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Seattle crews fighting fire in vacant Borracchini's Bakery building

The fire is under control, however, crews will remain at the scene overnight to fully extinguish it.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) is battling a fire on Rainier Avenue South and South Walker Street. 

The fire broke out in the vacant Borracchini's Bakery building, which shut down after 100 years in business in 2021. Flames could be spotted coming through the roof of the building on SkyKing video. One wall of the building has partially collapsed.

The fire is currently under control, however, a few units will remain at the scene overnight to fully extinguish it. 

One firefighter sustained minor injuries while working on the scene. They were taken to Harborview Medical Center for further care, according to the fire department.

People who live or work nearby the fire are asked to close their windows and doors due to thick smoke billowing from the building, SFD said. 

Crews are in a "defensive position" preparing to pour water on the fire from outside the building, according to SDF.

SFD first tweeted about the fire around 3:45 p.m. on Friday.  

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Paul Purcell, who lives nearby, said the fire in Borracchini's building is another blow to the neighborhood. 

“It’s a sad loss for the neighborhood. A bigger loss was losing the business during the pandemic," Purcell said. "But you can see what’s happening around this neighborhood, apartments are coming up and small buildings are coming down.”

Borracchini's Bakery was a Seattle institution before it had to shut down in 2021, citing a decrease in demand for cakes. 

“This was a real landmark. I’ve been on the hill for 47 years took my kids here for birthday parties and buying birthday cakes," Purcell said. "It’s a real loss for the neighborhood.”

   

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