Many of us have probably fantasized about owning a houseboat. Far fewer have likely fantasized about battling an early-morning fire on said houseboat. But that's exactly what Seattle Fire Department investigators say one unfortunate person spent the morning doing, a blaze that resulted in thousands of dollars of damage and at least one charred couch.
The Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call at 4:59 a.m. for reports of flames visible inside a houseboat in the 2000 block of Westlake Avenue North. Arriving firefighters found the fire was knocked down by the owner of the boat who used a fire extinguisher on the flames. Inside the houseboat, firefighters found the fire had burned a couch and extended to the cabinets and the microwave.
Luckily for the houseboat's owner, it doesn't seem he was seriously injured (or at least had his wits about him enough to realize ambulance rides are expensive). Seattle Fire Department notes that he was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but declined transport to the hospital.
Investigators estimate the blaze caused $10,000 damage to the structure of the houseboat and $1,000 to the contents - including the couch, which is pictured below along with other images provided by the Seattle Fire Department.