Investigators determine cause of deadly fire

Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean says investigators have determined that the cause of Saturday’s deadly fire in Fremont was caused by a foam mattress in a downstairs closet that was leaning against a light bulb. Dean says the fire was ruled accidental.

Our sister site,, was at the press conference held this afternoon by Chief Dean and has more information here.

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Wow, such a random thing with such devastating results.


This is so sad. I couldn’t help thinking about the family last night quite a bit. When I was a kid we had fire safety taught in every grade in grade and part of our homework was to prepare a fire safety plan with our families. I think there needs to be a lot more fire safety taught in our community again because if I hadn’t learned it as a kid I wouldn’t have realized that opening the windows would make the fire spread more quickly.