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Fatal fire in Greenwood overnight

October 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Seattle Firefighters found a dead man inside a burning duplex in Greenwood early Sunday morning.

SFD Public Information Officer Kyle Moore tells me that firefighters arrived on the scene at North 105th Street and Greenwood Avenue North about 3:30 this morning. They found heavy black smoke pouring from a two-story duplex. When they opened the lower unit’s door, they found intense flames, and piles of combustible material all around the unit.

About 10 feet inside the door, they found the body of a man. Another man was found in the upstairs unit; he was treated for smoke inhalation.

It took firefighters 30 minutes to get the fire out. Moore says the bottom unit did not have a working smoke detector, and the battery had been taken out of the smoke detector in the upstairs unit.

Investigators determined the accidental fire was caused by a pinched electrical cord in the bedroom. Damage is estimated at $150,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents.

Moore says the King County Medical Examiner should have a cause of the man’s death on Monday.

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