Seattle Fire Department fights 2-alarm blaze in Lake City

May 10, 2023, 7:23 AM | Updated: 9:23 am

Lake City fire...

The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) was called to Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood Wednesday morning to fight a two-alarm fire at a vacant building. (Photo from KIRO 7)

(Photo from KIRO 7)

The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) was called to Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood Wednesday morning to fight a two-alarm fire at a vacant building.

Reports of a fire at NE 135th Street and Lake City Way NE came in just before 4:45 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters responded to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the building.

Seattle expands protections to firefighters, first responders

Around 5:11 a.m., Seattle Fire said it had escalated its response to a two-alarm fire in order to get additional resources.

Crews fought the fire at a distance from the building because the floors inside were thought to be unstable.

The fire happened at an unoccupied residential building no one had lived in for years, an SFD spokesperson said.

By around 6 a.m., the fire was under control, but crews will remain at the scene to watch for possible flare-ups.

Three ladder trucks, five fire trucks, and about 50 firefighters responded to the scene to help extinguish the flames.

Both directions of Lake City Way are closed between NE 137th and NE 135th streets.

No injuries have been reported yet, but firefighters could not immediately search the building because of high heat and smoke.

SFD has asked local area business owners to call 911 if they see anything suspicious and said people should secure doors and garbage bins as a precaution. Crews have reportedly been called to fires at the building before, but never for one this large.

KIRO 7 contributed to this report

Local News

lakewood helicopter...

KIRO 7 News Staff

Man posing as police officer fires gun at pair of military helicopters in Lakewood

A Pierce County man is facing charges after firing a stolen gun at military helicopters in Lakewood, all while posing as a police officer.

21 hours ago

seattle shooting Garfield suspects...

L.B. Gilbert

12-year-old escapes home, steals cell phone before same-day arrest

A 12-year-old girl has been charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree escape after stealing a cell phone at Round1 Bowling.

21 hours ago

molly moon's chop...

Sam Campbell

Molly Moon’s suing City of Seattle over losses from CHOP

Local ice cream maker Molly Moon's is suing the City of Seattle for losses it claims came from CHOP in the summer of 2020.

21 hours ago

carbon auction...

Frank Sumrall

WA’s second carbon auction nets $500M, gas prices could jump

Washington held its second carbon emission auction to allow gas and oil companies to bid for a limited amount of carbon emission allowances.

21 hours ago

i-90 bridge repair...

Micki Gamez

Eastside drivers will face traffic delays on I-90 during bridge repair

WSDOT plans to shut down multiple lanes east of Issaquah going westbound on I-90 for a bridge repair near the High Point Way interchange.

21 hours ago

summer wildfires...

Frank Sumrall

Sen. Cantwell: WA will be ‘epicenter of severe wildfires’ in summer

Sen. Maria Cantwell said Washington "will be the epicenter of severe regional wildfires [this summer]" and believes we need to be prepared.

21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

Men's Health Month...

Men’s Health Month: Why It’s Important to Speak About Your Health

June is Men’s Health Month, with the goal to raise awareness about men’s health and to encourage men to speak about their health.

Internet Washington...

Major Internet Upgrade and Expansion Planned This Year in Washington State

Comcast is investing $280 million this year to offer multi-gigabit Internet speeds to more than four million locations.

Compassion International...

Brock Huard and Friends Rally Around The Fight for First Campaign

Professional athletes are teaming up to prevent infant mortality and empower women at risk in communities facing severe poverty.

Seattle Fire Department fights 2-alarm blaze in Lake City