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Grease fire at Rickshaw Restaurant in Greenwood Saturday night

March 25th, 2012 · Comments

KING 5 reports that the Rickshaw Restaurant in north Greenwood had a grease fire Saturday night. According to KING’s story, a grease fire erupted in the kitchen at 322 N. 105th St. around 11 p.m., while patrons were singing karaoke. No one was injured.

Update Monday 1:45 p.m.: Here’s more info from Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line blog:

Seattle Firefighters quick actions contained a fire to the kitchen of a North Seattle restaurant Saturday Night. Around 11 p.m., an employee of the business in the 300 block of North 105th Street called to report a fire in the range hood of the eatery.

Engine Company 31 arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof vents of the 2-story restaurant. All of the employees and approximately 40 customers safely evacuated from the business by the time firefighters arrived.

Firefighters made entry into the smoke-filled restaurant’s kitchen and knocked down the flames within 15 minutes of arriving. Due to their quick actions, firefighters were able to contain the flames to about a 15-foot-area of the kitchen.

A Seattle Fire Investigator is calling the fire an accidental fire caused by food on the stove that ignited grease in the range hood. The damage estimate is $25,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents.

There were no injuries.

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  1. Dave says:

    Usually not a bad place to go if it is getting late and you are willing to lower your standards a bit.

  2. Anne says:

    One too many drinks with umbrellas in them and ladies lower their standards too, bucko.

  3. Ruby says:

    Speak for yourself, Anne (silly me–I thought Dave was talking about the food). Personally, I go for the psychic :).

  4. Whopper says:

    Grease fire? Isn’t that one of their most popular dishes?

  5. Phinney Mom says:

    Karaoke? Oh I’m sorry, I thought this was Phinney Ridge not the International District.

  6. OnTheGreen says:

    Phinney Mom, guess you don’t get out much anymore, huh?

    Isn’t there another karaoke place right next to the Safeway? 7 nights a week, I believe!

    Maybe you should get a sitter and try to have a little fun.

  7. JLW says:

    Phinney Mom, really? there are at least three places with kraoke in greenwood, but your from Phinney so stay classy there.

  8. Anne says:

    Stay classy? At least she can spell.

  9. Anne says:

    Even my third grader knows the difference between your and you’re.

  10. Ricardo says:

    “caused by food on the stove that ignited grease in the range hood”


  11. Well! says:

    Phinney Mom,

    A bit racist in your remarks.

  12. Sharon says:

    Karaoke is un-American?

    What if they sing Neil Diamond?

  13. Phinneyhardwood says:

    Sweeeeeeeeet Caroliiiiiiiiiiiiiiine DA DA DUM Good Times Never Felt So Gooddddddd

  14. Phinneyhardwood says:

    AHHH A FIRE!!! A FIRE!! DA DA DUM Good Times Never Felt o AHHHH A FIRE A FIRE Sweeet Caroline DA DA DUM

  15. Greenwood says:

    Whopper, I take back everything I’ve said about you over the years, compared to newbies on here, you’re the love of my life.

  16. JJ says:

    As someone who has walked by it on a semi-regular basis, I’m surprised the rest of the houses didn’t catch fire too due to the grease. It’s an entertaining place but food isn’t one of their strengths. The bowling alley was still the best for karaoke!

  17. Wtf says:

    Phinney Mom may actually be a crazier rightwing nutjob than Whopper. Impressive.

  18. Whopper says:


    Keepin’ it old skool, Greenwood.

  19. William says:

    It’s pretty amazing how fast those things spread. A bar in my college town burned out completely because of a fire that started in the kitchen. They had to tear the whole place down.