One of the dangers of homeless camps is fire. Tents and other potentially flammable materials are often clustered together and it doesn’t take much for a fire to get out of control.
In Seattle, this is a consistent problem.
The recent fire at the camp near the highway is the 60th this year and that’s only in February.
Campfires near I-5 in Seattle will bring the total to 60 in 2023.
Let it sink in. 60 camps so far this year.
Seattle is thriving. https://t.co/jPf7lJ7unb
— Jason Rantz (@jasonrantz) on KTTH Radio February 25, 2023
From KTTH Radio:
Campfire near I-5 in Seattle brings total to 60 in 2023
Another camp erupted into flames Friday morning near Interstate 5, adding to the 59 additional camp fires recorded by the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) this month.
According to KOMO News, the fire happened just days after the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) informed parents of John Stanford International School via letter about plans to clear the Ship Canal Bridge camp.
The Camp at the Ship Canal Bridge — located on both sides of the I-5 express lanes near 42nd Street — is one of the most dangerous camps in the area, with six reported fires in the past month.
According to WSDOT officials, the camp holds 25 individuals.
“Let’s start with the premise that they are breaking the law,” said Rep. Andrew Barkis said last week on The Jason Rantz Show on AM 770 KTTH. “That seems to be the key point that we’re forgetting here. They’re trespassing, they’re breaking the law. Let’s start there. And then we can roll out every kind of service under the sun to try to help people.
“It’s very clear that shelter, congregation shelter, any form of housing needs to be done to move people out of these camps,” Barkis continued.
Here is the video:
Another Seattle homeless fire @wsdot I-5 freeway property. The state refuses to house them unless they have a free studio apartment. Seattle refuses to send the police to clear it because the mayor doesn’t want to deal with it.
Seattle is thriving. pic.twitter.com/ciiAroE9Zx
— Jason Rantz (@jasonrantz) on KTTH Radio February 24, 2023
It is a shame that many American cities have tent communities.
It is also dangerous.