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Two houses burn in Magnolia

May 28th, 2009 · 49 Comments

UPDATE:  SEATTLE – The fire department tells us that they suspect the propane tank from a barbecue on the porch caused the fire that burned two houses on 36th Ave West this morning near Discovery Park.  Investigators are still on the scene of the fire that caused significant damage to both homes.

A big crowd of neighbors and the media watched as firefighters battled the blaze.

The TV station choppers also buzzed overhead watching the fire.

UPDATE:  A very large response by the Seattle Fire Department to a fire that broke out a little before 11am. 

Fire crews from Magnolia, Ballard, downtown and other parts of Seattle responded to the fire that caused what fire officials tell us is significant damage.

No one was hurt in the fire that spread from the back porch of one home to the neighboring house.  The house where the fire started suffered the most damage but the neighbor’s home also suffered quite a bit of damage to the roof and upper floor.

 The two homes that look alike were built two years ago on the street that borders Discovery Park.

Breaking news:  A fire that appears to have started with a back porch barbeque caused significant damage to two homes today in the 4400 block of 36th Ave West. 

More photos and details coming…. 

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  • HL

    It would be good for all of us who have propane tanks on our porch grills to know whether the tank in question there was in use when the fire started. Or was it dormant with the valve shut but the sun shining on it caused it to erupt?

  • Justin

    Yeah, I was wondering why that helicopter was circling around for so long. Can the sun really cause a propane tank to catch on fire? That’s pretty scary.

  • http://www.magnoliavoice.com Gladys

    HL and Justin,
    Neighbors tell us the resident of the home was starting up his bbq when the fire started. No indication that the fire was caused by the sun. The fire department is still investigating.
    Gladys

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    ??
    Is that a blog spam? Splog? Blam?

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    This is a good reminder for everyone who owns a grill to buy a fire extinguisher and store it near your grill.

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