A Fire Tragedy Waiting to Happen

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A Fire Tragedy Waiting to Happen | Home Inspections Seattle Bellevue Everett

At a recent Home Inspection in the University District of Seattle, I found numerous problems that could result in a fire tragedy.

This 3,000 s.f. home had been remodeled int a 9 room multi-family rooming house for students.

Aside from the fire hazards created by messy students (stuff and garbage everywhere), I found the following additional fire hazards

- Knob and tube wiring buried in insulation

- Improper electrical wire splices

- Broken electrical outlets with live components exposed

- Arcing electrical outlets

- Ungrounded (3) prong outlets

- Extension cord wiring for outlets

- Exposed outdoor wiring to the storage building

- Locked electrical panel

- Exposed light bulbs in closets

- Missing fire extinguisher in the Kitchen

The building has a very high occupant count. Rooms are carved from other larger rooms and emergency egress is questionable.

Washington State Standards of Practice do not require the testing of smoke detectors. As a standard practice, I test all accessible smoke detectors.

At this property, I tested every one of the 14 smoke detectors. 14 out of 14 smoke detectors in the house are inoperative !

The property manager was with me at this inspection. I would expect the he will at least take care of the smoke detector problem.

I also sent a link to this posting to the Seattle Fire Marshall.

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Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp
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Sounds very unsafe, glad they were smart to get a home inspection and that you were able to show them what they needed to see.

Jan 14, 2012 02:03 PM #1
Kevin Hergert
Hergert Inspection LLC - Bellevue, WA

My inspection was for the potential buyer, not the owner. It is unclear as to whether or not the owner cares.

That is why is copied the Seattle Fire Marshall.

Jan 14, 2012 05:41 PM #2
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