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Fire erupts at Queen Anne home

SEATTLE — A fire severely damaged one home and spread to two others in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood Monday night, April 1, before firefighters put out the blaze. No one was seriously injured, but 10 residents were displaced, authorities said.

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SEATTLE — A fire that destroyed one home and damaged two others in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood Monday night was intentionally set, the Seattle Fire Department said Tuesday.

“We believe someone ignited those combustible materials. The evidence doesn’t show that this was an accidental fire,” said Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department.

The Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Squad is trying to determine if the fire was the work of an arsonist.

Nancy Cooper is still in a state of shock after what happened at about 8:15 p.m. Monday. “I heard banging on my window and looked out and there was a wall of flames in my face,” said Cooper.

She was one of 10 people displaced after a two-alarm fire in the 700 block of Warren Ave. in Queen Anne. The fire erupted in the back area of one home and then spread to two others, firefighters said. The fire severely damaged the first home.

“We were sitting in the living room and noticed an orange glow in the back windows, and we looked out the back and realized the garage was on fire,” said Amy Jennings.

Jennings called 911 and people who live in the homes nearby started scrambling.

“I was pretty worried.  I tried to get important stuff out, like my passport, and then we moved our cars,” said Elias Lukman.

arsonEveryone made it out safely and crews had the fire put out within 90 minutes. Investigators said they believe the fire started in a shed behind the first home. That shedwas filled with trash and other combustibles, including an old Christmas tree.

One of the homes is a total loss with more than $500,000 in damage. Contractors were on scene all day trying to determine if the other two homes are going to be livable.  Some of the tenants are staying with family while others are in a hotel provided by the Red Cross.

SEATTLE — A fire severely damaged one home and spread to two others in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood Monday night before firefighters put out the blaze. No one was seriously injured, but 10 residents were displaced, authorities said.

Tuesday morning, investigators said the fire was intentionally set. The Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Squad is investigating, and are trying to determine if the fire was the work of arson.

The fire was first reported at 8:15 p.m., and arriving firefighters found a two-story home at 714 Warren Ave N. ablaze, said Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. He added that the flames appeared to be coming from the basement and then had spread to two other houses.

fire1It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get control of the fire. The home that first caught fire suffered serious damage and appears to be a total loss, Moore said. The damage to the home was estimated to be $500,000. The other two homes suffered less damage and the damage was estimated to be $30,000 for each home.

Moore said one person hurt his ankle running out of his house and a bystander slightly hurt a hand while trying to help put out the initial fire.

It appeared the fire started in the back of the first house and moved forward. Officials said there were multiple combustibles inside the garage that caught fire, including an old Christmas tree and other materials.

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