8/21 Update: According to the Seattle Times, the cause of the fire was beauty bark in the yard that caught fire. The damage to the building ran upwards of $75,000. The house was rented by five Seattle Pacific U students, though none of them were home at the time.
4:00 Update: Traffic is back to normal for a Saturday. Pretty clear heading north, still some congestion southbound.
If you’re sitting in traffic on Fremont Ave. right now, you already know how bad it is. If not, it’s been practically stand-still for a few hours now thanks to a house fire on 46th Street near the Fremont Ave. crossing.
No one was hurt in the blaze and no one was apparently home when it happened but the cause has not yet been established. At least three firetrucks are on the scene and put out the fire. Unfortunately, the house was damaged pretty significantly.
If you are planning on traveling this afternoon, stay the heck away from Fremont Ave. The ramps onto and off of Aurora are closed so a lot of that traffic is being diverted through Fremont.
More details as we find out.