2 children, 2 adults, dog found dead after Wallingford house fire

Sep 4, 2023, 10:06 AM

Wallingford fire...

Authorities found two adults and two children dead after a fire destroyed a house in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023. (Image courtesy of KIRO 7)

(Image courtesy of KIRO 7)

SEATTLE — Authorities found two adults and two children dead after a fire destroyed a house in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood on Saturday, according to Seattle Police.

Officers responding to a shooting at the intersection of North 48th Street and Whitman Avenue North found a home engulfed in flames.

Police arrived at the burning home around 8:40 a.m., where an 11-year-old child had escaped and called for help.

Police arrived to find the home engulfed in flames. Officers attempted to forcefully enter the home but the door was blocked.

Firefighters then began extinguishing the flames and ensured neighbors living to the east and west of the fire were safe.

However, because of the intensity of the flames, crews were forced to move away from the home and continue fighting the fire from a safe distance.

It took 45 minutes for crews to knock down the fire. When first responders entered the home, they found two dead adults along with a dead child, a dead infant, and a dead dog, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz and Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said in a news conference.

One of the adults was found in front of the house, while the other adult was found toward the back of the property.

Police have not yet confirmed the ages of the victims and do not currently know how the fire started.

Diaz said that one of their highest priorities is to make sure that the surviving child — the 11-year-old girl who was able to call for help — gets the resources she needs to recover from the traumatic event.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the child that is alive as well as those that are deceased,” said Diaz.” We are trying to make sure that the child does have a healthy recovery.”

Seattle Police officers will continue to work with Seattle Fire investigators to determine the cause of the fire and how the victims died.

MyNorthwest News

WA ferries summer reservations...

Associated Press

Ferry operators around the country to receive $200M in federal grants to modernize fleets

The Biden administration will issue $200 million in grants to modernize the country's ferry systems, officials announced Thursday.

19 minutes ago

north cascades highway...

L.B. Gilbert

North Cascades Highway to close Thursday for winter

In a sure sign that winter is here, the North Cascades Highway will close for the season Thursday night.

32 minutes ago

tacoma school teacher student austism...

Louie Tran, KIRO 7 News

Tacoma Public Schools teacher allegedly assaults student with autism

Haskins said his six-year-old son, Orion, who has autism and is non-verbal, was assaulted by his teacher multiple times at Skyline Elementary in Tacoma.

57 minutes ago

(Photo from KIRO 7)...

Jake Chapman, KIRO 7 News and KIRO 7 News Staff

‘A car is not worth anybody’s life’: Woman robbed at gunpoint outside Sumner Winco shares story

Sumner police are looking for two men they said assaulted a woman at gunpoint and stole her car.

3 hours ago

document snake river energy...

L.B. Gilbert

Leaked document details energy alternatives to Snake River dams

A document leaked from the Biden Administration details plans that the federal government is prepared to build clean energy projects in the Northwest in order to possibly replace power generated by dams on the Snake River.

4 hours ago


Bill Kaczaraba

Tacoma considers proposal that both cats and dogs will love

If you are a cat or dog, you might want to move to Tacoma.

4 hours ago

2 children, 2 adults, dog found dead after Wallingford house fire