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Fears of collapse remain for historic building after fire

intfireSEATTLE — Firefighters remain on the scene of a building ravaged by fire on Christmas Eve in the International District.

The building, located in the 660 block of South King Street is still considered to be dangerous and could collapse. The fire broke out shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Fire crews battled heavy smoke and flames for hours.

As of Thursday morning, crews still haven’t been able to get inside of the building to try and determine a cause.

The building is 104 years old and after the fire broke out, bricks were falling off the structure prompting fire crews to evacuate 46 residents from nearby buildings. Firefighters are now monitoring the building for any possible flare ups and are awaiting engineers to arrive to determine the stability of the building.

The building does have a notorious past. It was the site of one of the worst massacres in Seattle’s history.  In 1983, 14 people were shot, 13 died.

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