Firefighters battle International District building fire

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 25 at 12:30 PM

Firefighters battled a stubborn building fire in the International District on Tuesday.

The fire started in the top floor of the three-story building in the 600 block of S King St. and spread throughout.

Firefighters took a defensive stance in fighting the fire, using multiple hose lines, including two aerials.

The 104-year-old building houses businesses on the ground floor. The top floors were vacant residential units. Fire officials confirmed that the building was the site of the Wah Mee massacre in 1983, where 13 people were murdered.

Officials also said that the building was on the city's dangerous building list.

Due to signs the building walls potentially could collapse, South King Street was shut down between Maynard Avenue South and 7th Avenue South. Fire apparatus located near the building were relocated outside the collapse zone.

No injuries were reported.

Seattle City Light reported that about 200 customers lost power due to the fire.

Residents in two apartment complexes across the alley and west of the fire were evacuated.

King County Metro provided a bus as a warming shelter for the 20 adults and 2 children who were initially evacuated from their homes. The Red Cross worked with the City of Seattle's Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Parks to set up a an overnight warming shelter.

The fire was declared under control at 10:23 p.m. Firefighters continued to battle the fire through the night and into the morning hours.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There is no loss estimate.

 

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