West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle fires http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:30:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Update: House-fire call in 7900 block Delridge Way ‘food on stove’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/house-fire-call-in-7900-block-delridge-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/house-fire-call-in-7900-block-delridge-way/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:33:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279797

6:33 PM: Big Seattle Fire response right now to a possible house fire in the 7900 block of Delridge Way SW. More to come.

6:44 PM UPDATE: It was a case of “food on the stove” – lots of smoke, being aired out now.

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Update: House fire in Arbor Heights blamed on spider-killing attempt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fire-call-in-arbor-heights-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fire-call-in-arbor-heights-2/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:33:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279503

(WSB photo)
8:33 PM: Firefighters are arriving at a house fire in Arbor Heights near 34th and 102nd (map), reporting black smoke and also that ammunition is going off in the house – so they’ll be fighting it from outside.

(Photo texted by Joe)
8:38 PM: Scanner now indicates they don’t believe there’s more ammunition in the building and they are changing firefighting tactics.

(WSB photo)
8:48 PM: Our crew is at the scene. No word yet on whether anyone’s been hurt. They believe everyone in the house got out safely.

8:58 PM: Just talked again with our crew at the scene. The fire appears to be under control but there are still flare-ups of flames visible here and there. Way too soon to know what caused it.

Above this line, we’ve added a quick Instagram clip – you can see firefighters on the roof and hear the saws they’re using to ventilate the attic.

(WSB photo)
9:18 PM UPDATE: We’ve just talked again with firefighters. The fire began in a bedroom and spread up to the attic. The house has major damage and isn’t inhabitable. One person was inside when it started, and we’re told he got out OK, unhurt. The “ammunition going off” suspicion is now a mystery – we’re told the resident said there had been firearm(s)/ ammunition in there, belonging to a renter who moved out a few weeks ago, so whatever the bangs/pops were in the early going, they now don’t know. SFD’s investigator is en route to work on figuring out how the fire started.

ADDED 11:16 PM: From SFD: “Cause of West Seattle Arbor Heights fire is man using spray paint can & lighter to try and kill spider in the wall. Damage estimate $60k.”

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Update: Tanker-truck engine catches fire on Harbor Island http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/tanker-truck-engine-catches-fire-on-harbor-island/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/tanker-truck-engine-catches-fire-on-harbor-island/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:03:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279236

1:03 PM: If you’ve seen smoke and/or the big Seattle Fire response – a tanker truck caught fire in the 2500 block of 11th SW on Harbor Island. SFD says the fire was in the truck’s engine and did NOT spread to its tank(s). Smoke was visible for some distance for a while – thanks to Creighton for the photo.

2:12 PM: From SFD via Twitter:

3:05 PM: And an update:

MONDAY AFTERNOON POSTSCRIPT: Noted in the comment discussion – the firefighting wasn’t over yet when we published the first paragraph – the fire spread to tanks later, explains SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore: “When the first engine arrived the flames had not spread to the tanker. By the time we extinguished the fire the tank did burn. The tanks were empty and there wasn’t any fuel in them.”

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Update: Rooftop fire in 3700 block of California SW http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fire-call-in-3700-block-of-california-sw-scaled-back/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fire-call-in-3700-block-of-california-sw-scaled-back/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 05:50:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279167 10:50 PM: Big fire call to the 3700 block of California SW – but it’s being scaled back because it’s now believed to be a fire pit on a building roof.

10:53 PM: Now they’re raising the call back to a full response after all. And they’re calling for police to block northbound traffic.

(Reader photo)
It’s described as a rooftop fire, about a 12 x 12 section of wooden deck, and under control.

(This photo and next two, by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
11:13 PM: Our crews at the scene say the four-story mixed-use building – residential over ground-floor commercial – was evacuated.

But firefighters are reiterating via radio that the fire was confined to wooden decking over a section of roof and is tapped.

11:18 PM: We just talked to the incident commander, who said the residents will be allowed back in within the hour.

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Update: Highland Park duplex fire, nobody hurt; caused by ‘improperly discarded smoking materials’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/another-highland-park-fire-call-7500-block-11th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/another-highland-park-fire-call-7500-block-11th-sw/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:21:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278752 (UPDATED THURSDAY with fire’s cause, damage estimate)

(WSB photo by Katie Meyer)
12:21 PM: Now there’s another fire call in Highland Park – this one for a house in the 7500 block of 11th SW (map). First crews on the scene are seeing smoke.

12:26 PM UPDATE: Fire crews say the house is fully engulfed in flames. Per scanner, they’re saying they’ve been told no one is inside. It’s a duplex and they report the fire is “knocked down.”

(This photo and next by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
1:10 PM UPDATE: WSB’s Katie Meyer confirms from the scene that everyone got out OK, including a cat and dog. Firefighters are still working to figure out how the fire started.

