Dog rescued from apartment fire

About five hours after this morning’s apartment fire at 24th Ave. NW and 67th St., firefighters were called three blocks away for a “food on the stove” fire in an apartment unit at 24th Ave. NW and 64th St.

The fire was small, but it gave off a lot of heavy smoke. When Ladder 8 firefighters entered the unit, “Lieutenant Fenstermaker found this pup scared and hiding in the back room, and brought it outside to safety,” Seattle Fire said. “We love animals at Seattle Fire!”

Fortunately there were no injuries, human or canine.

(Photo from the Seattle Fire Department)

Firefighters knock down apartment fire on 24th

10 a.m. An unattended candle was to blame for this morning’s apartment fire, according to investigators. The Red Cross responded to assist three women who lived there. The estimated loss is $120,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents inside.

4:15 a.m. Just before 4 a.m., firefighters responded to 6746 24th Ave. NW for a report of a building fire. When they arrived, they saw flames visible from an apartment building.

A few minutes later, the blaze was under control. There’s no report of any injuries.

Six engines and four ladder trucks responded to the blaze. A fire investigator will be looking into the cause. We’ll update with any new information.

(Photo from JL posted in the My Ballard Facebook Group.)

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.