UPDATE AT 11:44 A.M. TUESDAY: Fire investigators have determined the fire was caused by an overheated electrical system in a locked minivan. The cause is being ruled as accidental.
A loud car explosion alarmed Ballard residents and businesses near the 2200 block of Northwest 58th Street Monday just before 10 p.m.
Emergency personnel were dispatched at 9:47 p.m. to the blaze. A QFC employee across the street said customers came in alarmed at what they had just seen and heard, and that smoke from the explosion was coming into the grocery store.
The car fire also spread to the outside of a nearby four-story building, causing about $5,000 in damage, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. Moore said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
According to emergency scanner traffic, one citizen reported hearing an argument between a couple of men before the explosion and someone yelling, “Don’t! Don’t!”
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