West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle fires http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:47:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Update: 36th SW house fire blamed on electrical problem http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/house-fire-call-in-6300-block-36th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/house-fire-call-in-6300-block-36th-sw/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:25:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292413

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
12:25 AM: Seattle Fire is en route to a possible house fire in the 6300 block of 36th SW (map). The first units on scene say they’re seeing smoke from the attic.

12:31 AM: Our crew will be there shortly. Firefighters say they’re seeing flames from the attic. They also say a resident of the house told them everyone has gotten out OK.

12:35 AM: Firefighters report having searched both floors of the house to make extra-sure no one’s inside, and “all clear” so far.

12:41 AM: Just heard from our crew on scene. Small house, just north of the 35th/Morgan U-Haul’s west side. Lots of smoke. Bit of flame visible. Via scanner, we’ve heard firefighters declare it under control.

12:59 AM: They’re calling for the Red Cross to assist the home’s residents. Our crew says the fire marshal (investigator) is just arriving, so it’s too soon to say how this started. SFD confirms that no one was hurt and says they’re expecting to have a “fire watch” at the scene all night in case of flare-ups.

1:26 AM: Some of the SFD units have been dismissed from the scene. Meantime, our crew is back and we are adding several photos, as well as substituting one for the previously published cameraphone photo that had been atop this story.

10:35 AM UPDATE: SFD’s Lt. Harold Webb says the fire’s cause was determined to be “accidental/electrical.” (Radio discussion during the firefight had included a mention of knob-and-tubing wiring in the 96-year-old house.) No dollar estimate for the damage so far.

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Update: Fire callout on Beach Drive = ‘small kitchen fire’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/fire-callout-to-house-in-4800-block-beach-drive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/fire-callout-to-house-in-4800-block-beach-drive/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:53:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291545 2:53 AM: A big callout for a potential house fire in the 4800 block of Beach Drive. First crew on scene sees “light smoke.” More to come.

2:56 AM: Most of the units are being canceled – this turned out to be, according to communications between fire crews and dispatch, “small kitchen fire, (extinguished) by occupant.”

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Big fire callout on SW Andover: Kitchen problem http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/big-fire-callout-on-sw-andover-kitchen-problem/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/big-fire-callout-on-sw-andover-kitchen-problem/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 21:16:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291492

1:16 PM: Just in case you saw the big fire callout in the 5200 block of SW Andover (map) this past half-hour and wondered about it – our crew reports it was a kitchen problem, generally described by firefighters as “food on the stove,” and is wrapping up.

4:25 PM: Commenters say it actually turned out to be electrical. We won’t be able to get a final report from SFD until Monday.

MONDAY UPDATE: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore confirms that while it was a kitchen problem, as commenters noted, it did not turn out to be a cooking problem. He also says the smoke detector made a big difference:

We were dispatched at 12:59 p.m. to 5227 SW Andover St for reports of a fire in the kitchen. It turned out it was a dishwasher fire that extended to the kitchen cabinets. The occupant was home alone asleep and woke to to the smoke detectors going off and evacuated. Firefighters contained the fire to the kitchen. Minor fire damage but there was smoke damage inside the house. There were no injuries.

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Brief ‘fire in building’ callout in Morgan Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/fire-in-building-callout-in-morgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/fire-in-building-callout-in-morgan-junction/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 22:16:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290765 Big Seattle Fire response checking out a possible “fire in building” in the 6500 block of California SW. More to come.

UPDATE: False alarm, apparently – it closed quickly.

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Firefighter Storytime brings Engine 37 to High Point Library – and word of its future replacement http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/firefighter-storytime-brings-engine-37-to-high-point-library-and-word-of-its-future-replacement/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/firefighter-storytime-brings-engine-37-to-high-point-library-and-word-of-its-future-replacement/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:25:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289715

(WSB photos by Torin Record-Sand)
Today, firefighters from Station 37 in Sunrise Heights came to High Point Branch Library to read “No Dragons for Tea” to preschoolers and to explain basic rules of fire safety. They opened the reading with news that Engine 37 will be replaced soon by a newer fire engine. More on that shortly. First: Brian Shaner read for the storytime today.

Other firefighters from Station 37 – Lt. Paul Adams, Jorge Bernal, and Tiffany Colman – were present for the reading. After reading, Bernal suited up to introduce the children to what a fully suited firefighter looks like.

The goal of this part of the presentation is to help kids know, if they ever are in an emergency situation and come face to face with a suited-up firefighter, that they shouldn’t be scared.

After about 25 minutes, everyone was invited to take a tour of Engine 37, which was parked outside the library.

