with SFD; the cause has not yet been determined.
That beach-cleaning machine had to be dispatched to Alki this morning, with people continuing to ignore the beach-fire ban, less than a week after Seattle Parks removed the long-locked fire rings people had been damaging. Seattle Fire has been dispatched to Alki five of the six nights since then – three times on Thursday, once on Friday, once on Saturday, three times on Sunday, once last night. We asked Parks spokesperson Rachel Schulkin if anything else is planned. She replied, “I think the next move would be to close the beaches. We are grateful to SFD for their support and grateful that you are covering this and reminding folks that beach fires are not permitted this summer. In case folks wonder why, it’s because beach fires are more often than not used as a place for larger groups to gather. As we are still in Phase 2 and gatherings must be 5 people or less, beach fires are not permitted.”
Thanks for the tips. A Seattle Parks crew has been out on Alki Beach this morning, removing the fire rings and cleaning up the debris/trash left behind. The fire rings have technically been “closed” for months but Seattle Fire crews have been called out many nights because people have set fires on or near them anyway.
And indeed, Parks spokesperson Rachel Schulkin confirmed to WSB after we photographed the ring removal this morning: “Fire rings have been locked all summer to prevent the crowding and congregating that happens with beach fires. Folks were lighting fires on top of the pits, so we are removing them for now.”
12:20 AM: Firefighters confirm that the fire is between two houses but has not spread to either.
12:23 AM: SFD says the fire’s out.
11:13 PM: The fire is reported to be on the house’s 2nd floor. Firefighters have water on it.
11:19 PM: The fire is reported to be under control. Both occupants are reported to have gotten out OK.
11:22 PM: Fire now declared “tapped” (out).
ADDED 2 PM MONDAY: SFD says, “The fire started from a lamp in a closet that ignited nearby combustible material. Total estimated loss is $125,000.”
6:04 PM: We just happened onto this and SFD has just arrived.
The fire was burning in shrubbery in front of the building and spread to balconies.
Passersby were hollering for people to get out. More…
More firefighters have arrived. The flames were roaring up the side of the building before their arrival. No word of injuries so far.
6:19 PM: Under control, damage mostly exterior, says SFD. Cause under investigation.
6:34 PM: They’re evaluating the interior to see if it’s safe for residents to go back inside.
7:15 PM: California’s still blocked at the scene by SFD units.
7:30 PM: SFD says it was started by fireworks. $100,000 damage estimate.
8:49 PM: Added two short video clips we recorded just before and just after the first engine arrived. Meantime, the incident log shows only 3 units still on scene, so California is likely passable again.
Thanks to SF for the photo. That car caught fire at 42nd/Charlestown after the driver hit a pole. Apparently no serious injuries – no medic unit was sent. Radio communication indicated the driver got out OK. No other details.
1:40 AM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is headed to the 2400 block of Harbor Avenue SW for a possible fire in a business. Updates to come.
1:43 AM: First unit arriving reports “fully involved structure.” They’re closing Harbor.
1:46 AM: The address on the SFD log is not correct (yet) – the burning building is now described as appearing to be “derelict,” a small old house.
1:49 AM: One person is reported to have been inside when the fire started but is said to be unhurt.
2:12 AM: A witness who called it in says the building is on the water side.
2:37 AM: The fire is “knocked down,” says SFD. Some units are leaving.
ADDED 12:33 PM: We went by for that photo of the fire scene. SFD has since corrected the address to 2316 Harbor and tells us the cause was ruled accidental. County records show this is part of a site that sold to an investment entity for $3.5 million last November; a self-storage proposal has been working its way through the city permit system since last year.
Thanks to Chris for mentioning that early-morning RV fire on 16th SW by the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. We didn’t hear about it in real time – the callout was just after 6:15 am – but followed up. SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo says the RV was “fully involved” when firefighters arrived; no injuries reported, and the cause remains under investigation.
9:04 PM: Multiple SFD units are arriving at an incident reported as a garage fire in the 4100 block of Delridge Way SW [map]. It’s already reported to be under control.
10:26 PM: Call is closed. Incident log shows the last unit to leave was only there half an hour.
10:02 PM: Big Seattle Fire response to the 8800 block of 9th SW [map]. Updates to come.
10:04 PM: SFD says it’s a small exterior fire at a vacant building. The response will be downsized.
10:23 PM: We’re at the scene. 9th is blocked just north of Henderson.
10:37 PM: Fire’s out. Firefighters described the scene as a “derelict building.” Cause is under investigation; no one was hurt.
11:41 PM: The “derelict building,” according to city records, is slated for demolition, to be replaced by four townhouses. It’s also been reported multiple times in recent years, most recently in a February complaint that described it as a “trash-filled broken-down house.”
9:55 PM: Another big Seattle Fire call – this time in the 9200 block of 11th SW (map). SFD says it’s a “confirmed working fire in a residential building.” Updates to come.
10:04 PM: Fire is reported to be under control.
10:16 PM: No injuries, per SFD.
10:23 PM: Our crew talked to SFD at the scene. Much of the damage is in the garage. The family who lives there got out OK.
11:20 PM: SF says the fire is out and under investigation and also – a cat is missing.
ADDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON: SFD says the fire was determined to have started accidentally.
Big SFD callout in the 7500 block of 35th SW but it’s being quickly downsized – first crews on scene say it appears to be just a dryer problem.
12:02 AM: What started as a fire-alarm call at Madison Middle School has been upgraded to a “full response.” Updates to come.
12:06 AM: Firefighters are describing this as a “dumpster fire” and dismissing some of the units.
12:11 AM: Fire is reported “tapped” (out); next job, to turn off the automatic sprinklers.
12:40 AM: The cause is under investigation. We’ll follow up with SFD and the district later today.
3:09 PM: From SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo: “Crews confirmed it was a dumpster fire next to the school building. The building’s sprinklers were able to contain the fire while our firefighters fully extinguished it. No injuries reported. Our fire investigators were not dispatched to this scene as they responded to another fire that occurred at the same time” (in North Seattle).