UPDATE: SFD response in 9200 block 12th SW

May 28, 2015 at 6:33 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | No Comments

6:33 AM: Thanks to the tipster who texted about a Seattle Fire response in the 9200 block of 12th SW. The initial call went out about 15 minutes ago as a possible house fire; no indication so far of anything major, but we’re checking.

6:43 AM: Verifying it wasn’t anything major, the call has now fully closed (meaning all SFD units have left).

Big response in Admiral, but a false alarm

May 27, 2015 at 11:45 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 2 Comments

What was dispatched to California/Hill as a “multiple casualty incident,” initially with a big response so far hasn’t turned out to be anything, per scanner – apparently some kind of false report. Just mentioning it because so many people heard the sirens and have been texting us to ask. The call’s now closed.

UPDATE: ’5-way intersection’ west of low bridge open again after propane tank triggers hazmat response

May 21, 2015 at 11:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | No Comments

11:30 AM: Avoid the “five-way intersection” area west of the low bridge for now – Seattle Fire has it at least partly blocked off because of a hazmat response.

(Added: WSB photo – that’s the tank in the background, by a traffic-signal pole)
11:40 AM: We’ve just arrived at the scene, and SFD has just tweeted what it’s about: “HazMat response on W Marginal Way SW is a propane tank that fell off a truck and began leaking.” But, SFD adds, “the hazard (is) mitigated.” Side note: This is just yards from Station 36 – which was the original address on the call, later changed.

12:34 PM: SDOT says the intersection is fully open now, including the southbound lanes onto Delridge.

One person taken to hospital after collision in The Junction

May 1, 2015 at 11:48 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 4 Comments

If you saw the emergency vehicles on 44th SW in front of Junction True Value – one woman has been taken to the hospital by Seattle Fire medic crews after getting hit while walking, in a collision that SFD told us also included multiple vehicles. Police were also on the scene. Her injuries are not life-threatening. Most of the activity was in the store’s front lot and on the southbound shoulder of 44th, so traffic was still getting through.

UPDATE: Air, sea search off Alki after life ring spotted off Bainbridge-bound state ferry

April 26, 2015 at 10:05 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 6 Comments

10:05 PM: Thanks to the texter who asked about a stopped ferry off Alki. According to a tweet from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, there was a report of a possible person overboard from the Bainbridge-bound M/V Puyallup. We note via MarineTraffic.com that Seattle fireboat Leschi is in the area too, and the Bremerton ferry M/V Kaleetan is stopped. The BIFD said the U.S. Coast Guard also would be responding.

10:11 PM UPDATE: Washington State Ferries has now acknowledged the “search and rescue operation” via its “bulletins” page.

10:29 PM UPDATE: Per BIFD, the Coast Guard is sending a helicopter to help.

10:42 PM UPDATE: Our partners at The Seattle Times quote the USCG as saying this started when a life ring with a strobe light was spotted in the water, and that a head count was being done aboard M/V Puyallup to try to determine if anyone is missing. It’s now headed back to Colman Dock.

11:31 PM UPDATE: The Coast Guard has tweeted that it’s still searching. Puyallup remains docked in Seattle, while Kaleetan headed back to Bremerton. (Added: Three minutes after this update, Puyallup left for Bainbridge.)

Rescue response after car reportedly flips under bridge

April 25, 2015 at 2:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | Comments Off

2:12 AM: If you’ve heard all the sirens – a car is reported to have flipped under the bridge at Klickitat and Spokane, and that brought out a “heavy rescue” response, though it’s now reported that everyone got out of the car after all.

2:20 AM: One person is being taken to the hospital – by private ambulance, so the injuries are not life-threatening. The car is reported to be on a set of tracks, so they’re contacting BNSF to make sure no train traffic comes through the area while this is being handled.

UPDATE: Construction blamed for Alki gas leak on 55th SW

April 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 1 Comment

1:54 PM: Thanks to the neighbor who sent that photo and word of Seattle Fire‘s multiple-unit dispatch to a gas leak in the 2400 block of 55th SW. No word of injuries, nor do we know the circumstances yet, but we do know Puget Sound Energy has arrived and just shut off the gas.

5:35 PM: We talked to SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore about what happened. He says a construction crew working to build a driveway accidentally punctured the 1″ gas line. One person who was home in a nearby house was evacuated for about half an hour until utility crews took care of the situation.

