West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle fires http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:02:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Update: Kitchen fire at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/new-fire-callout-in-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/new-fire-callout-in-high-point/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:52:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283666

(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
6:52 AM: Now a second fire response – again, it’s always a big response for a building, until crews get there and evaluate – this time, 6400 Sylvan Way SW, which is Neighborhood House in High Point.

6:56 AM: SFD reports it’s a kitchen fire at High Point Center. They’re reducing the response, canceling some of the units that were headed that way. The biggest challenge, per scanner, is dealing with the automatic sprinkler system.

7:07 AM: SFD’s investigator won’t be able to get to this scene until he’s done at the fire on SW Barton in Westwood.

9:40 AM NOTE: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli checked back at the center a short time ago and says they were finishing cleanup and expected to open for the day shortly.

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Update: Fire at boarded-up house in Westwood http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-callout-in-westwood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-callout-in-westwood/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:09:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283659

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
6:09 AM: Thanks for the texts about all the sirens. There’s a “fire in building” callout at 26th/Barton.

6:38 AM: It’s a residential building across from Westwood Village. No injuries reported.

6:52 AM: Some of the units have been dismissed – again, this was a large initial callout just because that is standard operating procedure for a building fire call until crews arrive. Others are leaving now for a separate fire call in High Point.

7:06 AM: No word of the cause yet – fire investigator is still on scene.

7:47 AM: 26th SW is still closed at the scene, though the fire’s been out a while.

8:28 AM: Seattle Fire spokesperson Kyle Moore says that while the home was indeed boarded up – as noted in comments below – the “house and backyard were full of combustible materials.” Though neighbors mention squatters, he says firefighters didn’t find anyone inside when they searched the house. They’re not sure yet how it started; damage is estimated at $55,000.

8:47 AM: SFD will be keeping “fire watch” at the house (which is in the 9200 block of 26th) for a while; Ladder 11 (above) just arrived to help with that.

4:50 PM: SFD published a wrap-up report on its Fireline site, noting that “evidence of transient activity” was found inside the house, which was “released (to its) owner” this afternoon. The cause remains officially listed as “undetermined.”

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Update: Dryer fire in condo building at south end of Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-call-at-south-end-of-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fire-call-at-south-end-of-the-junction/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:32:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283376

12:32 PM: Seattle Fire crews are at a condominium building in the 5000 block of California SW on the south end of The Junction for a “fire in building” call. The street is shut down at the scene.

They’re finding light smoke but still looking for its source. More shortly.

12:46 PM: Our crew on scene has talked to the incident commander, who says the fire was traced to a dryer. No injuries. California SW shouldn’t be closed too much longer, maybe 20 minutes or so.

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Update: House-fire call on 24th SW = ‘food on stove’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/house-fire-call-on-24th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/house-fire-call-on-24th-sw/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:33:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282845

Seattle Fire has sent a sizable response to the 7500 block of 24th SW (map) for a possible house fire. First crews on scene are seeing “light smoke” from the second floor.

7:47 PM UPDATE: The fire call turned out to be “food on the stove.” Lots of smoke, though, so fans are being used to ventilate the residence right now. No injuries reported. Most units have been dismissed.

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West Seattle traffic-alert update: Eastbound bridge lanes open again after car-fire response http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-car-fire-on-eastbound-bridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-car-fire-on-eastbound-bridge/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:10:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281806

That camera view shows the eastbound bridge is partly blocked – looks like the right lane and the bus lane – near the peak of the high-rise because of a car fire. (See other camera views on the WSB Traffic page.)

5:51 PM: It appears this might clear soon – camera shows a tow truck on scene.

5:55 PM: And – all lanes open again.

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Update: North Delridge house fire blamed on wiring problem; separate police investigation http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/house-fire-call-in-4800-block-25th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/house-fire-call-in-4800-block-25th-sw/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:59:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281719

6:59 AM: Seattle Fire units are arriving at a possible house fire in the 4800 block of 25th SW [map]. More to come.

7:07 AM: It was declared “tapped” relatively quickly. Via scanner, crews are reporting it as a “room fire” and saying two people were home at the time, both of whom got out OK.

7:29 AM: The fire is out and firefighters are leaving. Police are on scene investigating what was described via scanner traffic as an apparent (marijuana) “grow op.”

7:56 AM: City Light is on scene too; fire and police are continuing to investigate.

8:24 AM: SFD says the fire was started by a wiring problem, with damage confined to a “back bedroom” and estimated at $15,000. The SFD report says police are investigating “items found in the basement of the home.” Our crew, still on scene, says that the remaining fire crew is pulling material away from one corner of the back of the house (photo added above), apparently to check for anything still smoldering.

