West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle fires http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:07:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Update: Smoke, but no fire, at apartments in 9400 block 27th SW http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/fire-response-in-9400-block-27th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/fire-response-in-9400-block-27th-sw/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:09:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298547

(Photo courtesy Kyle Moore)
8:09 PM: Seattle Fire crews are checking out a possible fire in apartments in the 9400 block of 27th SW, on the north side of SW Roxbury. So far they’re not finding any sign of fire but possibly some smoke smell in one of the hallways.

8:39 PM UPDATE: We went over to check; that’s all it’s amounted to, so far – smoke, but no fire. Someone activated the fire alarm, firefighters tell us, but then apparently left the building and couldn’t be found for further inquiry. Police have the outer westbound lane on Roxbury blocked right before 27th while SFD is still on scene.

9:03 PM UPDATE: Update from SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore – smoldering food in a kitchen turned out to be the source of the smoke. Everyone’s been allowed back in, and SFD has cleared the scene, closing the call.

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Update: Car fire inside Admiral underground garage; no one hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/seattle-fire-response-for-car-fire-in-admiral-garage/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/seattle-fire-response-for-car-fire-in-admiral-garage/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 01:09:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297820

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
5:09 PM: Sizable Seattle Fire response right now for a car fire reported in the underground garage by the Admiral Bartell Drugs. Per scanner, the sprinkler system has it under control and ventilation is the big concern now. More to come.

(Photo courtesy Ted Johnson)
5:36 PM UPDATE: Our crew at the scene says one car was involved and the fire didn’t spread to others. Lots of water on the floor inside the garage because of the sprinklers. Nobody hurt.

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Update: Fire response at Admiral McDonald’s, but no fire http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/fire-response-at-admiral-mcdonalds/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/fire-response-at-admiral-mcdonalds/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 17:13:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296889

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
9:13 AM: Big Seattle Fire response at the McDonald’s in Admiral (3003 California SW), but our crew on the scene says it’s not a major problem – the smoke that led to fire concern was apparently sparked by mechanical trouble, possibly with the HVAC system. Some of the crews have been dismissed already. More to come.

9:20 AM: Just heard over the scanner – “this is smoke from a properly operating cooking exhaust system.” All but one engine will be leaving. (added) Our crew says SFD is allowing everyone back in, and the restaurant’s open for business.

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Update: Car fire at home in Westwood, no one hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/seattle-fire-handling-car-fire-at-westwood-home/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/seattle-fire-handling-car-fire-at-westwood-home/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 08:59:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296735

12:59 AM: What started as a house-fire response near 24th/Thistle in Westwood appears to have become a car-fire call. Firefighters are checking to be sure it hasn’t spread to the structure. More to come.

1:15 AM: Our crew at the scene was told by SFD that the fire started in a vehicle in a carport and also scorched a boat parked nearby, but didn’t spread to the house. No one is hurt.

1:36 AM: Photo added.

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Update: Fire call at apartment in 3600 block SW Genesee http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/fire-call-in-3600-block-sw-genesee/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/fire-call-in-3600-block-sw-genesee/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:58:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296332

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
1:58 PM: Another major Seattle Fire callout – this time at an apartment building in the 3600 block of SW Genesee (map). “Tapped” within minutes, according to radio report from the first units on scene, but we’re on our way to check.

2:26 PM UPDATE: It was a kitchen fire, but it spread briefly to some yarn (or similar material) in the cabinets by the stove, according to what firefighters told us at the scene, so it was very smoky, and that’s left them with a lot of ventilating to do. No injuries reported.

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About the fire response in 5600 block of 21st SW http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/fire-response-in-the-5600-block-of-21st-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/fire-response-in-the-5600-block-of-21st-sw/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:52:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296324 Big Seattle Fire response to a possible fire at a house in the 5600 block of 21st SW (map), but it was just a case of “food on the stove,” according to the first arrivals – cooking-oil flare-up, out fast. Most of the responding units are being canceled.