UPDATE: 3 taken to hospital after one-car Highland Park crash

April 20, 2015 at 4:22 am | In Highland Park, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 3 Comments


4:22 AM: Another sizable response to a crash scene – this time, one vehicle is reported to have hit a tree in the 9000 block of Henderson Place (map) in Highland Park, with two people reported to be trapped. Both are reported to be conscious.

5:04 AM: Just back from the scene. The response was upgraded to “heavy rescue” while we were en route – second one of the night in West Seattle. Firefighters cut the driver out of the car, a 22-year-old man who medics took to Harborview.

Two others were hurt but got themselves out of the car, according to SFD, and were taken to the hospital by private ambulance. The road will be closed both ways at the crash scene while the investigation proceeds.

6:30 AM: Henderson Place is still blocked off at the crash scene; use 9th SW instead.

3:17 PM: Police confirm they are investigating the possibility of DUI.

UPDATE: Crash on California SW sends 1 to hospital, damages 2 parked cars

April 19, 2015 at 10:17 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 94 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN for Monday afternoon update)

(WSB photo by Katie Meyer)

10:17 PM: Big Seattle Fire, police response on the way to the 3900 block of California SW (map), where a multiple-car crash is drawing a “heavy rescue” response because someone might be trapped. More to come.

10:22 PM: Adding a photo from WSB’s Katie Meyer, who is at the scene. It shows one vehicle on its side blocking the sidewalk. She says firefighters are using the “jaws of life” to get to someone. Scanner: California is closed both ways between Bradford and Andover.

10:30 PM: If you are seeing police in nearby neighborhoods, they are investigating witnesses’ reports of at least two people who may have been involved and got out of vehicle(s) and fled the scene, “white males with white or light colored T-shirts, one in shorts, one in pants, both late teens, early 20s, slender build, about 6′ tall” (per scanner). No word yet on injuries; we do know a female was the person cut out of one car, the white one off to the right side of our first photo.

10:39 PM: From Katie at the scene: Witnesses say the two young men were in the white car (photo added above) and took off, apparently carrying a dog, leaving the woman trapped inside. The car that’s on its side (added: a Honda Element) was parked, no one inside. WSB’s Patrick Sand at the scene talked with precinct Capt. Pierre Davis, who says the woman was conscious and talking to paramedics at last report, and says they have conflicting reports on whether the two got away on foot or in a vehicle.

(This & next 2 photos by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
10:50 PM: Police are bringing in the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad, which likely means California SW will be closed at the scene for some hours while they investigate. The 17-year-old girl rescued from the white car has been taken to the hospital; SFD says she’s in stable condition.

11:56 PM: Investigation continues. No word yet on whether police have found either or both of the people they’re looking for. As noted in comments, the car’s owner came to the scene, saying he wasn’t involved, that someone else (who he reportedly knew) had been driving his car. The aforementioned dog was reported to be his.

Also in case you were wondering, the owners of the parked car that was hit and flipped (above) are aware of it … they told us they heard the crash and came out to find out it had been hit. (Added: You’ll note at the left of Christopher’s photo above, a second parked car was damaged too.) We’ll update when California reopens, and of course if there’s any other new information in the meantime.

2:45 AM: California SW is opening again – police are reopening the northbound lane and will route southbound traffic into the center lane for now.

3:19 AM: A commenter identifying herself as the injured girl’s mom says that the 17-year-old has “a broken collarbone, broken pelvis, and a collapsed lung.”

6:46 AM: Traffic flow at the scene was reported to be back to normal by daybreak. We expect to get an update from SPD later this morning and will add the info here.

ADDED 3:06 PM: Police say they’ve found everyone they were looking for, but no arrests so far, explains Det. Patrick Michaud: “We have spoken to all parties involved and they have denied racing. We will continue our investigation and if we determine that they were actually racing we can pursue charges after the fact. If anyone has videos or pictures to the contrary please call 206-684-8923.”

VIDEO: Electrical problem blamed for van fire inside Morgan Junction condo-building garage; no one hurt

April 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 19 Comments

(First three photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
3:39 PM: Avoid California SW south of Morgan Junction – a fire response has closed California in the 6900 block (map), south of Fauntleroy. It’s reported to be a car fire inside the garage of an apartment condo complex. Firefighters on the scene report heavy smoke and they’re having trouble getting to the source of the fire.

