SEATTLE – A firefighter was injured and a string of businesses were destroyed when a three-alarm fire raged for hours Monday afternoon in Ballard.
The fire started around 12 p.m. in the 2300 block of NW Market Street. Shortly after it was upgraded to two alarms. Around 12:50 p.m., it was upgraded to three alarms.
Seattle Fire Department tweeted around 3:30 p.m. that the fire was under control and crews will be on scene throughout the night to monitor any hot spots.
The businesses in the building were evacuated as the fire continued to spread.
Video from Chopper 7 video embedded below shows firefighters battling flames on the roof of the building. Eventually the firefighters were called off the roof and switched to defensive operations. The roof later collapsed as crews continued to battle from below.
Residents in the area were advised to close windows and doors to avoid smoke exposure.
Due to hydrant use, Seattle Public Utilities is warning Ballard residents that there may be discolored water in the homes and businesses. Discolored water comes from the internal pipe rust and sediment getting stirred up.
KIRO 7 Chief Meteorologist Morgan Palmer says wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour has likely made firefighting more difficult and it’s blowing smoke into nearby neighborhoods of Ballard and Greenwood north and northeast of the fire. Winds will stay strong and gusty until about 10 p.m.
One firefighter sustained minor injures and was transported to Harborview Medical Center, officials said.
SDOT tweeted that fire activity is blocking all lanes of NW Market Street between Ballard Avenue NW and 24th Avenue NW.