UPDATE: Why 16th SW was closed at SW 107th this morning

ORIGINAL WEDNESDAY REPORT: A bizarre and tragic incident led to the closure of 16th SW at SW 107th for a while this morning. The scene was clear before we heard about it but here’s how King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Ryan Abbott answered our followup inquiry:

Suicide attempt, 10700 block 16 Avenue SW. Male poured gasoline on himself and lit himself on fire. A Deputy saw it and used his fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire. The male was transported to (Harborview Medical Center) in very critical condition.

We always share this in reports mentioning suicide: If you or someone you know is considering self-harm, the Crisis Connections hotline is available 24/7 at 866-427-4747.

ADDED THURSDAY: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office says the 30-year-old man died, from burns over 92 percent of his body.

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3 Responses to “UPDATE: Why 16th SW was closed at SW 107th this morning”

  1. Tragic. I don’t know what else to say. I’m at a loss for words.

  2. I saw fire go up fast, what I thought was a car fire, as I turned onto Ambaum. I saw huge flames as I looked in my rear view window go up fast. So sad to hear this news.

  3. I think the suicide was a man named Steve aka “Big Foot” Steve would frequently come into our shop to warm up and have a cup of coffee. He was from North Carolina… we offered to buy him a bus ticket home… he said he had nothing to go back to…
    Has his full name been disclosed!