3:45 PM: Firefighters report they have “water on the fire” now.

3:50 PM: Fire’s still being fought; people in the building have been evacuated.
Though it’s a garage fire, lots of smoke is still coming out, and that’s being seen for a long ways around. No word of any injuries.

The big MVU ventilation unit is on the way to help.

(Updated photo: MVU in action)
4:01 PM: Again, California is blocked between Mills and Willow, lots of SFD. Investigators are on the way, to be ready to go in when it’s safe. Firefighters just reported by radio that they have searched upper floors of the building to make sure everyone got out OK.

(Added: Photo courtesy Diana Phelps)
We haven’t heard yet if the fire has spread beyond the garage at all, but as you can see in our photo, the smoke has been heavy. While it’s been described as apartments, county records show this is actually a 28-unit condominium building called Cinnamon Ridge.

4:20 PM: The MVU is being dismissed. Meantime, Metro has sent an alert that Route 22 is rerouted because of the fire. (Use stops north of Fauntleroy or south of Myrtle.)

We’ve just gotten briefed by SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore, who says: A VW Bus about 70 feet inside the garage is what caught fire. It was just underneath some of the building’s major electrical conduit, so the building has no power right now – they asked City Light to shut it off – and they’re evaluating the situation. A few residents were evaluated for possible smoke inhalation because of smoke in the lobby but no one needed hospitalization, we’re told.

4:50 PM: More units are being dismissed from the scene. We’ll update when the road reopens – for now, if you’re headed this way, you’ll want to access California south of Myrtle via Holden or Thistle from 35th. Meantime, our crew is back at HQ and we’re adding more photos.

5:19 PM: Adding video of SFD briefing mentioned above. California has now reopened both ways.

6:02 PM: Fire’s cause determined, we found out while revisiting the scene and talking to Moore, who had just tweeted it:


The last units are just now leaving the scene. Moore also told us no major damage to other vehicles in the garage because the van’s owner pushed it out of its space for more separation.

11:02 PM: We’ve learned that the building’s residents were advised to stay elsewhere tonight as the building management brings in private crews to assess damage and make repairs, especially to the electrical system. They’re expecting an update from building management tomorrow.

UPDATE: Seattle Fire rescues kayakers off Harbor Avenue

April 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 10 Comments

(WSB photo)
1:01 PM: Big Seattle Fire response this past half-hour for two kayakers reported to possibly be in trouble. The SFD units went to Jack Block Park; an SFD fireboat crew picked the kayakers up and took them to Seacrest. Rescuers checked them out and told us at the scene that neither needed to go to the hospital.

6:04 PM: This comment has more on what happened.

West Seattle traffic alert: Bus-car collision by Westwood Village, 1 hurt

April 3, 2015 at 5:44 pm | In West Seattle news, Westwood, WS breaking news | 5 Comments

SW Barton is blocked between 25th and 26th on the southeast side of Westwood Village after a car and Metro bus collided. Our crew says the car’s driver is going to the hospital; no injuries on the bus, which had no passengers as it was en route back to the terminal. A tow truck is expected in half an hour or so to clear the scene.

ADDED: Thanks to Heath for this photo:

‘Assault with weapons’ response on 9th SW

April 3, 2015 at 7:05 am | In Highland Park, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 1 Comment

7:05 AM: Police and fire are headed for the 8100 block of 9th SW. The call is “assault with weapons”; the initial reports are that someone has a gunshot wound, possibly self-inflicted. We’re headed over to find out.

7:08 AM: Per scanner, most of the SFD units are being canceled, but they’re calling for a chaplain.

7:32 AM: Police cars were visible at the scene, but the officers were in the house and unavailable to talk to. A reminder in the meantime … the local 24-hour hotline from the Crisis Clinic: 206-461-3222.

UPDATE: Smoldering paint can brings Seattle Fire response to house near 26th/Roxbury

March 30, 2015 at 2:37 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 4 Comments

2:37 AM: If you’re hearing the sirens – Seattle Fire is en route to a possible house fire near 26th/Roxbury. Updates as we get them.

2:41 AM: First units on scene aren’t seeing anything. They’re detecting a “light odor of smoke,” though. The dispatcher had told them the house is believed to be unoccupied and had recently been sold.

