UPDATE: SW Barton reopening after substance found on Metro bus turned out NOT to be a ‘hazardous material’

September 2, 2015 at 4:42 pm | In West Seattle news, Westwood, WS breaking news | 10 Comments

(WSB photo. Note: This is NOT the bus on which the substance was found – that’s a few buses down)

4:42 PM: Eastbound Barton is closed right now at 30th SW because of a Seattle Fire response at the bus stop across from Westwood Village. According to the scanner, a “white powder” of some kind was found on a bus, which subsequently was evacuated, and they’re treating it as a possible hazmat situation until otherwise determined. We’ve just arrived at the scene to find out more.

4:48 PM UPDATE: This appears to be happening aboard a C-Line bus – not the one in our photo, a short ways east on Barton, which is now blocked both ways.

4:55 PM UPDATE: We’ve confirmed with SFD at the scene that no one has needed medical treatment. The suspicious substance was called in by the bus driver. Barton remains blocked off between 30th and 26th. (And yes, that is a TV helicopter that just arrived over the scene.)

5:09 PM UPDATE: Crews are suiting up in hazmat gear.

5:25 PM UPDATE: They subsequently went into the bus. We’re waiting to hear/see what happens next. Again, Barton is blocked BOTH WAYS.

5:33 PM: The verdict: Cleaning supplies (photo added above).

Barton will reopen shortly.

UPDATE: 2 people rescued from on-its-side vehicle in Seaview

September 2, 2015 at 9:41 am | In Seaview, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 33 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

9:41 AM: Big Seattle Fire/Police response en route right now to 49th SW and SW Graham (map) in Seaview, where a two-car crash is reported, one said to be “on its side” per the dispatch. More to come.

9:44 AM: First SFD crew at the scene confirms one vehicle, an SUV, is on its side and two people are inside – they’re checking on injuries as well as how to get them out. The response is being upgraded to “heavy rescue,” which means even more SFD vehicles headed that way.

9:52 AM: They’re getting the two people out now. Some of the responding units are being canceled.

9:58 AM: Our crew at the scene confirms both people are out of the vehicle that went into a tree on the SE corner of 49th/Graham; the other vehicle is a silver Volvo still out in the intersection.

Lots of SFD units still in the area so stay clear – 49th is residential but 48th, one block east, is a minor arterial through the area.

10:04 AM: Per our crew, the two people who were cut out of that vehicle – you’ll note that its roof is now missing, as shown in our top photo – will be taken to a hospital for evaluation, by private ambulance.

10:32 AM: The flipped Hyundai was headed eastbound on Graham, the Volvo northbound on 49th, when they collided, police tell us, as they continue investigating. The Volvo’s driver was unhurt.

UPDATE: Water-rescue call off 1200 block Alki, 4 kayakers brought in safely

August 31, 2015 at 4:57 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 7 Comments

4:57 PM: SFD and SPD are en route to the 1200 block of Alki for a report of paddlers in trouble. More to come.

(Photo by David Hutchinson)
5:06 PM: Scanner indicates 4 people picked up, kayaks being retrieved. An SFD boat is bringing them to shore for evaluation.

(Photo by Lynn Hall)
Some of the emergency vehicles are being dismissed but stay away from 1200 block Alki for a while.

(WSB photo)
5:15 PM: We confirmed, four people, two kayaks. SFD medic units are standing by at Don Armeni just in case.

5:26 PM: Talked to the medics. No one needs to be taken to the hospital.

(Photo by Steven Director)
The kayaks were being brought to shore.

Toddler taken to hospital after falling from 3rd-floor window

August 26, 2015 at 1:38 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 5 Comments

(Texted reader photo of emergency crews at today’s incident)

For the second time in less than a week, a child has been hurt in a fall from a third-floor window in West Seattle. A 22-month-old boy has just been rushed to Harborview Medical Center after an incident near 44th SW and SW Genesee. He was described as conscious, alert, and not believed to have life-threatening injuries. Six days ago, two boys ages 1 and 2 fell from a third-floor window near 34th and Holly. They were in the ICU at Harborview at last report (we are checking for an update on their conditions); a neighbor shared information in this WSB comment about a donation drive for the family.

SAFETY INFORMATION: The group Safe Kids Worldwide says, “Unintentional falls are the number-one cause of non-fatal injury for children,” and offers safety advice here.

UPDATE: Flipped-car crash on Highland Park Way

August 23, 2015 at 2:56 am | In Highland Park, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | No Comments

(WSB photo by Tracy Record)

2:56 AM: If you’re hearing the sirens in southeast West Seattle – Seattle Fire and Police are headed to a crash involving an overturned vehicle on the Highland Park Way hill. No word yet on injuries.

