UPDATE: 4-Alarm Fire In Seattle; 1 Firefighter Injured - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: 4-Alarm Fire In Seattle; 1 Firefighter Injured

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle firefighters have controlled a four-alarm blaze that tore through the former Sunny Jim peanut butter plant in south Seattle, injuring a firefighter and sending smoke high into the air. An estimated 120 firefighters responded Monday to the vacant, city-owned, two-story building. Fire officials say one firefighter was injured by a piece of falling siding. He was reported in stable condition Monday night at Harborview Medical Center.

Fire Department spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick says investigators won't know the cause until they can get inside the building, possibly Tuesday.

At one point during the Monday evening commute, the blaze and several other traffic mishaps, caused a 10-mile-long backup on southbound Interstate 5, which passes near the factory.

 Previous Coverage:

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle firefighters are battling a spectacular three-alarm fire in a vacant warehouse in south Seattle's industrial area.

Fire Department spokeswoman Dana Vander Houwen says 100 firefighters are at the old Sunny Jim foods warehouse. Flames and a heavy plume smoke continue to billow from the structure an hour after it was first reported at about 1:45 p.m. Monday.

Vander Houwen says that because the building is empty and engulfed in flame, firefighters are staying out of it but are pouring water on it. She says that because they haven't been able to get near it, fire crews can't tell what started the blaze.
      
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