At 10:05am today a fire broke out at Seattle City Light’s Broad Street substation. The fire knocked out power in areas around the Seattle Center. 325 customers are without power due to the fire, including the Space Needle, EMP, Key Arena and Seattle Center.
According to Seattle City Light: “Fire happened in a capacitor bank, which regulates the quality of power flow.”
If you heard sirens around 3:20am this morning, it was a Seattle Fire Department response to an apartment fire at 118 Boston St.
The fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials, and caused $65,000 in damage to the building and $5,000 in damage to the apartment contents. No injuries were reported.
According to our SFD contact:
“Seattle Fire Investigators determined an early morning fire at Queen Anne apartment complex was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.
At 3:21 a.m. firefighter were called to the 100 block of Boston Street for a report of thick smoke inside the 2-story apartment complex with a basement. When firefighters arrived they made forcible entry into a basement apartment and quickly extinguished a fire on a mattress. The occupant was not home at the time of the fire.
The residents evacuated out of the complex due to the heavy smoke. Firefighters used large fans to air all of the smoke out of the building. Crews used air monitoring equipment to make sure the air quality levels were safe to allow the residents back in the building.”
UPDATE as of Wednesday: We received word this morning from SFD that investigators have determined the cause of the truck fire at Mt Pleasant Cemetery is incendiary, which means intentionally set. The truck damaged was a Ford F150 pick-up and the damage estimate is $3,600.
In addition to seeing the real-time 911 report on an Upper Queen Anne fire this morning, we also got several reader tips on a fire at Mt Pleasant Cemetery. At the time, Seattle Fire Department was reporting a response to a car fire at 5th Ave W and W Raye St, but we had several Queen Anne resident witnesses who said it was in the cemetery.
We reached out to Seattle Fire Department to clear up any confusion, and they’ve responded to let us know the following:
“At 7:26 a.m. the Fire Alarm Center received several 911 calls regarding a possible car fire in the cemetery. Engine 20 arrived to find a truck fire in the cemetery that extended into a tree. It took about 15 minutes for firefighters to knock down the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.”
No one was injured, and neighboring residences are safe.
Update: per SFD, the fire was accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. The fire investigator determined that improperly discarded smoking materials in a rooftop deck planter box caused the fire. The damage estimate is $10,000 to the contents and $30,000 to the structure. There were no injuries.
Photo courtesy of Mark Dunford
Photo courtesy of Mark Dunford
Just after midnight on Saturday morning, Seattle Fire Department responded to a building fire at 800 W Nickerson St. According to tax records, the multi-family building at the location has 5 apartment units.
Several people sent in tips on the fire via both email and Twitter – images are thanks to Mark Dunford, who snapped these images at the scene early this morning.
No updates from SFD on the condition of the building or safety of the residents.
Update: as of 10am, Tuesday, April 2, Seattle Fire Department says cause of Lower Queen Anne fire was incendiary. Seattle Police Department arson bomb squad is investigating.
Update: as of 9:48pm, KING 5 is reporting that all 3 homes involved are destroyed. Streets around Warren, Roy and Valley are closed for now, and will be during the ensuing investigation. No one was injured in the fire.
Photo credit: KING
Firefighters are battling a 2 alarm fire on Lower Queen Anne in the 700 block of Warren Ave N. According to the Seattle Fire Department, 3 homes are involved in the fire, and the smoke is thick enough for them to warn people to stay away from the area.
SFD first responded to the incident 8:23pm with the latest dispatch at 9:15pm this evening. Per the realtime 911 site, the response site is a home at 714 Warren Ave N, no word from SFD on whether the home is a single family residence or duplex.
A Porsche 914 caught fire this morning in front of Genki Sushi at 5th N and Mercer around 8:30am. A reader sent in not only a tip, but also a video of the incident – click below:
At one point the fire was hot enough for the gas in the engine
to combust, pushing the car forward about 8 feet. No injuries reported by Seattle Fire Department, but the car certainly looks like toast.
As noted in the previous entry’s comments, the fire was not quite in Upper Queen Anne, which I discovered when I walked over there and found, like the old jokes, it was uphill both ways. By the time I arrived we were down to a bunch of news people interviewing each other, so I shot some pictures and eavesdropped a bit, but heard nothing that wasn’t already in the the paper– that the house had been abandoned for some time and was taken over by squatters.
The house was deceptively large– one of those that looks less prepossessing from the street side, but is built over a hillside so the back of the house sort of spills down behind, as revealed in these videos:
A 100-foot vessel from the early seasons of the TV show Deadliest Catch burned for more than an hour along the Ship Canal early this morning.
Nearly 100 firefighters battled the three-alarm blaze at a dock along the Queen Anne side, both from the dock and on the water. When fire crews arrived, they discovered the Arctic Dawn engulfed in flames, sending a huge column of smoke across the water into Ballard. The only person on the boat, an engineer, escaped the flames unharmed. There were no reported injuries.
We’ve just heard from our regular tipster, Silver, who heard on the police scanner that a tree has fallen down across West Raye Street, knocking down wires and causing sparks. According to the Seattle.gov real-time 911 logs, the exact address of the incident is 2572 10th Ave W. The police and fire departments have responded, and Seattle City Light has been called to the scene.
I’m without a car this morning, so if anyone happens to be walking by the scene and snaps a picture, please send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
Hundreds of people, including family members, public officials, firefighters and complete strangers attended the emotional memorial today at KeyArena for the five victims of last weekend’s tragic fire in Fremont.
“They may be gone but they are not alone,” Daniel Gebregiorgis said of his sister Eyerusalem Gebregiorgis, 22, and nieces and nephews, Joseph Gebregiogis, 13, Nyella Smith, 7, Nisreen Shamam, 6, and Yaseen Shaman who had just turned 5.
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