Seattle’s First Encampment Fire of 2023
No casualties or serious injuries at S. Lake Union camp. But this one near Space Needle has been cleared before. I’ve been tracking for months. City and outreach struggling to get in front of repeat situations.
Day after Christmas 2022, this one erupted at encampment off S. Rainier Ave/90E ramp on @WSDOT property. I tried to help. Campers in nearby tents were furious because it will now attract more scrutiny.
Back in October 2022, another fire at PROBLEMATIC homeless encampment on @WSDOT property in #Seattle‘s #Chinatown-ID. Inferno torched several tents. No injuries but biz owners are furious and want #WSDOT to SWEEP.
Even Seattle PD Calling Out WSDOT
I’ve obtained this email sent out by police to a concerned #Chinatown-ID community. Bottom line, when will @WSDOT clear this encampment? It’s been on state highway property for months.