UPDATE: Fire in White Center in former Locker Room tavern again; Cause determined
The King County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Meyer said he spoke to the, "King County Fire Investigator. The preliminary cause appears to be discarded smoking material."
The Manager of a nearby business (who chose not to be identified) in White Center has a full color surveillance camera that looks at the street. According to him the fire could be seen through the front window, meaning it did not start near the front of the building, but rather at the rear or inside the structure.The footage has been turned over to investigators.
A benefit event for the Locker Room and other affected businesses is now in the works.
The fire that destroyed the Locker Room Tavern in White Center also damaged adjacent businesses, the Bizarro Italian Cafe and Huong xua Market. Fuil Tilt Ice Cream also suffered smoke damage from the fire. The buildings were damaged by both firefighting efforts through water and smoke from the blaze which was first reported around 5:24 AM.
Bizarro, said the owners will likely be closed for at least a month. The Huong xua Market suffered roof and ceiling damage and they will be closed for an indeterminate time. Fuil Tilt may be able to reopen sooner but it's not clear yet.
The power outage which had affected the area has been resolved.
Original Post 6:25am
The former Locker Room Tavern at 9633 16th SW in White Center was ablaze, for the second time in the early morning hours of Sept. 13. A fire raced through the building on April 21 right around the same time of day. The fire was upgraded to a three alarm status around 6 AM.
Dozens of fire units from Burien, North Highline, Seattle and even Kent responded to the fire call which came at around 5:32 am. The building is apparently a total loss now. It was unknown if the Bizarro Italian Cafe next door was affected.
This is the third serious fire in White Center since the July 5 blaze that took out seven businesses and a fire Sept. 1 at the former Atlas Heating location on 17th SW.
A power outage was also caused by the fire affecting 32 City Light customers in the local area.
The cause of this fire has not yet been determined.
Interesting, I actually wonder how this one started?
I personally think that there should be 24/7 cameras up all around the white center area, cause of too much crime and way too many fires, and random bad crap happens a lot. Also might help if local taverns stop burning wood outside in their fireplace it is polluting the neighborhood and I have to constantly close up my entire windows daily. Also the loud music needs to be less loud since I live many blocks from any of these bars and I can literally hear their loud music even with windows closed.
I am just so sad.Can't stop crying.I have been going to the Locker room for 32 years and have so many memories. It is just so scary with all these fires recently in White Center.What's next? Hopefully Rick can re open somewhere else? Just a tragedy 😔😭😭