Brush fire sparked on I-5 races up hillside, damages Seattle home

SEATTLE -- A brush fire along Interstate 5 in Seattle raced up a hill and damaged a home and shed Friday morning.

Seattle firefighters were called to the Beacon Hill area, after a huge brush fire started before 5 a.m. on the side of northbound I-5 near Boeing Field.

The Seattle Fire Department said later that the fire was ruled accidental, caused by a "vehicle malfunction -- sparks from vehicle traveling northbound ignited nearby brush."

It said the estimated damage to the home and shed that caught fire was $70,000.

WSDOT cameras along I-5 showed flames racing up a hill towards nearby homes.

Fire crews were later dispatched to a Beacon Hill neighborhood as the fire damaged one nearby house and shed.

Seattle fire later tweeted that the brush fire had been extinguished.

Traffic cameras showed the right two lanes of northbound I-5 were blocked, with drivers backed up for miles. It was unclear when the road would fully reopen.