House fire on 6th Ave W Saturday morning

UPDATE: Sad news to report from SFD about this morning’s house fire. Here’s the news directly from SFD:

“Firefighters quickly initiated a search after extending hose lines into the residence. Flames were visible from the back-right side of the house with smoke coming from the front door to the ground, and additional flames impinged on the residence to the right. During the search, Firefighters discovered an adult female in the kitchen area deceased. Crews continued to fight the housefire by cutting holes in the roof to evacuate smoke, and by applying water to the areas of the fire to douse flames. The fire was successfully extinguished at approximately 7:05 am.”


Earlier this morning, Seattle Fire Department responded to a house fire on 6th Ave W. As of 7:20am, the fire was extinguished, but 2 hours later, it’s still an “active” incident per Seattle Fire Department.

Both the Red Cross and Seattle City Light are on scene, and readers have reported that 6th Ave W remains closed between Crockett and Howe streets.

2 alarm building fire in Fremont visible (and audible) from Queen Anne

UPDATE: KIRO’s Deborah Horne has relayed that “all workers at Asko Processing got out safely” per a tweet from KIRO’s Morgan Palmer.

The helicopters you can hear from Queen Anne are hovering over a 2-alarm building fire in Fremont. The building is at 434 N 35th St, owned by Asko Processing. The building is a metal processing plant. Seattle Fire is on the scene, call came in at 12:51pm.

Here’s a shot from Twitter from Queen Anne:

Fremont Fire from QAAnd, here’s where Asko is located, just across the Ship Canal:

434 N 35th

Nail through electrical wiring sparks house fire on 5th Ave N

House Fire 5th AveWe had several readers ask us about the fire response on top of Queen Anne last night (Friday) around 9pm. Firefighters responded to a fire in a home on 5th Ave N. The cause of the fire was a nail through electrical wiring in the roof of the home.

According to our Seattle Fire Department contact:

Seattle Fire Investigators determined a Queen Anne roof fire was caused by electrical wiring.

Just minutes after 9 p.m. a neighbor called 911 to report smoke coming from the eaves of a 3-story home located in the 2300 block of 5h Avenue North. The first arriving engine company found smoke pouring from the roof.

Firefighters extinguished the flames within 40 minutes. The fire was limited to the roof and attic space.

Fire investigators discovered a nail through electrical wiring in the roof caused the fire. The damage estimate is $40,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents.

There were no injuries.

Fire at Broad Street substation takes out power around Seattle Center

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.”

Here’s the current outage map:

SCL Broad St outage

Early morning fire at apartment on Boston St

Boston FireIf 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: Truck fire at Mt Pleasant Cemetery was intentionally set

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.

Queen Anne apartment building fire early Saturday morning

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.

Nickerson Fire 1

Photo courtesy of Mark Dunford

Nickerson Fire 2

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.

Two alarm fire on Lower Queen Anne; 3 homes destroyed

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.

Additional photos are available at KING 5’s web site.

Porsche Fire this Morning

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.

More on the fire at 303 Ward

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:

I also created a photo set on Flickr with large pictures.