We asked SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore later about the replacement plan for E-37. He confirmed: “Station 37 is getting a new, larger engine before Christmas. The new Engine 37 will have a modern cleaner-burning engine with additional safety features but the same pumping capacity. The older engine will be turned into a reserve engine.” E-37 is one of three that SFD is replacing, he added, along with E-35 in Ballard and E-20 in Queen Anne/Interbay.

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Traffic alert: Power-pole fire closes 9th/Henderson (and beyond) http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffic-alert-power-pole-fire-closing-9th-sw-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffic-alert-power-pole-fire-closing-9th-sw-in-highland-park/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:27:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289559

1:27 PM: Avoid 9th SW/SW Henderson vicinity in south Highland Park for a while; roads are blocked as emergency responders deal with what was reported as a power-pole fire. We’re heading over to look.

2:31 PM UPDATE: 9th is closed at Henderson and at Trenton. We were told at the scene that City Light will have to replace the pole, so the closure might last a while. No outage reported, though.

2:53 PM: STREET CLOSED signs are now arriving in the area, more proof it’ll be a while – with 9th closed from Barton to Trenton, Henderson closed east of 10th.

3:07 PM: Scanner-monitored discussion indicates the closure will constrict back to 9th/Henderson.

8:35 PM: We just stopped by the scene. 9th isn’t blocked, but Henderson is, and police/utility crews there say they will likely be working “a few more hours.” The new pole is up but now it’s time for connecting, testing, etc. – and they’re working in rain and wind.

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Update: Seattle Fire response at The Kenney; everyone’s OK http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/seattle-fire-response-at-the-kenney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/seattle-fire-response-at-the-kenney/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 04:34:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288488

9:34 PM: A full “fire in building” response is headed to The Kenney (WSB sponsor) at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW right now. The initial report is that a chair is on fire in a room there.

9:40 PM: Firefighters have since amended that to “food on the stove.” No injuries reported. Not even enough smoke to require extra ventilation, according to scanner discussion. But we’re headed over to doublecheck.

9:54 PM: Our crew’s just back from checking at the scene to verify that everyone’s OK – they are, and the remaining fire crews have packed up and left.

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Update: Big SFD response on Murray SW = kitchen fire http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/fire-in-building-response-in-6700-block-murray-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/fire-in-building-response-in-6700-block-murray-sw/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 04:58:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288401

(WSB photo: SFD crews before they wrapped up & left scene)
First report: Seattle Fire is arriving at an apartment building in the 6700 block of Murray SW (map) to check out a possible fire. More to come.

Update: Kitchen fire – “food on stove” – and already tapped.

10:12 PM: We’ve confirmed at the scene, that’s all it was.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Avalon Way/Genesee car fire http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-traffic-alert-avalon-waygenesee-car-fire/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-traffic-alert-avalon-waygenesee-car-fire/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:09:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286871

2:09 PM: A car fire has SFD and SPD at Avalon/Genesee right now, and we’ve heard that buses are being diverted. (added) Just passed 35th/Avalon – north/eastbound traffic is blocked there.

2:18 PM: Westbound traffic is blocked just past Genesee. 1964 VW Bug had an engine fire. No injuries. Road shouldn’t be closed too much longer.

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Update: Fire in garage behind Admiral District building, no one hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/seattle-fire-response-in-admiral-district/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/seattle-fire-response-in-admiral-district/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:59:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286659

(First three photos by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
1:59 PM: Seattle Fire response is arriving at a “fire in building” response in the 2700 block of California. That’s just across from Hiawatha – sounds like the response is in the alley behind the building, so we’re not sure until we get there how traffic is being affected.

2:08 PM: Police are being sent for traffic control on California, so definitely avoid the area – which is of course a busy one, with Safeway and Lafayette to the north. No word of any injuries so far. It continues to be described as “44th Avenue” on the scanner, despite California on the 911 log, so that street is likely affected too.

2:13 PM: SFD says the fire’s in a garage. Per the scanner, it’s just been declared “tapped.”

2:23 PM: Added photos; we have two crews there. SFD confirms no one hurt. This was centered at the back (off the alley between 44th and California) of the building that includes a martial-arts studio. And if you’re hearing/seeing a helicopter, it’s just TV.

2:38 PM: Lafayette Elementary, just north of the block where this fire happened, gets out at 3:40 pm, an hour from now.

Too soon to say how much SFD equipment will still be there, but if you have to go pick up your child, please be aware of this incident disrupting normal walking/driving/riding patterns, especially on the west side of California/Lander.

(Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Meantime, our crews at the scene are told that much of the damage was in the aforementioned garage (photo added above); no vehicle in there, apparently, but lots of items including appliances.

