One year later, words of thanks from West Seattle family

June 29, 2013 at 11:50 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

(May 2012 WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
Last year, we reported on a house fire in the 8400 block of 20th SW. But in the days afterward, the story moved far beyond the fire itself, to become a story of neighbors helping neighbors. Today, we received a note from the home’s owners, Martha and Brian Mallett, who say they are finally back home, and wanted to share words of thanks:

We, Brian and Martha Mallett, victims of a house fire May 1, 2012, have returned home after being away for eleven months. We were cared for two days by the Red Cross, had a two-month stay in the West Seattle Motel (wonderful hospitality) and nine months in a big house on Orchard Street in Highland Park. Our home is brand new, some furniture is still missing but we have the essentials.

The community, our friends, and our family have given us so much to be grateful for. There have been phone calls, notes, cards with words of encouragement and gifts. There were so many good samaritans, we cannot name them all. Speaking of family, they have worked really hard to reach our intended goal. All these folks have given from the heart and we plan to pay forward. We credit Lisa and Randy Leininger and their followers, the Seattle Fire Department, and the Highland Park Improvement Club for contributing in a big way to our well-being. We love West Seattle and the people in it.

Lisa and Randy were the neighbors who organized a fundraiser days after the fire. They posed with Martha that day, and shared the photo with us:

Thanks to Martha and Brian for sharing the followup!


  1. Glad you’re finally back Home, Brian and Martha!


    Can’t believe that it’s been over a year already!



    Comment by miws — 12:37 pm June 29, 2013 #

  2. We are new to the neighborhood but are extremely happy to have Martha and Brian as neighbors. We are right next door and are so glad they were able to rebuild their home.

    Comment by Spenser — 12:51 pm June 29, 2013 #

  3. Brian and Martha, do you still need any furniture? I have a good couch and matching chair as well as a dining room set that you are more than welcome to…..

    Comment by concernedinws — 2:15 pm June 29, 2013 #

  4. Yay Martha and Brian!! So happy this day has come!!
    Our neighborhood is such a wonderful place; thanks for the reminder!! See you soon!!

    Comment by DBurns — 2:21 pm June 29, 2013 #

  5. I commented on this story when it first happened. Ive known Randy and Lisa since high school. Im not surprised they came to the aid of a neighbor, they are truly good hearted people and wonderful parents.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 2:34 pm June 29, 2013 #

  6. Great story nice of folks in the community and beyond to step up and help someone when in need. You are great people here in West Seattle despite what I may think at times to the contrary.

    Comment by NW — 7:17 pm June 29, 2013 #

  7. So nice to see Martha & Brian around the neighborhood again. I personally want to also thank Pete and Holly who were a big help the day of the fundraiser. And Thank You, Alki Resident, for your kind words. I remember your post from the original story. Randy and I are still trying to figure out who you are!

    Comment by Lisa — 8:41 pm June 30, 2013 #

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