Crews battle 2-alarm fire in vacant building near Seattle Center

Firefighters are holding a defensive position in the fire amid concerns about the building’s stability, the Seattle fire tweeted.

SEATTLE – Seattle firefighters tackle a large fire in an abandoned building near the Seattle Center Tuesday afternoon.

Seattle Fire Department crews responded to the building fire on the 500 block on Harrison Street shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of heavy smoke.

The fire occurs in the former Polly Esther’s Culture Club, an old Seattle nightclub.

Firefighters are holding a defensive position in the fire amid concerns about the building’s stability, the Seattle fire tweeted.

Fire officials said when the crews first arrived they received reports from bystanders that someone might be in the building. The fire department checked the building with thermal cameras and found that there was no one in the building.

So far, there have been no injuries in connection with the fire.

The fire creates a lot of smoke in the area. The Seattle fire advised people who lived nearby to close their windows and doors to prevent smoke inhalation.

Firefighters said crews will likely be on site for several hours to get the fire under control.

The fire fighting has resulted in several road closures in the Seattle Center area. The Seattle Department of Transportation tweeted the following traffic closures:

  • 5th Ave N NB closed at John St.
  • 5th Ave N SB in Republican St.
  • Broad St EB closed at John St.
  • Thomas St closed EB & WB between 5th Ave N & Taylor Ave N.

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