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Update: ‘Small’ fire at house in 3900 block of SW Holden http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/fire-response-for-house-in-3900-block-of-sw-holden/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/fire-response-for-house-in-3900-block-of-sw-holden/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:57:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295051 12:57 AM: A big Seattle Fire response is arriving at the 3900 block of SW Holden in Gatewood (map). It was described as a suspected roof fire; first units arriving aren’t seeing anything.

1 AM: They’re checking the attic, but report that it might just be “an overheated light fixture.” Some of the arriving units are being canceled.

1:09 AM: They’re now checking to be sure there’s not a smoldering fire in the ceiling.

1:11 AM: Minutes later, that’s what they’ve found, a small “smoldering fire in insulation … knob and tube wiring.”

1:19 AM: They’ve re-assessed the fire at 3′ x 3′ and declared it “under control.”

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Update: Overheated equipment brings big SFD response to Pioneer Industries on Highland Park Way SW http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/fire-call-on-highland-park-way-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/fire-call-on-highland-park-way-sw/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:04:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294522

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
10:04 PM: A fire call in the 7000 block of Highland Park Way SW has been upgraded to “fire in building” after starting at a less-serious designation. The address checks to Pioneer Industries, just uphill from West Marginal Way SW. We’re working to find out more.

10:09 PM: Via scanner, it’s being described as some kind of “industrial problem” inside the building that will have to be handled through the roof. Since it’s an industrial building, they’re trying to assess the risk before making further decisions how to deal with it.

10:32 PM: Highland Park Way hill is closed because of this, so it took us a bit to get here. It’s been described in radio communications as “overheated (equipment) with some roof char.” Light smoke in the building but no flames. No injuries reported. Some fire units are being cleared from the scene as this ramps down.

10:58 PM: Back from the scene (adding photos shortly) – our crew was told that the overheated equipment was a “heating element.” Ventilation of the building was the remaining task; in addition to doing that through the roof, SFD also had called in the MVU (mobile ventilation unit). Meantime, HP Way hill is reopening both ways, except for one downhill lane.

11:34 PM: All lanes reported open again.

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Two Seattle Fire updates: Medic response at Westwood Village this morning; what caused Beach Drive fire on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/two-seattle-fire-updates-medic-response-at-westwood-village-this-morning-what-caused-beach-drive-fire-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/two-seattle-fire-updates-medic-response-at-westwood-village-this-morning-what-caused-beach-drive-fire-on-saturday/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:15:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294149 Two updates from the Seattle Fire Department:

MAN COLLAPSES AT WESTWOOD VILLAGE: Teresa e-mailed about frantic efforts to assist a man who had collapsed at Westwood Village early this morning, near the Starbucks store. We asked SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore, who says the 55-year-old man collapsed in the parking lot while either headed to or from the nearby 24-Hour Fitness gym: “A citizen witnessed the collapse and immediately started CPR. Firefighters arrived and continued CPR for an hour. Also, they used the AED multiple times to get a heart rhythm. Medics transported the patient to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.”

FOLLOWUP ON SATURDAY’S APARTMENT FIRE: When we checked with SFD on Monday, they still didn’t know what had caused the Saturday fire that gutted a waterfront apartment in the 3800 block of Beach Drive; we published this followup, including a request from one resident to help her daughter find a new place to live. Today we’ve learned from spokesperson Moore that SFD has ruled the fire accidental, “caused by combustibles placed too close to an electrical baseboard heater.” We also have learned that two firefighters from Engine 29 were injured – previously, one injury was mentioned; their injuries are described as “minor burns.” As reported Monday, damage totaled $180,000. With the update, Moore also offered a link about fire safety for apartments – see it here.

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Beach Drive apartment-fire followups: Family’s request; firefighter’s condition http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/beach-drive-apartment-fire-followups-familys-request-firefighters-condition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/beach-drive-apartment-fire-followups-familys-request-firefighters-condition/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:56:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293877

(Saturday photo courtesy of Michelle)
We’re following up today on the big fire that gutted a unit at a waterfront apartment building in the 3800 block of Beach Drive this past Saturday (WSB coverage here):

FIRE’S CAUSE: Seattle Fire spokesperson Kyle Moore tells WSB that investigators still have not determined how it started.

