Seattle, Washington – One Firefighter Injured in Three-Alarm Business FireRequest Free Consultation
Seattle, Washington (October 7, 2019) – One firefighter sustained minor injuries while responding to a fire at the 2300 block of Northwest Market Street on Monday. The firefighter was taken to Harborview Medical Center, and there has been no further word on their condition. No other injuries were reported in the incident, but three businesses have been considered a total loss due to heavy damage.
The fire was first reported around 12 p.m. Around 12:50 p.m. the fire was upgraded to three alarms, with more than 150 firefighters responding to the scene. The cause of the fire has been undetermined, but the Seattle Fire Department reported the fire was likely caused by an overheated electrical.
We commend the firefighters for their response and wish the injured firefighter a speedy recovery. Like any other structure, commercial buildings must be checked for fire safety. Most if not all the steps in fire safety involve securing the area of one’s business or residence. It is also important to make sure that possible combustible materials are discarded properly or at the very least kept away from buildings. They also urge owners of buildings to review fire safety and make sure that an escape plan is formulated in case of fire.
Much like fire safety in other types of buildings, there are different factors which can add or detract the risk of a fire breaking out. The structure and materials that a building is made out of should be assessed for fire safety before construction. It is also advised that all buildings should be equipped with proper fire suppression tools and detection devices such as fire alarms and smoke alarms. Taking these simple steps should help prevent or lessen the risk of fire. Like with all accidents, the effects of fire are dreadful, including property damage and loss as well as injuries or even fatalities. Fire safety is then not only consideration for one’s self, but also consideration for others.