One of the biggest stories of the year in Seattle took place this last Saturday morning in Fremont — a fire tore through a townhouse, killing four children and a woman who took shelter in a windowless bathroom.
We were the first news organization on the scene of the fire, and we watched in horror as the mother of three of the kids was physically restrained from charging into the flames. It was a traumatic scene that we’ll remember for years to come.
Our site in the neighborhood, Fremont Universe, has been providing in-depth coverage on the tragic fire and the aftermath, from the investigation into a mechanical failure on the first responding fire engine to the outpouring of support from friends and neighbors. Our coverage, which also appeared on MyBallard.com, was mentioned by the Associated Press and msnbc.com.
If you’d like to donate to the family, an account has been set up at Bank of America called the Seattle Children’s Fire Fund.