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December 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

UPDATE: Building that burned was site of Wah Mee massacre, SFD says

Fire on the third floor of a building in Seattle's International District (Seattle Fire Department photo)

Fire on the third floor of a building in Seattle’s International District (Seattle Fire Department photo)

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m. | The fire is now officially “under control,” said Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. But firefighters will continue to pump water into the building throughout the night, he said.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m. | Here’s a link to our full story on the fire.

UPDATE, 6 p.m. | The building was the site of the 1983 Wah Mee massacre, fire officials say. In the early morning hours of Feb. 19, 1983, three men hogtied, robbed and shot 14 people inside the illegal Wah Mee gambling club. Thirteen people died, one survived.

UPDATE, 5:33 p.m. | A power outage in South Seattle wasn’t caused by the International District fire, City Light says. A car hit one of the utility’s power poles, and that is believed to be the cause. The outage initially affected about 4,200 customers, City Light said. It has been restored to all but about 628 customers.

The fire is affecting only about 208 customers’ power, it says.

UPDATE, 4:58 p.m. | Firefighters have evacuated people within a block of the burning building, according to Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

The structure is on the city’s list of dangerous buildings, because it is old and mostly vacant, Moore said. There is some concern that it could collapse. For that reason, firefighters have not entered the building, he said.

There are shops at street level, says reporter Brian M. Rosenthal.

Moore says there have been no reports of injuries, and the fire likely originated on the top floor of the three story building.

ORIGINAL POST | The Seattle Fire Department is fighting a fire on South King Street in Seattle near the stadiums, according to its Twitter account.

The Fire Department reports flames shooting through the roof of an abandoned three-story building in the 600 block. Firefighters are evacuating the building and using  aerial hoses line to knock down the fire.

Reporter Brian M. Rosenthal reports that hundreds of people are watching the firefighters work.

The state Department of Transportation warns drivers to avoid the area.

We will update this post as information becomes available.

Fighting the fire with aerial hoses (Brian M. Rosenthal / The Seattle Times)

Fighting the fire with aerial hoses (Brian M. Rosenthal / The Seattle Times)

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