Patrick Robinson
Fire units responded to a house fire on the 1700 block of 46th Ave. S.W. on the afternoon of Feb. 19. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down within 20 minutes and believe the fire started in an electrical panel.

Electrical surge preceded West Seattle house fire

Seattle Fire responded to a house fire call on the 1700 block of 46th Ave. S.W. at 4:16 p.m. on Feb. 19. It was called in by a neighbor who noticed a power surge just before the fire broke out next door, visible by flickering lights and electronic devices.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within 20 minutes and there were no reported injuries.

The SFD incident commander on scene said the fire originated in the home’s electrical panel but that the power was partially detached from the house.

SFD said Seattle Public Utilities was investigating the possible power surge.

We’ll update when more details become available.

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