Three-alarm fire burns Greenwood

This morning I planned to make a post telling you that one of the best ways you could spend this dreary weathered weekend was by heading to the Taproot Theater for the final weekend of their charming production of Enchanted April, a play in which they yet again do magic by transforming a simple stage into a sun-soaked Italian castle.

And then I got a notice from the theater that they’re looking for an alternate venue to stage these shows. A fire struck Greenwood early this morning and due to related damaged, they can’t use their own stage this weekend. Local theaters and troupes: contact the theater if you have a venue available for their use.

**Edit: The Seattle Children’s Theater has generously offered to host the final performances of Enchanted April. Tonight’s show has been cancelled, but Saturday’s shows will take place at SCT at 2 and 4 pm. Taproot will be calling patrons to let them know about the change, so if you’ve already got tickets, no worries – they’ll work things out with you. There will be a limited number of new seats available at the box office, cash or check only, and I highly recommend heading down to the Center and checking it out if you can. Enchanted April has been yet another of Taproot’s successes in transporting audiences out of their own worlds and into another; it’s well acted, well staged and thoroughly enjoyable.

Per the reports at KING 5 and Phinneywood (the local blog that does an excellent job of covering Phinney Ridge and Greenwood), one hundred Seattle firefighters were sent out to battle the massive blaze which began early this morning at 208 N. 85th St, at either Pho Tic Tac or the Green Bean Coffeehouse. Both businesses were destroyed, as were Szechuan Bistro and C.C. Teriyaki.

A dozen apartments were evacuated and firefighters managed to rescue the cats in the PAWS Cat City Adoption Center.

Cause of the fire is as yet unknown.

For continuing coverage, head over to Phinneywood.

Condolences to everyone affected by the fire.

1 Comment so far

  1. KDUB (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

    I cant express how I am feeling right now, Szechuan Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants and the people that work there are truly amazing people. My heart goes out to them and my god be with them during this time of loss.

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