Fire Investigators have determined the November 25th Public Storage fire (8 16th St NW) to be accidental. The most likely cause was electrical in nature. Three storage units sustained fire damage, approximately ten others sustained varying amounts of smoke damage. The fire originated in unit #530.
$170,000 worth of damage was done to the structure and unit contents. The affected units contained household items, including combustibles such as power tools, hand tools, and engine parts. The fire also damaged a truck, camper, car, and motorbike.
Three VRFA engines, two ladder trucks (Puget Sound Fire and South King Fire), two aid cars, King County Medic One, and a rehab unit from KCFD 23 worked at the fire scene. Crews worked aggressively and effectively to attack and put out the fire. “Fires in these type of occupancies can grow rapidly due to the material that might be in them. Our crews did a great job with stopping the fire spread,” said Ryan Chadwick, VRFA Public Information Officer.