Woman dies in West Seattle apartment fire


by KING 5 News


Posted on April 15, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 12:27 PM

SEATTLE -- A woman was killed in an apartment fire in West Seattle Tuesday.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 7500 block of 24th Avenue SW just before 4:30 a.m.

Seattle Fire Department tweeted that the victim was found in the bedroom of her burning apartment.

Firefighters contained the fire to the bedroom. A hallway sprinkler activated due to the fire.

When the building alarm went off, neighbors rushed outside and saw water pouring from under the door of the apartment.

"I pounded on the door and I opened it. As soon as I opened it, I got filled with black smoke. I'm like, oh no. So I closed it, because I knew if she was in there, there was no way," said Dora Blackburn, victim's neighbor. "Once the fire department opened up the door, it just covered the whole building with smoke."

"Firefighters couldn't even see their hands in front of their faces, searched the unit. They were able to find a deceased female on the floor of the bedroom in her unit, and apparently the bed was charred," said Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore.

Neighbors say the victim wasn't a smoker. As investigators try to determine the cause, they have no reason to believe this is anything but a terrible accident.

Firefighters contained the fire to just one room, but there's water damage in the unit below. The Red Cross is providing the woman who lives there with temporary housing.

The cause of the fire was not immediately released.