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One dead in condo fire in Crown Hill

December 11th, 2012 · Comments

There was a massive Seattle Fire Department response to a apartment condo building at 8501 12th Ave. NW this evening.

According to the Seattle Fire Department Real Time 911 Dispatch, the call first came in at 7:35 p.m. Eleven minutes later, the fire department’s public information officer was called to the scene. And at 7:56 p.m., a fire department chaplain was called to the scene.

We have a call in to SFD and we will update this post when we know more.

Update 9:40 p.m.: We just heard from SFD PIO Kyle Moore, who tells us the flames were shooting eight feet from the front windows and across the deck of the second-floor unit when Engine 35 arrived on the scene. Firefighters kicked in the door and ran in with hoses, knocking the fire down in less than 5 minutes. The fire was contained to just one room of the condo.

Moore said firefighters found a man, who neighbors say was in his 40s, dead on a pull-out couch. His body was burned, but the King County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

The Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Squad was called in to investigate, which Moore said is normal procedure whenever there is a fatal fire. No one else was injured.

The four-story building on the northwest corner of 12th Avenue Northwest and NW 85th Street has 33 units. All residents were evacuated during the fire, but have since been let back in. Moore said the firefighters from Engine 35 did such a great job concentrating the water, that there was no water damage to any other units.

“We like to say that firefighters always do a great job, but three different chiefs told me that Engine Company 35 really did a great job,” he said.

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  1. Mike Perry says:

    Kicking in doors sounds heroic, but one Seattle firefighter told me that kicking or slamming into doors with a shoulder are not the way to go. They’re too likely to result in life-long injuries.

    The proper technique, if I understood him right, -is to lean your back heavily into the door to create pressure and then slam it hard with the sole of a foot.

    You may have to be big and strong to make that technique work, but it beats being injured and out of work for a week.

    I know. In a quasi emergency, I slammed my shoulder into the airlock door of a 80-foot-diameter inflated radar dome to break the seal and get inside quickly, so I could bring the radar back up. It worked, but that shoulder was sore for a week. The fire fighter technique would have been better.

  2. Judy Gunter says:

    Thank you and prayers to the Seattle firemen. My daughter lives in that building.

  3. Hinto says:

    Condolences to the deceased’s family.

  4. billy says:

    Why are the firefighters always patting themselves on the back?
    A man DIED in this fire. How is that a good job?

    Also, these guys are doing a well-paid job. Not like they’re volunteering.