Fire near Seattle downtown camp

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jul 25, 2022

A late night fire near a camp in downtown Seattle. No injuries were reported in the Friday evening fire which occurred at the intersection of Mercer Street on Fairview Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. The Seattle Fire Department is still looking for what started the fire and who to interview who may have information. A single tent burned with a report of damage also to a nearby electrical box.

Reports show that the cause of the fire has not been determined. The camp is located on land owned by the City of Seattle, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The city has the responsibility to clean up the small number of tents that have taken root there.

There are also problems inside and near other camps. A thief has broken into the home of a Seattle family, not once, but multiple times over the past 30 days. Now the family do not feel safe in their own home and say a nearby homeless encampment could be the reason for the rise in burglaries. The most recent burglary happened Friday night in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.

The statistics are clear. Eattle Police crime data showed there had been 174 burglaries in the Beacon Hill neighborhood so far in 2022. Hirsch said his neighbors were also recent victims – their cars were broken into and some of their catalytic converters were also stolen.

The mayor’s office explained, “The unified care team meets regularly to determine which encampments will be treated next, taking into account the capacity of city resources and various factors, including shelter availability, impact on public space and natural environment, pedestrian access, pending construction, public safety incidents and verified SPD and SFD data, and more.