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September 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Capitol Hill apartment fire caused by smoking materials

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Flames can be seen coming from an apartment building on Capitol Hill (Photo by Shannon McClatchey)

 

Update at 3:34 p.m.: Residents of five of the units were displaced due to water damage in their apartments, said fire spokesman Kyle Moore, adding that the Red Cross was called in to aid those people. Moore said that the building does have a sprinkler system, correcting earlier information that it did not.

Moore did not find any record of an earlier fire at the building, though firefighters responded to two automatic fire alarms on the same day in June 2013. In August 2013, there was a fire at the apartment building next to the one that burned Thursday. That fire was also caused by improperly discarded smoking material on the exterior deck of one of the units and caused $65,000 in damages.

Update at 1:57 p.m.: Seattle Fire Department says the cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials on the rooftop deck.

Damage estimate is $25,000 to the roof, with an undetermined amount of damages caused by water.

Update at 12:35 p.m.: Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire at a Capitol Hill apartment building.

While the fire is contained, Seattle firefighters are still battling a few hot spots, said spokesman Kyle Moore. He confirmed there were no injuries and that the fire started on a rooftop deck. Residents were getting out of the building on their own as the first units arrived to find flames and a large column of black smoke coming from the deck, he said.

Moore said the fire was reported at 11:51 a.m. and was contained by 12:20 p.m. He said the department threw a lot of resources at the blaze because of the age of the building, which has no sprinklers.

Firefighters will likely check whether smoking may have been the cause. Some building residents said smoking is not allowed on the rooftop deck.

Update at 12:27 p.m.: Firefighters have contained the fire at a Capitol Hill apartment building.

Residents at the scene said all of the building’s occupants were evacuated safely.

“Everyone is out. Everyone is OK,” said Kate Johnson, 33, who lives on the third floor of the five-story building.

The fire at the Carroll Apartments appears to have started on a rooftop deck, witnesses said.

Original post: Seattle firefighters are battling an apartment building fire on Capitol Hill.

The fire is reported at 305 Bellevue Ave. E., just east of Interstate 5. Black smoke can be seen pouring from the building, according to witnesses.

There are no immediate reports of injuries.

We’ll update this post as soon as we have more details.

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