All are safe and in new homes after tragic fire

By Seattle Housing Authority

SHA is still assessing whether one of the Lam Bow apartment buildings in West Seattle can be rebuilt or whether it will be declared a total loss.

SHA is still assessing whether one of the Lam Bow apartment buildings in West Seattle can be rebuilt or whether it will be declared a total loss.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, a fire broke out at a Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) property, the Lam Bow apartments in West Seattle. With help from SHA staff and a Seattle police officer who was nearby, all 46 adults and children home at the time escaped safely.

Seattle Fire Department responded to the three-alarm fire with more than 100 firefighters, joined by dozens of Seattle Police Department officers. There are two buildings at Lam Bow and, through the efforts of these responders, the fire was contained to just one and did not affect any other neighboring homes or buildings.

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Firefighters work to put out the Sept. 27 fire that swept through a Lam Bow apartment building in West Seattle.

The Red Cross sent volunteers to the site of the fire to work with residents on emergency housing and other needs. The Red Cross established an emergency shelter site at a nearby community center and provided cots, food and other services to many of the residents. Others had family, friends or other resources to take them in.

SHA concentrated its efforts on getting new housing quickly for residents affected by the fire. SHA staff worked closely with residents to determine their specific needs in a new residence, including number of bedrooms, proximity to schools and access to jobs, so that SHA could place residents in new homes that met their needs. All of the households had new homes or offers of new homes within two weeks and the emergency shelter closed on Oct. 7.

Community members expressed interest in helping displaced residents with financial assistance and donations of food, kitchenware, bedding, clothing and other necessities to replace what may have been lost in the fire.

SHA coordinated with local community organizations to identify a process by which donations could be received and distributed directly to residents. On its website and through media, SHA announced details of how people can help. Financial donations are being accepted on SHA’s website at www.seattlehousing.org. Thanks to a generous contribution from a local nonprofit, the Biella Foundation, all donations will be matched.

The Seattle Fire Department concluded that the fire started on the exterior of the building but their investigation did not determine exactly what ignited the flames. SHA is still assessing whether the building can be rebuilt or whether it will be declared a total loss.

 

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