Businesses call on city to prioritize safety as homeless camp fires explode across Seattle

  • Source: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
  • Published: 09/15/2021 12:00 AM

Over the last four days, there’s been an explosion of encampment fires across Seattle. From Ballard to downtown to even the side of Interstate 5. But in the heart of South Lake Union, at Bite Society, a packaged foods and gift basket business another line of work is underway, which has come unexpectedly. “We've put out fires here in the back in the camp with extinguishers,” said Lendy Hensley who is the co-owner of the business. Hensley adds, in fact, many times at what’s become a dangerous encampment along Dexter Ave North just behind her business. “It's pretty regular,” said Hensley. “There's also tires getting burned. There's a lot of fires and I think we have really deep concerns about fires around here.”


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