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Update: Small fire on 26th off Thistle in Westwood ruled accidental http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/house-fire-call-at-26th-and-trenton-north-of-westwood-village/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/house-fire-call-at-26th-and-trenton-north-of-westwood-village/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:52:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281603

ORIGINAL 2:52 PM REPORT: Seattle Fire crews are headed to a house-fire call at 26th and Trenton. Details to come.

2:58 PM UPDATE: This has now changed to a fire off 26th SW near Thistle (map), further north than first reported. It’s a small fire, reported to be out, possibly set. Most of the units have been dismissed.

3:31 PM UPDATE: The fire was set in a bush in a residential neighborhood east of Southwest Athletic Complex – dangerously close to homes.

5:01 PM UPDATE: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore tells us investigators determined it was accidental – “improperly discarded smoking materials” are blamed; a nearby resident put it out with a garden hose before firefighters arrived.

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Video: Police investigating house fire in 7300 block of 16th SW as arson; 1 person hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/house-call-in-7300-block-of-16th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/house-call-in-7300-block-of-16th-sw/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:01:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281162 (UPDATED mid-evening with video of SFD briefing, aftermath photo, SPD infolink)

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
4:01 PM: Firefighters are just arriving at a home in the 7300 block of 16th SW (map), and say they are seeing flames. They’re blocking 16th at the fire scene. More to come.

4:09 PM: Though it’s not confirmed arson, witnesses are reported to have told police/firefighters they saw fireworks thrown toward the house before the fire – the initial description was broadcast as three “Hispanic-looking” teens/young adults, all dressed in different colors of gray, with backpacks. We’ll be asking authorities at the scene about that. Meantime, firefighters continue arriving.

4:18 PM: Added the first photo from our crew at the scene. No flames visible now but lots of smoke. (Added:) Police tape is now up:

4:31 PM: A neighbor tells WSB they heard a loud “bang”-type noise and were calling 911 when they saw the smoke. Meantime, police and firefighters have moved us further back from the scene than usual – not because of the fire, which seems to be mostly out, but because of the investigation. So far, no word of injuries – or arrests. Meantime, per scanner, the descriptions have changed/evolved – so what was mentioned earlier may no longer be accurate; they’re continuing to search (if you see anyone/anything suspicious, please call 911).

4:50 PM: Though the firefighting is wrapping up, 16th SW is still closed in the Webster-Othello vicinity. The incident commander confirms no one was hurt, but damage is extensive; the official investigation into its cause continues. Also note, Route 128 is rerouting as a result of the closure. (Added: Also Route 125.)

6:18 PM: This is now confirmed as an arson investigation, and we’re now told 1 person suffered a burn injury. (Added: Our video of SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore‘s early-evening briefing at the scene:)

6:56 PM: Here’s what SPD Blotter has to say about the investigation.

Also – 16th SW has just reopened, which means bus routes are back to normal.

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Update: Overheated power cord blamed for house fire in 6500 block of Delridge Way; no one hurt; cat rescued http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/house-fire-call-in-6500-block-of-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/house-fire-call-in-6500-block-of-delridge/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:23:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280724 (UPDATED with fire’s cause – scroll down)

(WSB photo: E-29 firefighter Todd Jensen carries cat rescued by E-11 firefighter Annie Olson)
11:23 AM: Big fire response en route to a house in the 6500 block of Delridge Way SW (map). It’s a basement fire, according to an early report from the scene, which also said everybody got out OK. More to come.

11:30 AM UPDATE: Added a Twitter photo (thanks, @cubanrefugee) – our crew is almost there. Police are being asked to block Delridge both ways in the area, which is north of the busy intersection with Orchard/Dumar businesses. LOTS of smoke, which is an extra reason to stay away.

11:40 AM UPDATE: Our crew says wind is blowing the smoke further down Delridge – so you might be noticing it some distance away. SFD has sent more equipment to the scene. We’ve added a quick clip via Instagram – you can see the billowing smoke.

11:52 AM: Our crew on the scene and scanner traffic both indicate firefighters are making progress – they’ve declared the fire “tapped” but that still leaves more work to do; they’ve mentioned smoldering insulation, for example.

Also: At least one pet, a cat, has been rescued.

12:25 PM: SFD PIO Kyle Moore is on scene so we’ll have additional information soon. Also note – Metro Route 120 is rerouted because of the fire-related Delridge closure.

1:07 PM: Moore (briefing video added above) confirmed that no one was hurt; one cat rescued, another bolted, and another is being sought. Four people were working in the back yard when the fire started in the basement – no word on the cause yet. Delridge Way is now open again, and Route 120 is back to normal.

3:22 PM: SFD says an overheated power cord was to blame. Damage totaled $200,000. In addition to the three cats who survived along with the four residents, their half-dozen chickens are OK too.

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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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