FIREFIGHTER’S CONDITION: As reported on Saturday, a firefighter had to go to the hospital Saturday for treatment of unspecified injuries. Moore says he was treated and released the same day.

FAMILY’S REQUEST: Kindhearted community members asked in comments here (and in the neighborhood) if they could do anything to help the family whose apartment was gutted. Patricia, who lived there with daughter Amanda, says there is ONE thing they do need help with:

Thank you so much for everyone’s concern and offers of help. We are truly blessed at the response of both friends and strangers to this disaster. We are doing well and have temporary housing, and mom has a permanent place coming up, but what is really needed right now is long-term housing for my 27-year-old daughter who was staying with me at the time of the fire and also lost absolutely everything. She works in West Seattle and needs a long-term, affordable place to live. If anybody has any ideas, that would be greatly appreciated! Thank you again for the outpouring of support… It means everything at a time like this! I can be reached at raisen@chico.com

The Red Cross was called in to help the family right after the fire; here’s an explanation of how that works.

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Update: Apartment fire in 3800 block Beach Drive; firefighter hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/fire-callout-in-the-3800-block-of-beach-drive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/fire-callout-in-the-3800-block-of-beach-drive/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:10:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293615 (SCROLL DOWN for newest information)

(1st, 2nd, 4th photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
3:10 PM: Big Seattle Fire response to an apartment building in the 3800 block of Beach Drive (map), and the first units say they’re seeing flames. More to come.

3:18 PM: Firefighters are reporting that one unit of the three-story 12-unit building is fully involved in flames. (added) You can see it in this photo tweeted by Vanessa:


That view is looking at the burning waterfront unit from nearby Harbor West, the condo building on pilings over the water, south of Cormorant Cove Park. So far, no word of any injuries.

3:37 PM: Radio communications indicate firefighters have searched the building and so far it appears everyone got out OK. Seattle Fire’s public-information officer is headed there, so our crew at the scene will get a full update before too long.

3:48 PM: Thanks to Tracy Dart for the view just above this line, with one of the ladder trucks summoned to the scene. Our crew says there’s no more smoke, but as you can also see in Tracy’s view, the response is so big, Beach Drive will remain closed for a while. Via the scanner, we’re hearing firefighters declaring the fire “tapped”; they’re trying to get a Metro bus so that the people who can’t get into their units will have someplace warm to wait. Our crew talked to residents who say they’re waiting to hear if and when they’ll be able to get back into the units that were not involved in the fire.

4:09 PM: The briefing at the scene was given by Fire Chief Gregory Dean (video added):

He says a firefighter was hurt and taken to a hospital – he didn’t have details on the nature of the injury. Otherwise, everyone who lived at the building is believed to have gotten out OK, including at least three dogs. Too soon to know how the fire started. Some of the units are being dismissed from the scene now that the operation is winding down.

(Added: Photo courtesy Michelle)
4:31 PM: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore is there too and tells us the firefighter’s injuries are minor. The building has 12 units; 7 people and 4 dogs were home when this started, he says, confirming all got out OK.

5:17 PM: More post-fire logistics at the scene, per scanner: They’ll be keeping a fire watch with a crew at the scene in case of flareups; the Red Cross is being called to help the unit’s residents and their dog; there’s a call out to get the road sanded so residual water from the firefight doesn’t create an ice hazard.

9:06 PM: We don’t know yet how the fire started. But we have one more view of the scene, shared by artist Joshua Boulet, who lives nearby:

That is one of two sketches he made; you can see the other on his website.

9:55 PM: An update from SFD – they still don’t know the cause, but damage totaled $180,000. Everyone was able to go back into their apartments but the people living on the beach level, where the fire was.

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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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