Seattle Fire Responds to HAZMAT Call with Fire At UW Chemical Engineering Facility

Seattle,Washington | Firefighters were dispatched at 0950 hours this morning to a HAZMAT with fire to UW’s chemical Engineering Lab in Benson Hall located at 3781 Okanogan Lane NE in Seattle.

The location of the fire was on Floor 01 [Basement], Bravo 13 [where fire originated].

Fire Festival, SFD L1, Rear

Ladder 1 Stock Photo [Credit: LR Swenson]

Units were dispatched and tied to the call per SFD’s CAD were Engines 16, 22, 25, 27, 34, 38.  Ladders 4, 7 and 8.  Aid Units 14, 25 with Medic Units 16 & 44 [Supervisor].  The Special Ops HAZMAT team included: Unit 77, Ladder 1, Engine 10 and Aid 10 makes up this Special Ops unit.  Command Staff:  Air9, Deputy1, Safety2, Staff10 and REHAB1.

The fire was in a 2×3 contained box and self-extinguished itself.  The cause was determined to be a small amount of lithium that was exposed to H2O.  There was no HAZMAT exposure.

After determination of no HAZMAT on scene, all staff and students were allowed to reoccupy the building with business as usual.  All units returned back into service around 1018 Hours.

Seattle Fire says that it is safe to return to all normal functions within Benson Hall on UW’s Engineering Campus.

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