2:45 AM: “Paint can burning in the kitchen” is what they’ve found, and they’ve handled it. Most of the units are being dismissed.

3:27 AM: Remaining units are leaving, and the call will be closed.

Woman hit by driver at Westwood Village, taken to hospital

March 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm | In West Seattle news, Westwood, WS breaking news | 6 Comments

(WSB photo)
Thanks for the tips – we just checked out an incident that drew fire, police, and a private ambulance to Westwood Village, outside Marshall’s. SFD spokesperson Lt. Sue Stangl tells us the initial report was that two people were hit by a driver. We were told at the scene that one was being taken to the hospital by AMR, a woman who apparently had just been shopping at the store; her injuries were not major – she was talking with emergency personnel as they took care of her.

Update: 1 hurt in crash at West Marginal Way/Puget

March 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 10 Comments

(WSB photo)
5:35 PM: Crash at West Marginal Way SW/Puget (map), and SFD has dispatched a sizable “automobile rescue” response. Avoid the area; we’re on our way to find out more.

6 PM UPDATE: Southbound W. Marginal is blocked off at the Duwamish Longhouse; NB has a lane open. Police tell us one person was taken to the hospital, in stable condition. SFD says the victim was a female passenger and had to be cut out of the car; two others didn’t need medical attention. NB lanes open now, SB not likely to be long.

6:49 PM UPDATE: Commenters say the road has reopened both ways. We’re back at HQ and adding photos.

ADDED: The photo above this line is by Amy, who adds, “I live off of West Marginal and Puget Way and have seen several accidents at this spot. For your sake, and ours, please slow down on West Marginal!”

SUNDAY UPDATE: We’ve confirmed with police that the driver was arrested for suspected DUI. He and the other two people in the car were all in their early 20s and speed is believed to have been a factor as well.

UPDATE: Pole problem outside West Seattle PCC fixed, store open

March 21, 2015 at 10:25 am | In Safety, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 10 Comments

(SATURDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Pole fixed, store open)

10:25 AM: Thanks for all the tips (and the photo!). Police and firefighters are at PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) because, we’re told, a utility pole was hit by a truck and is in danger of toppling. The store is still open, we’re told, but Stevens is closed off at California on the south side of the store’s parking lot. We’re en route to find out more.

10:47 AM: Here’s what our crew found out: Until the pole problem (which is on the alley off the west side of the store and its lot) is fixed, much of the parking lot is blocked off, as is Stevens from the alley to 44th SW. Thanks to David Whiting from the Admiral Neighborhood Association for this photo:

The parking that remains open is on the east side (along California). The store itself is not affected otherwise. (Added: Here’s a photo from our crew, showing the entirety of the pole:)

We’ll check back again later.

1:20 PM UPDATE: The store confirmed, when we stopped by a short time ago, what commenter OVR said – they’ll have to close temporarily when the repairs are under way, because power will have to be cut. No ETA for that so far. More of the parking lot is open (about half), in the meantime.

6:23 PM: Went back to check. Store is temporarily closed while pole repair is under way.

6:59 PM: Back at HQ, added the photo of repairs under way. No ETA on reopening but we’re told the store does hope to reopen sometime this evening (midnight is the usual closing time), so we’ll update when there’s word.

8:23 PM: Now that the pole repairs are over, the store’s open, says Melissa via Twitter, but no hot bar/soup for the rest of the night.

Update: Seattle Fire response in The Junction; no fire

March 15, 2015 at 8:20 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 3 Comments

(Thanks to Aleda for sharing the photo)
8:20 PM: Seattle Fire crews are checking out a possible fire at 4700 42nd SW (the Jefferson Square office building). Nothing reported to have been found so far; they’re checking floor by floor.

8:24 PM: Still nothing found; much of the response is being dismissed.

8:58 PM: The call is now completely closed, meaning all SFD crews have left the scene.

Update: Fire response on 54th Place SW in Alki area, but no fire

March 6, 2015 at 7:04 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 2 Comments

(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
7:04 PM: For those asking about the big Seattle Fire response to a possible “fire in building” on 54th Place SW in Alki: The call is being reduced and most of the engines are being dismissed, though, as they’re not finding any sign of fire or even smoke.

7:51 PM: Turns out longtime WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli did go to check it out; we’re adding his photo of the last unit that was left on scene as of quarter past 7 or so, Engine 29 from Admiral. Christopher says he asked the firefighters if it was a case of “food on the stove” and they replied, not even that.

