In the early morning hours of February 25th, 911 dispatchers for the Seattle Fire Alarm Center received multiple calls about a 2-story apartment building fire in the 3600 block of Woodland Park Ave. N., in the Fremont/Wallingford neutral zone. Three engine units arrived to find visible flames and heavy smoke coming from the front-left side of the building’s first and second floors. According to the SFD Fireline Blog:
“…firefighters evacuated the entire building and made entry into the second floor, however they confirmed the seat of the fire was directly below them. Additional crews made entry into a first-floor apartment unit and were able to get water on the fire from both inside and outside of the building.
“After ten minutes on scene, firefighters reported the first-floor ceiling and stairwell was starting to burn up through to the second floor. Firefighters were able to knockdown the main body of the fire within twenty minutes on scene, and began digging out hotspots within the walls, ceiling and void spaces. The fire was fully extinguished by 5:27 a.m.
“The incident is under investigation, and no injuries were reported. The Red Cross was activated for several displaced residents.”
There is more to this story, in that many of the 17 residents lost all of their belongings in the incident. Some of those that did not, suffered the terrible insult of having their exposed dwellings looted multiple times, and now are reportedly dealing with a reluctant management company for assistance and support. Those Wallyhood readers who still maintain diplomatic relations with Facebook can read some of the personal accounts in the Wallingford and Fremont Community group. There are also links to GoFundMe campaigns started on behalf of the displaced residents, two of which we share here.