Home under construction catches fire at 24th and Norman

Photos by Sebastian Garrett-Singh

Photos by Sebastian Garrett-Singh

An under-construction home at 24th and Norman caught fire early Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported, and investigators are still working to determine the cause.

Flames from the 24th and Norman fire could be seen from several blocks away, according to firefighters.

One house nearby had to be evacuated when embers fell on its roof, but firefighters put out the fire and the residents were allowed back inside.

We will update when we learn more.

Concept image from the BCH website

Concept image from the BCH website

UPDATE: The townhomes were being built by Benjamin Custom Homes. Here’s the project description:

The site consist of three modern highly efficient green homes with approximately 2500sf of modern living, attached parking and private roof-top deck with views of the Seattle skyline.

From the fire department:

Seattle Firefighters knocked down a house fire in a Judkins Park construction site in 7 minutes.

The initial 911 call came in at 12:28 a.m. reporting flames coming from a single family home located at the corner of South Norman Street and 24th Avenue South. While responding to the scene, fire officers could see the flames shooting into the night sky from several blocks away.

Engine 6 arrived first to find a full involved 3-story home that was under construction. Flames from the home were exposing to a second under construction house. Using multiple hose lines, firefighters were able to control the flames in 7 minutes. Embers from the fire landed on a nearby houses roof causing a temporary evacuation of the residents. The residents were eventually allowed back in.

The fire also damaged a piece of construction equipment, a port-a-potty and burned through a power line to a home. There were no reported injuries.

Due to the extensive damage to the structure fire investigators were not able to get inside to make a determination of the cause of the fire. The fire will remain under investigation. In the morning, fire investigators will return to the scene to try and determine the cause and damage estimates.

Firefighters will be conducting an overnight fire watch to make sure the embers don’t reignite in the home.

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