2:04 PM UPDATE: Also from the scene, WSB’s Christopher Boffoli reports that SFD plans to keep a crew there on “fire watch” in case it rekindles.

ADDED THURSDAY MORNING: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore says the investigation determined the fire was caused by “improperly discarded smoking materials, discarded into a couch. The damage estimate is $60,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents.”

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Update: Industrial fire in ‘bin of metals’ in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fire-in-a-building-call-on-highland-park-way-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fire-in-a-building-call-on-highland-park-way-sw/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:01:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278744

(Seattle Fire Department photo via Twitter)
12:01 PM: The big Seattle Fire response is for an industrial building in the 7000 block of Highland Park Way SW, near the intersection with West Marginal Way SW. SFD describes it via Twitter as a machinery fire and says all employees have been evacuated.

12:05 PM: Per scanner, the fire is declared “tapped.” The address checks to Pioneer Industries/Human Services. Firefighters are working to ventilate the building because of the smoke.

12:57 PM: SFD says the fire was “limited to a bin of metals” and that the “smoking bin” is being taken out of the building.

1:25 PM: SFD also has tweeted a picture of the aforementioned bin:

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Update: Play-area fire at Schmitz Park Elementary School, $50,000 damage http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/fire-callout-at-schmitz-park-elementary-school/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/fire-callout-at-schmitz-park-elementary-school/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:24:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277541 (SCROLL DOWN FOR ONGOING UPDATES: Damage estimate, daylight photos, district and PTA comments)

1:24 AM: Seattle Fire is on the way to a possible fire at 5000 SW Spokane, which is the address for Schmitz Park Elementary School. More as we get it.

1:30 AM: Response is being downsized; the fire is apparently on/in play equipment outside, no building/interior involvement. Mostly a bark fire, but “some melted play equipment,” SFD reports. Our crew is still en route.

1:54 AM: Our crew reports it’s some climbing-type equipment at the play area on the west side of the school but it’s significantly damaged. We’ll go back for a daylight look later. No official cause of the fire – the marshal’s on the way.

8:12 AM UPDATE: From Kyle Moore at SFD:

Seattle Fire Investigators have classified an overnight fire at a West Seattle playground as undetermined because there was no obvious source of ignition.

At 1:19 a.m. a call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting a fire coming from the back of a school located in the 5000 block of SW Spokane Street. The first arriving engine company found flames coming from a playground area. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire which was confined to the wood chips. The heat and flames also melted and damaged the metal and plastic playground equipment. The damage estimate is $50,000.

We will add daylight photos shortly.

9:13 AM: Just back from the school. Photos of the damage, above and below.

We are following up with Seattle Public Schools for starters. Schmitz Park is West Seattle’s most-populous elementary, with more than 600 students expected this fall. It’s scheduled to move into the new school to be built on the Genesee Hill Elementary site, likely in early 2016.

12:05 PM: District spokesperson Tom Redman tells WSB, “The play equipment was new and installed last summer and funded by the District. Our risk and loss prevention manager will inspect the equipment, after which we’ll determine our next steps.”

2:09 PM: We’ve also heard from the SPES PTA – starting with this detailed comment from outgoing president Jeff Rayner.

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Update: Kitchen fire at Stewart Manor, 34th/Morgan http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/fire-call-at-34thmorgan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/fire-call-at-34thmorgan/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 03:51:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276555

8:51 PM: Seattle Fire has sent a major “fire in building” response to Stewart Manor, the 72-unit Seattle Housing Authority apartment building at 34th and Morgan (map). It’s been described on the scanner as a “room fire.” This will affect traffic traveling Morgan/Sylvan east of 35th.

9:01 PM: Firefighters have reported over the radio that the smoke appears limited to the fifth floor and it does not appear to be a major fire – they’ve just declared it “tapped”, originating in the kitchen, and are working on ventilation; no injuries reported.

9:11 PM: Many of the units are being dismissed; firefighters are monitoring air inside the building to be sure it’s safe for residents to go back to unaffected apartments.

9:29 PM: Our crew was told at the scene that no one was home in the unit where the fire started on a stove. That unit probably won’t be inhabitable tonight but other residents should be let back in the building soon.

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Update: Fire response at Jefferson Square Apartments; no fire http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/fire-response-in-the-junction-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/fire-response-in-the-junction-2/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:12:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276310

ORIGINAL REPORT, 7:12 PM: Big response for a “fire in building” call at 41st and Edmunds – our crew was nearby and reports that it’s at the Jefferson Square Apartments on the south side of the shopping center. No smoke or flames visible from outside, according to our crew. Per scanner, they’re checking out one specific unit. Avoid Edmunds/42nd/41st. More to come.

7:33 PM UPDATE: No fire found. Units are leaving. Area should be clear soon.

ADDED FRIDAY MORNING: See the comment from Quinn, with an important bottom line.

