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Vacant building in Seattle Chinatown catches on fire

The Seattle Fire Department received reports of a fire in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District this morning, KOMO News reports. Within minutes, the classification was upgraded to a two-alarm fire to request additional resources.

The 911 call reporting the fire described heavy smoke coming up from a vacant warehouse located on the 1000 block on King Street, according to a report from the fire department. Upon arrival on scene, firefighters implemented a defensive strategy involving spraying water onto the fire from a safe distance.

“Firefighters are outside the building because it’s not safe for them to go inside right now,” a member of the fire department told MyNorthwest. “It’s an exposed roof truss, which means high heat can help melt that area causing it to collapse. The fire has broken through the roof. And so we are now in a defensive position for water on the fire from a safe distance away from the building.”

Electricity was shut down in the area as a safety precaution. No injuries have been reported, and the fire did not spread to adjacent buildings before it was declared under control about three hours after the 911 call came in. As of publication, the cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation.

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