Seattle firefighters were called to battle a large blaze that began shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday in a commercial building in the Chinatown International District.
Residents near the fire, at 815 S. Weller St., were advised by the Fire Department on Twitter to close their windows and doors to avoid smoke exposure.
No injuries were reported from the fire, which was declared under control by 7 a.m.
Drifting smoke across nearby freeways forced some temporary ramp closures, according to the state Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The onramp from Spring Street in Seattle to southbound Interstate 5 and the distributor ramp from southbound Interstate 5 to eastbound Interstate 90 were closed due to smoke.
WSDOT said people who need to get to the Eastside should use I-405 or Highway 520.
The majority of the blaze had been knocked down around 6 p.m., said fire spokesperson David Cuerpo, but a few units remained on scene to monitor for hot spots.
While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Cuerpo said, officials don’t suspect it was intentionally set. No further information, including about estimated damages, was available Thursday night.