A ladder truck had it extended up to the roof of the Montridge Apartments in the 9000 block of 20th s.w. Thursday afternoon as the SFD came to extinguish an apartment fire. The flames were restricted to one apartment.
UPDATE: South Delridge apartment fire contained to one room; no injuries
$45,000 in damages caused by accidental fire
Update for 5:25 p.m.
Here is the summation of events from today's South Delridge apartment fire from the Seattle Fire Department:
August 2—Seattle Firefighters aggressive attack contained a fire to one room at a four floor apartment complex in West Seattle.
At 12:57 p.m. a 911 call came into the Fire Alarm Center reporting smoke coming from the top floor of the apartment building located at 9000 20th Avenue SW. Engine Company 11 arrived and found heavy black smoke coming from the top floor unit. Ladder Company 3 forced entry into the locked apartment and began knocking down the flames. Firefighters carried a hose line to the apartment and knocked down the flames within 15 minutes of arriving.
The apartment was unoccupied and the other residents self evacuated.
A Seattle Fire Investigator determined the fire was an accidental fire. The cause is most likely a lamp in the bedroom. The damage estimates are 35 thousand dollars to the structure and 10 thousand dollars to the contents.
The occupant was reunited with her pet cat that was locked inside the apartment during the fire.
At 12:57 on Aug. 2, Seattle Fire received a call of black smoke billowing out of an apartment window at 9000 20th Ave S.W. in South Delridge.
Firefighters used a ladder to enter the apartment and found no occupants inside, according to SFD spokesman Kyle Moore. They were able to contain and subdue the fire in one room and did not have to evacuate the entire building.
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The woman living in the apartment left shortly before the fire began, and she told investigators she may have left something electronic on.
The victim has a cat and investigators are still trying to find it (Moore said there are several “survivable spaces” and it may just be tucked away for the time being).
Fire investigators will assess the fire for an official cause and estimated damages. SFD will talk with the victim about a place to stay and involve Red Cross if necessary.
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