Update at 4:02 p.m.: The cause of the fire is under investigation, the fire department said. Investigators haven’t been able to go inside the building because of hazardous material and the building’s strucutural integrity.
Update at 3:37 p.m.: The fire department says the fire was declared extinguished as of 3:15 p.m. Twelve workers were evacuated from the building safely. No initial estimate of damage.
UPDATE at 2:20 p.m. The fire was in a one-story concrete building that does metal finishing work, according to Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department. There were no reports of injuries, but the fire, reported at 12:53 p.m., took more than an hour to control.
A column of heavy smoke came out of the top of the building, and flames from the side. Businesses around the area were evacuated, and at least a couple have reported damage, Moore said.
The first fire units on the site called for an increased response because of the flames. Eventually there were 30 firefighting rigs at the site and more than 100 firefighters.
At this time, firefighters don’t know the cause. Fire investigators are talking with business owners to learn what chemicals might have been in the building and what could have been involved in the fire, according to Moore.
Streets are closed in all directions, and crews are still putting water on the fires.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m. | Firefighters have knocked down the blaze and are now battling hot spots.
ORIGINAL POST: The Seattle Fire Department is responding to a huge fire in the Fremont area.
According to Seattle police, the fire is at Asko Processing, 434 N. 35th St. Heavy smoke and flames are coming from the building.
The fire was reported at 12:51 p.m.
Seattle police are rerouting traffic. North 35th Street and North 36th Street between Evanston Avenue North and Phinney Avenue North are closed, police said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
According to the company’s website, the Asko Group plates, paints, repairs or re-conditions metal parts for aerospace, electronics and industrial applications. As a result, the fire is being treated as a hazardous materials incident.
This post will be updated.