No injuries were reported in the fire, and crews don’t think anyone was inside the warehouse when they responded.
A large fire burned through a vacant warehouse in Southeast Seattle early Sunday, spewing heavy smoke into a nearby residential neighborhood.
Firefighters responded just after 5:05 a.m. to the fire in the 1700 block of 22nd Avenue South, just south of Interstate 90, initially to a report that there was a fire inside a building, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Kristin Tinsley said. But as soon as crews arrived, they saw smoke and flames and called for extra firefighters.
They fought the fire defensively from outside the building, because it wasn’t safe to enter, Tinsley said. A video posted to the department’s Twitter feed showed flames and black smoke shooting up from above the roof.
No one was injured in the fire, and crews think the building was vacant, Tinsley said. The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.
Tinsley said people living in the area, north of Beacon Hill, were asked to shut their windows after the fire was reported. The warehouse is next to several blocks of single-family homes.
“There was a lot of heavy smoke in the area,” Tinsley said. You “could see smoke from a lot of areas in the city.”
Fire Department Capt. Shata Stephenson said the department has responded to numerous small blazes in the building, mostly “warming fires” set by homeless living in the structure.
In all, 10 engine companies, five ladder trucks and additional crews were able to mostly extinguish the blaze.