Crown Hill home burns in overnight fire

Updated: Seattle Fire estimates the damage to be $300,000 to the house, $100,000 to the contents inside. Investigators are still working on identifying what started the fire.

Earlier: Just before 3 a.m., firefighters responded to a home that was engulfed in flames across from the Crown Hill Cemetery at 9025 12th Ave. NW.

Fortunately nobody was home at the time. When firefighters arrived, they said they fought the fire “defensively,” contending with the windy weather and keeping the flames away from nearby structures.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury from a fall.

“The firefighters did an excellent job,” Seattle Fire’s Sue Stangl told KING 5. “They were able to concentrate to make sure that this did not spread to neighboring houses.”

As of first light, firefighters and an investigator are still on scene. No word on the cause.

Juveniles ‘possible suspects’ in Magnolia arson, not connected to other fires

About a week ago, we told you about a fire set in an abandoned building on Fort Lawton in Discovery Park. It was the latest in a series of unsolved arson cases in Magnolia that have some similarities to Ballard’s dumpster fires.

This afternoon Seattle Police said they have identified and interviewed two juveniles as “possible suspects” in the case. But the Arson Bomb Squad says it does not believe the juveniles are connected to any other suspicious fires.

So it looks like this latest Magnolia fire — which was on January 21st — may not be connected to the unsolved cases in Magnolia or the dumpster arson cases in Ballard.

However, Seattle Police says it remains “an active and on-going investigation.”

(Photo of the Fort Lawton fire from KOMO News. See more here).

Fire in vacant house on 6th Ave.

A large response of firefighters responded to 4323 6th Av NW just before 8:30 p.m.

When they arrived, they said over the scanner that the house looks like it’s vacant. The blaze appears to be limited to the living room. An investigator was called to the the scene.

If the house is vacant, it would be the 6th fire since November in an abandoned building in the Ballard area. We’ll update as we learn more.

(Thank you Silver for the updates in the My Ballard Facebook group).

Brush fire along Shilshole Ave. last night

Firefighters responded to a small brush fire on Shilshole Ave. near 22nd Ave just after 7 last night, and a passerby shot a few seconds of video (click the image to play):

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Firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly.

After a little sleuthing on Google Maps, this is the hedge behind 2116 NW Vernon Pl, which is the old Stimson Mill Office. It’s unclear if the property is currently occupied.

Due to recent fires in abandoned structures — the latest was yesterday — we’ve been following smaller fires a bit closer lately. We have a request into Seattle Fire for the latest in their investigation on the fires in vacant buildings.

Abandoned building burns on 15th Ave., was planned for demolition this week


(Photo courtesy of Mac Jahn from the My Ballard Group)

Updated: Firefighters were called just before 11 last night for a fire in an abandoned, boarded-up building along 15th Ave. near 80th St.

The building was surrounded by chain-link fence, forcing firefighters to cut their way in to access the fire. Low water pressure in the area also complicated efforts to fight the fire, KIRO TV reported.

“The structure began to collapse, and four additional engines and one ladder truck were added to the response,” Seattle Fire explained this morning. “Due to extreme fire damage, fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire.”

One firefighter sustained minor injuries. Crews were on scene for several hours to douse hot spots.

The location is 8015 15th Ave. NW, the former home of several small businesses. Two abandoned homes next door were also fenced-off by the city after squatters were reported inside, according to KIRO TV. The building was scheduled for demolition this week, Seattle Fire said.

According to city planning documents, there’s a proposal (.pdf) to build 9 townhomes at the same location as the fire. Here’s the proposed design:

This the second fire in an abandoned home in Ballard in just over a week. On November 26th, a fire burned a vacant house on 63rd near 15th Ave.

And also last night, firefighters contended with fire in a vacant home in the 8500 block of Ashworth Ave., north of Greenwood.

“Abandoned buildings pose a significant risk to responding emergency personnel,” Seattle Fire wrote in a blog post this morning. “Seattle Fire has specific procedures for combating vacant building fires, including fighting the fire from outside the structure.”

(This story was reported as it happened in the My Ballard Facebook Group.)

Sunset Hill home heavily damaged in fire


(Photo by Seattle Fire)

Just after 10 last night, firefighters responded to 71st. St. and 30th Ave. in Sunset Hill for a report of flames showing from a two-story home. Fortunately by the time they arrived, the residents had safely evacuated.

Firefighters made short work of the fire, but the second floor sustained heavy damage. This morning Seattle Fire says an electrical fire ignited nearby combustibles in the upstairs bedroom. They estimate the loss to be $290,000.

The Red Cross was called to help the two displaced residents.

Fire in vacant house overnight

If you heard lots of sirens overnight, it was a fire in a vacant house on 63rd.

Firefighters were dispatched just after 1:30 Sunday morning for a fire at 63rd St. near 15th Ave., near Alki’s Body Shop (it appears to be this house here). Just 18 minutes later, Seattle Fire reported the blaze was under control.

There are no reports of injuries.

Update: Todd in the My Ballard Facebook group points out that this address is the site of an upcoming apartment development.

Fire damages home near Carkeek, dogs missing

If you heard sirens in Crown Hill this morning, it was for this house fire in the 1200 block of 116th St., just to the north of Carkeek park. Firefighters were dispatched at 9:30 a.m.

The residents were not home at the time, but Seattle Fire says they’ve been unable to find two dogs that were believed to be inside. No word on the cause of the blaze.

Sunset Hill fire ruled intentional, arson unit at Seattle Police investigating

Fire investigators say the Friday night blaze that damaged Caffè Fiorè and Cocina Esperanza on 85th on Sunset Hill was intentionally set.

“Fire investigators determined the cause was from ignition of combustible materials on wooden chairs located on the outside of the building,” explained Seattle Fire this afternoon. “Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Unit is investigating.”

There have been no arrests.

Firefighters responded at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday and discovered flames showing from the exterior of the building. Within 10 minutes, the blaze was extinguished, according to Seattle Fire.

In a post on Facebook Saturday morning, Caffè Fiorè it was “set on fire last night by arsonists,” and the chef from Cocina Esperanza next door happened to be working at the time and called 911. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Caffè Fiorè took the brunt of the fire. Seattle Fire says the estimated damages are $130,000. We’ll keep you updated.

Arson suspected in overnight fire at Caffè Fiorè on Sunset Hill

Updated: The popular coffee hangout Caffè Fiorè on 85th was heavily damaged in a fire last night, and the business says arsonists are to blame.

Cafe Fiore fire tonight

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“Caffè Fiorè on Sunset Hill was set on fire last night by arsonists. We’re thankful that Marcos was at his restaurant at the time and was able to call the fire department, explains a post on Caffè Fiorè’s Facebook page. “Things could’ve been a lot worse.”

Marcos is the chef and owner of Cocina Esperanza in the same building, right next door (see below). Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Photos taken by Caffè Fiorè (above and below) show the aftermath.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead,” writes Michelle in the Fiorè Facebook post. “Thank you to the community who has stopped by this morning and been so supportive. We have the best neighbors.”

The call was dispatched at 11:28 p.m. last night. The Seattle Fire Department’s Arson and Bomb squad is investigating the blaze, reports KOMO TV, but fire investigators have not yet determined the cause. We’ll keep you updated.