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Followup: How to help South Delridge fire survivors http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/followup-how-to-help-south-delridge-fire-survivors/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/followup-how-to-help-south-delridge-fire-survivors/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:37:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275734

(WSB photo from Monday’s fire)
After Monday’s deadly fire in South Delridge – taking the lives of one resident of the house and four puppies – people asked if there was any way to help the survivors. Now there is. Friends have set up an online fundraising page for Stefan and Stephanie, who lost not only their friend Lester and four puppies, but also most of what they owned. Stefan, says the gofundme.com page, is the drummer for the band Smashie Smashie (whose Facebook page includes a tribute to Lester), and lost “a lot” of equipment in the fire, which was ruled accidental and started in the kitchen. A benefit show is in the works, friends say, but in the meantime, anyone who wants to make a donation can do it by going here.

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Video: Body found at house fire at Delridge/Barton; cooking blamed for fire http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/house-fire-call-in-9200-block-of-delridge-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/house-fire-call-in-9200-block-of-delridge-way/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:02:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275268 (UPDATED MONDAY NIGHT with fire cause)

(Photo courtesy Jonathan French)
2:02 PM: Firefighters are on the scene of a house-fire call in the 9200 block of Delridge Way SW (map). More to come.

2:07 PM: SFD has reported that heavy smoke is coming out of the house, and also that everyone has gotten out OK. Our crew will be there shortly.

(This photo & those below are by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
2:12 PM: SFD says the fire is “knocked down”; we’ve just arrived in the area and can still see smoke. Avoid Delridge in this area – police have the street blocked at Barton.

2:25 PM: Photos added.

Yes, this is why there’s a TV helicopter over South Delridge/Westwood (directly over us at the moment). A dog was rescued and we’re told it will be OK.

2:39 PM: There are now conflicting reports about whether everyone did indeed get out OK. SFD’s public-information officer is en route and we expect an update shortly.

Police also have arrived to investigate – not just to direct traffic.

2:55 PM: It’s just been confirmed that one of the residents of the home, so far described only as male, has been found dead inside the back bedroom. Authorities had originally reported everyone was out safely but that obviously turned out to be wrong. And while they rescued two dogs and a puppy, four other puppies did not survive.

3:54 PM: Added the briefing video, above – that’s SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore, explaining that police involvement at this point is routine for any fire involving a death. No information yet on the person’s identity or cause of death, nor the fire’s cause – we will add new information here whenever it becomes available.

4:49 PM: SFD has tweeted photos of the rescued dogs/puppy:

9:42 PM: Seattle Fire investigators say it started with a cooking fire:

11:20 PM: No word yet on the victim’s identity – that will come from the Medical Examiner’s Office, no sooner than tomorrow afternoon. But SFD has one more tweet about the rescued dogs:

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SUV fire leads to afternoon traffic snarl under the bridge http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/suv-fire-leads-to-afternoon-traffic-snarl-under-the-bridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/suv-fire-leads-to-afternoon-traffic-snarl-under-the-bridge/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 23:23:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275043

An SUV fire led to a traffic snarl under the bridge for a while this afternoon – right at Spokane/Harbor/Avalon in the heart of a sunny Saturday. We didn’t catch word of it in real time, but Kristina shared the photo above while the SUV’s front end was ablaze, and Dana sent the aftermath view below:

No word of any serious injuries, but traffic was diverted for a while. We believe the scene’s clear now but are going by to doublecheck.

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Update: Short-lived house-fire call in North Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/house-fire-call-in-north-admiral/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/house-fire-call-in-north-admiral/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 22:09:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274702 3:09 PM: A big Seattle Fire response has rushed to a house in the 2200 block of 46th SW (map). Details to come.

3:19 PM: We’re still en route, but the call has closed, which explains the lack of scanner discussion.

3:36 PM: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore says the call turned out to be somebody burning leaves.

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Update: Fire call in 9000 block of 20th SW, but no fire http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/fire-call-in-9000-block-of-20th-sw-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/fire-call-in-9000-block-of-20th-sw-2/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 09:49:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274227

2:49 AM: Big Seattle Fire response on the way to a call in the 9000 block of 20th SW. Updates to come.

2:53 AM: First units on scene aren’t finding any sign of smoke or fire, so most of the units are being canceled.

3:12 AM: Our crew has verified at the scene, no fire. Residents say they smelled smoke and thought they saw some, but nothing turned up.

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Update: House-fire call in 4000 block SW Holgate http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/house-fire-call-in-4000-block-sw-holgate/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/house-fire-call-in-4000-block-sw-holgate/#comments Sat, 17 May 2014 14:47:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273688

(WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)
7:47 AM: Big Seattle Fire response for a possible house fire in North Admiral, in the 4000 block of Holgate (map). More to come.

7:50 AM: Small fire – it’s already reported tapped, and some units are being sent back.

8:07 AM: The fire was indeed small and was on the back porch, Seattle Fire is telling us on scene. Their investigator is currently trying to figure out how it started. No injuries.

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