Legislation would allow Seattle Fire Department to order demolition of unsafe vacant buildings

  • Source: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
  • Published: 04/19/2024 12:00 AM

New proposed legislation would make it easier to demolish or remediate dangerous vacant buildings in the City of Seattle. Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the legislation Thursday morning which he developed in partnership with councilmembers Tammy Morales and Bob Kettle, which would give the Seattle Fire Department the power to order complete demolition or remediation of unsafe vacant buildings. Vacant building fires within the city of Seattle have been on the rise over the last few years. There were 77 vacant building fires in 2021, 91 in 2022, and 130 in 2023, and there have been 30 so far in 2024, according to city data. Vacant building fires require a large number of resources from the Seattle Fire Department and put firefighters lives at risk, according to Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. Three people died in vacant building fires in 2023.


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