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Seattle Facing Growing Risk From Encampment Fires

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Tuesday evening, massive RV INFERNO in #Seattle‘s Wallingford neighborhood. Everyone got out safe. Owner of vehicle says he was trying to stay warm when propane tank exploded. @SeattleFire saved day. Neighbors came by w/blankets.

RV’s Remain Liability

There are multiple RV’s parked across street from Wallingford post office. Neighbors have complained to city for months with ZERO action. Not just about fire risks, but more crime linked to campers. More thefts+gas being siphoned from parked cars.

Major Drain

#Seattle Fire Dept. released latest list of encampment-related fires+medical responses for people experiencing homelessness for 2020, 2021 and 2022. All approximates. Volume spiking each year.

Seattle’s First Encampment Fire of 2023

On Jan 3, no casualties or serious injuries at S. Lake Union camp. But this one near Space Needle been cleared before. City+outreach struggling to get in front of repeat situations.

More Incidents This Year

On Jan. 5, cops got call for “incendiary device” at Capitol Hill encampment. Ended up being guy burning fire to stay warm. Camps remain major liability and drain on city.

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Day after Christmas 2022, this one erupted at encampment off S. Rainier Ave/90E ramp on @WSDOT property. Campers in nearby tents were furious because it will now attract more scrutiny.

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Tuesday night’s fire also knocked out internet at UW Medical and Harborview. Unclear to what extent but it is being repaired. Fiber is above ground. Fire was large and hot enough to damage fiber circuit owned and maintained by City of #Seattle.