West Seattle Crime Watch update: Fire extinguishers stolen from SFD Engine 32, returned

ORIGINAL TUESDAY REPORT: Be on the lookout for two extinguishers like that – stolen from the Seattle Fire Department in West Seattle today, according to SFD Lt. Sue Stangl:

Fire Engine 32 from West Seattle’s largest fire station had two firefighting extinguishers stolen early this morning while they were on a medical incident near the intersection of Alaska and California. … It would be great to be able to retrieve them, not to mention that stealing from the people that are in place to help anyone in need is in poor taste.

Call 911 if you have any info. (Station 32, by the way, is in its interim location on 40th north of Edmunds while an all-new station is being built at its permanent site.)

FRIDAY NIGHT: We have word the fire extinguishers were returned – with a note of apology.

16 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch update: Fire extinguishers stolen from SFD Engine 32, returned"

  • ACG September 15, 2015 (2:35 pm)

    WTF?!?!?! Boo…

  • Alice September 15, 2015 (2:41 pm)

    In poor taste? No, it’s abhorrent.

  • Gina September 15, 2015 (2:45 pm)

    Also looks like the defibrillator is missing at West Seattle High school on the NW side.

  • funkietoo September 15, 2015 (2:56 pm)

    Stealing equipment that saves lives. Beyond deplorable.

  • Chuck September 15, 2015 (3:32 pm)

    If anyone dies because of stolen lifesaving equipment that should be treated as manslaughter!

  • G September 15, 2015 (3:46 pm)

    The crime here is, well, unfathomable. From defacing artwork that people pour their souls into, to fire-fighting equipment that saves souls.
    Good god. Is nothing off-limits?

  • old timer September 15, 2015 (4:33 pm)

    What kind of no-load no-life does this?
    Maybe God will send fire to the perp and the response, due to his intervention, will be too late.
    Barring that, I’d like to empty that extinguisher down his/her throat.

  • B September 15, 2015 (5:03 pm)

    Karma= they show up to help the thieves and need the stuff they stole.

  • SteveD September 15, 2015 (8:16 pm)

    That’s evil! My Dad worked at that station back in the 80’s. They called it 32’s

  • Paul September 16, 2015 (9:23 am)

    Found an older white Toyota Corolla today parked in an alley near my house in North Admiral with one window down showing two fire extinguishers looking like the one in the photo inside. Police were called and waited until they showed up. Hope these are the stolen ones.

    • WSB September 16, 2015 (10:31 am)

      Paul, I heard the dispatch on that! Thanks for calling it in. While I wish there was no crime to report in the first place, when reports here lead to sightings and action, we’re glad to hear that. After hearing the dispatch (though I didn’t catch the address, just that someone had called it in and had seen it, as the dispatcher phrased it, “in the media”) I sent a note to Lt. Stangl at SFD, who had sent us the report in the first place, and asked her to let us know if those were the ones. So hopefully we’ll hear something if so. Thanks for being watchful! – Tracy

  • Lez September 16, 2015 (9:33 am)

    What the heck are they going to do with them? Can’t see them hocking them or selling them. I guess it was an ill advised, unfortunate prank?

    • WSB September 18, 2015 (10:16 pm)

      Update, Friday night .. I don’t know if it was related to Paul’s call/sighting, but we got an anonymous update tonight that the extinguishers had been returned, with a note of apology.

  • Lez September 16, 2015 (9:38 am)

    What the heck are they going to do with them? Can’t see the theives hocking them or selling them. I guess it was an ill advised, unfortunate prank?

  • ACG September 16, 2015 (12:04 pm)

    Nice work, Paul!!! Hope these were the ones taken. Thanks for being observant!!

  • Chuck Jacobs September 16, 2015 (1:16 pm)

    These type of fire extinguishers are used for spraying 40 foot tall graffiti on the sides of buildings and freeway retaining walls.

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