Update: Fire response in 6500 block of 35th SW

February 28, 2015 at 10:31 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 10 Comments

10:31 PM: Big Seattle Fire response now in the 6500 block of 35th SW. Updates shortly.

10:37 PM: 35th northbound is blocked at SW Holly, according to the scanner. We’ve just arrived in the area; there’s also an engine in the southbound lanes at 35th north of Morgan.

10:42 PM: No fire, though alarms were going off, firefighters have determined (this is in the apartments next to WS Food Bank). So they’re packing up.

Update: Pickup truck flips in Gatewood, hit-run driver flees

February 22, 2015 at 3:18 am | In Gatewood, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 16 Comments

(Added: WSB photos by Tracy Record)
3:16 AM UPDATE: Busy night for emergency responders. Now there’s word of a flipped pickup truck in Gatewood, near 39th/Myrtle. It went out as a major “heavy rescue” response but most units have been canceled. We’re checking it out.

3:37 AM UPDATE: Police told us at the scene that the pickup’s driver was gone when they arrived, so this is a hit-and-run. The driver appears to have hit a parked vehicle and a couple of mailboxes along 39th SW south of Myrtle before the truck flipped. So this is the second hit-and-run-away of the night in West Seattle.

Update: Rescue response off Beach Drive; everybody OK

February 17, 2015 at 3:34 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 5 Comments

(WSB photo)
3:34 PM: Rescuers are headed to 63rd/Beach Drive to look for a report of two people on a raft that might be having trouble getting back to shore. More to come.

3:38 PM UPDATE: Via scanner, we’re hearing that the scene is a bit further south, by the Harbor West condos-on-pilings, and that Harbor Patrol has made contact with the two people, “neither in need of medical attention, all persons accounted for,” so most of the rescue response will be canceled.

About the police/fire response at California/Admiral

January 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 9 Comments

(WSB photo)
Lot of questions came in about a police/fire response at California/Admiral a little while ago. We got there as it was breaking up, and here’s what police told us: They were called about a man who was yelling unintelligibly. But he didn’t commit a crime, and wasn’t in need of medical attention, so they all wound up leaving, as did he.

Update: Fire response in 1500 block Alki

January 29, 2015 at 6:15 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | Comments Off

(WSB photo)
6:15 PM: Seattle Fire is arriving at a 6-story apartment building in the 1500 block of Alki to check out a possible fire. More to come.

6:21 PM: Not a full-blown fire; some SFD units have already been dismissed.

6:30 PM: SFD tells us at the scene, just a fireplace fire gone a bit out of control with smoke and embers. Everyone’s OK and this is wrapping up.

Update: Driver hurt after car-flip crash in Morgan Junction

January 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 17 Comments

(Photo courtesy Edgar Riebe)
4:03 PM: On SW Morgan between 41st and 42nd, just east of West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), police and fire are dealing with the flipped car you see above. Thanks to everybody who’s texted, called, sent photos. Metro says Route 128 is re-routed as a result – use the stop on Morgan east of 38th. More to come.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
4:09 PM: Added another photo. Our crew at the scene tells us the driver of the flipped car (added: 73, per SFD) was taken to the hospital; she hit a parked car that’s also seriously damaged.

Tow crews are at the scene now.

4:46 PM: The road is open again – Metro just texted that Route 128 is back to normal routing.

Update: Motorcyclist hurt in incident at 59th/Alki

January 26, 2015 at 9:36 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 1 Comment

(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
9:36 PM: Alki Avenue SW is blocked at 59th right now because of a crash involving a motorcycle rider. We’ve heard conflicting reports about whether or not another vehicle is involved. More to come.

10:03 PM: The scene is already clear. WSB’s Christopher Boffoli got here before SPD left and says the rider was the only one involved and is being taken to the hospital.

10:42 PM: A little more from Christopher: “I spoke with a friend of the victim who told me a group of friends were departing eastbound at the same time, several on motorcycles and a few more in cars, from roughly the intersection of 59th & Alki. The man I spoke to said he watched as his friend wobbled and lost control of his motorcycle right in front of Saigon Boat Cafe. He said the victim has recently had a shoulder injury and that tonight he apparently fell over and hit the street on the same shoulder. The bike was drivable so his friends were riding it home for the victim.”

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