3:27 PM: We went back to check on traffic. It’s moving again. But one important note – the Evergreen Tang Soo Do martial-arts studio tells us they will NOT have classes for the rest of the day/night; the studio was affected by smoke from the fire.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Taxi fire at Olson/3rd http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-traffic-alert-taxi-fire-at-olson3rd/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-traffic-alert-taxi-fire-at-olson3rd/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:48:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285485

(Added: Photo, courtesy of Jason)
7:48 PM: Traffic alert for the east end of Roxbury – Seattle Fire crews are handling a “car fire” call at Olson/3rd (map) that’s described on the scanner as a “taxicab on fire.” Not sure how it’s affecting traffic yet, but we’re checking it out.

8:04 PM: Fire’s out. Affected the front end of a cab that’s in the outside lane of the uphill (southwestward) side of the Olson hill, so traffic headed toward White Center is affected more than downhill/outbound. No injuries reported.

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Update: Arson also suspected in 3200 block of California SW vacant-building fire http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/building-fire-response-in-3200-block-of-california/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/building-fire-response-in-3200-block-of-california/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 08:59:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284760

(WSB photos, added 2:58 am)
1:59 AM: Now Seattle Fire is at the scene of a reported “room fire” inside what sounds like one of the vacated buildings at the future 3210 California development site (former Cayce/Gain offices). More to come.

2:24 AM UPDATE: We are at the scene. Fire out, no injuries. It *was* in the back of the vacant, awaiting-demolition ex-Cayce/Gain/Cometa building. No cause yet and no one will speculate on any connection to those earlier dumpster fires a few blocks north. Many of the units are leaving, but the street will be blocked a while longer.

10:30 AM Police now say via SPD Blotter that they are indeed investigating this fire and two Dumpster fires as arson and are seeking tips.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Dumpster fires start search for suspected arsonist http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-search-for-suspected-arsonist/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-search-for-suspected-arsonist/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 07:08:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284748

12:08 AM: Right now in the Admiral District, investigators are dealing with multiple Dumpster fires, and looking into the possibility they were arson. (Thanks to Peter for sharing the photo from one fire between Admiral Chevron and Admiral 7-11.) They have mentioned a possible suspect description over emergency radio – white male, 5’11″, gray jacket with a white stripe, khaki shorts, last seen running southbound on Admiral near California.

4:02 AM: We’ve reported separately on the 2 am fire in South Admiral. Now, a small fire in High Point is now under investigation, and firefighters are checking out a report of smoke in Gatewood. No official information at this point indicating any of this is related but police and fire investigators are checking it all out.

10:30 AM: Via SPD Blotter, police now say they are indeed investigating two Dumpster fires and the 3200 block California SW fire as arson and are seeking tips.

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Update: Small kitchen fire at Gatewood home http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-call-in-gatewood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-call-in-gatewood/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:38:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284210

4:38 PM: Big Seattle Fire response for a possible fire at a house on SW Ida just west of 35th SW (map). First crews to arrive aren’t seeing anything. More to come.

4:54 PM: Small kitchen fire at a house on the south side of SW Ida, quickly put out. The elderly resident who was cooking when it happened is being taken to the hospital to be checked out.

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Update: Car goes off road, on fire, along Marine View Drive http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-call-on-marine-view-drive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-call-on-marine-view-drive/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:17:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284169

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand, added 4:08 am)
FIRST REPORT, 3:17 AM: Big response to a fire in the 9800 block of Marine View Drive SW (map). First crews on scene say it looks like it involves a burning car.

3:29 AM UPDATE: This was originally dispatched as a house fire but so far we’ve only heard the car mentioned, with one person inside, who got out OK. They’ve already called for the SFD investigator and for a tow truck. Our crew should be there shortly for a firsthand look. Police are in the area and have Marine View Drive blocked off starting in the 9600 block.

3:47 AM UPDATE: Our crew learned at the scene that the burning car caught a tree on fire, close to a motor home, and that’s part of what prompted the big initial response (a commenter points this out too). Police are now questioning the driver, who is OK but “uncooperative,” for reasons yet unknown (added: and is apparently going to the hospital after all); the car went onto an embankment, and whether that was because of the fire or somehow caused the fire, isn’t known yet either. The car has major fire damage.

SUNDAY NOON UPDATE: We’ve updated the map link above; a nearby resident explains that Google Maps have a glitch and show this block as quite some distance south of where it actually is. (The address on SFD’s online log wasn’t the exact location anyway, which sometimes happens with fire calls, and is why we just use block numbers in stories.)

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