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Two RVs Explode in Crown Hill Neighborhood

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RV Explosion Update

Authorities say Sunday afternoon, two RV’s parked on 8th Ave NW went up in flames in the Crown Hill hood. This is a stretch right underneath the Holman Rd NW overpass. No injuries. Neighbors say they heard propane tanks explode and possibly ammunition. They also say drug deals happen out of the RV’s on the regular. The city along with Councilmember Dan Strauss (@CMDanStrauss) are aware of the situation and have already cleared this encampment several months ago. But the Seattle Department of Transportation (@seattledot) is struggling to keep up with enforcement.

Last check, there were 5 RV’s total parked here and several tents. Unclear when the city will move in to sweep. Some neighbors are now talking about bringing in eco-blocks to prevent RV’s from coming back. This is of course illegal and can lead to a $2K fine if caught. But residents here say damned if you do, damned if you don’t. This is now all part of the equation if you want to live in #Seattle. Where’s the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (@KingCoRHA?) Crazy drain on Seattle Fire (@SeattleFire) and Seattle Police (@seattlepd) resources.


RV explosion under bridge on Holman Rd NW in Crown Hill. Near Carkeek Park and Blue Ridge Apts. It’s an area always packed with homeless campers living in tents and vehicles. Cause unclear. Seattle Fire (@SeattleFire) on scene dealing with flames. Stay away from area.


Two RV’s parked on 8th Ave NW under Holman Rd NW went up in flames Sunday afternoon. No injuries. All under control. Witnesses heard propane tanks exploding. I have a recap coming up. Neighbors calling on Councilmember Dan Strauss (@CMDanStrauss) to clear these tents and RV’s. Some homeless accused of drug dealing out of vehicles. #Seattle

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.