At 9:43 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, the Northshore Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 8400 block of NE Bothell Way. Firefighters discovered large amounts of dark smoke coming from an open door of a two-story, single-family residence. A small fire in the garage was located and quickly extinguished.
The occupant discovered the fire, safely evacuated and called 911. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. Fire damage was limited to the garage with smoke damage throughout the structure.
A King County fire investigator determined the cause as accidental due to the improper disposal of oily refinishing rags. The rags burst into flames as a result of spontaneous combustion, a slow process that can take several hours of decomposition/oxidation with heat building up to a point of ignition.
At 9:55 p.m. on Monday, June 20, the Northshore Fire Department was dispatched to reports of two houses on fire in the 18600 block of 22nd Place NE.
A second alarm was requested as firefighters were in route. Upon arrival, firefighters reported that the garage of a two-story home, and a car parked in front of the garage were fully involved. Explosions were coming from the car parked outside, and from the car inside the garage. The fire broke through a side garage window, and the radiant heat from the fire ignited the house next door, sending flames up the side of the house and into the roof eaves; firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. The fully involved garage and car fire was knocked down in approximately 20 minutes. Firefighters were on scene for 4½ hours.The home’s smoke alarm had activated. The occupants of both homes safely evacuated, and all occupants and pets were uninjured. There were no reported firefighter injuries.
The fire severely damaged the garage, extended into the attic and caused smoke damage throughout the house. The neighboring home sustained exterior fire damage.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the King County Fire Investigation Unit.