3:06 AM: The SFD response has been canceled, generally an indication of no serious injuries.

3:55 AM: The crash was midway on the hill, south/west-bound side. Trying to determine that, we were stopped for a short time as the tow truck brought the vehicle upright and temporarily blocked all lanes (that’s over now). We weren’t able to talk with police to get information but will follow up when we can.

UPDATE: Man shot inside Junction apartment building; victim’s brother arrested

August 23, 2015 at 12:05 am | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 3 Comments

(UPDATED 11:16 AM with new information from police)

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

12:05 AM: Police and fire are rushing to the 4800 block of California SW for a report of a man with a gunshot wound in an apartment building. More to come.

12:14 AM UPDATE: From the scanner, the victim is a man around 35 years old, with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. An SFD medic unit is taking him to Harborview Medical Center. No suspect in custody yet.

12:24 AM UPDATE: Our crew now at the scene reports police have someone in handcuffs – that doesn’t always mean an arrest, though, so we’ll be working to verify at the scene. Scanner traffic indicates police believe it’s the person they were looking for.

12:32 AM UPDATE: Police say they’re not looking for any other suspects; they also confirm the suspect and victim are believed to be known to each other. This is the second shooting in West Seattle in five nights, after the Tuesday night incident that began with a robbery in Admiral and ended with the victim shot in the leg while in a car in North Delridge.

ADDED 11:16 AM: New information from police – they say this is a case of domestic violence, as the 19-year-old man in custody is the shooting victim’s brother. They also say they recovered a loaded handgun and shell casing when searching the apartment. No information about the victim’s condition, though.

UPDATE: Two children hospitalized in intensive care after falling from window

August 20, 2015 at 6:54 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 20 Comments

(UPDATED FRIDAY AFTERNOON with children’s condition – scroll down)
6:54 PM: Major medical response under way right now at 34th and Morgan – two children are injured and being rushed to Harborview. Scanner traffic indicates a fall from a window.

7 PM: We’ve arrived at the scene. This is actually closer to 34th and Holly and apparently happened in an alley behind a cluster of townhouses on the west side of 34th.

7:04 PM: Via Twitter, SFD confirms a 1-year-old boy and 2 year-old boy fell about 30 feet from a window and are both in serious condition.

7:10 PM: SFD medic units have now rushed both children to Harborview and the remaining SFD units are clearing from the scene.

9:19 PM: We’re not likely to get any further information tonight but will follow up tomorrow.

2:11 PM FRIDAY: We’ve just heard back from Harborview Medical Center, with whom we inquired this morning in hopes of getting an update on the boys. An HMC spokesperson tells WSB they are both in intensive care, both still listed in serious condition.

CRASH UPDATES: Flipped vehicle at 5th & Roxbury; 2 collisions on eastbound bridge; 3-car crash at Olson & Cambridge; SB 99 trouble

August 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 23 Comments

(ADDED: Four more crashes since the downpour began – scroll down)

FIRST REPORT, 5TH/ROXBURY CRASH, 1 PM: Big Seattle Fire and Police response is on the way to 5th and Roxbury, for what’s reported as a rollover crash. Passersby are reported to have gotten everyone out of the vehicle. More to come.

1:17 PM: As shown in our photo above, this is on the north side of Roxbury just east of 5th. No serious injuries. Too soon to say what caused it, but a thunderstorm was moving through the area when it happened – and it’s still raining heavily. (2:27 pm – The vehicle has been towed.)

1:48 PM, BRIDGE CRASH: The downpour continues, as do the thunder and lightning. Now there’s a spinout crash on the eastbound bridge, near the Delridge onramp. One lane is reported to be blocked. No one hurt. (2:09 pm - police are blocking the Delridge onramp while working to clear this. 2:26 pm – The ramp has reopened.)

1:54 PM, OLSON/CAMBRIDGE CRASH: Now, police that were at the 5th and Roxbury crash are reporting a multiple-vehicle crash to the east, in the Olson & Cambridge vicinity. At least one person is reported to be hurt. (2:09 pm – three vehicles involved here; they’re calling for tows; 2:26 pm – they’re asking for an SDOT crew to inspect the roadway to see if it’s safe for travel.)

3:02 PM, EASTBOUND BRIDGE AGAIN: Now a two-vehicle collision involving a Metro bus is reported on the eastbound bridge near the Delridge onramp. (3:25 pm – this is “taking up 2 1/2 lanes,” per police radio transmissions, and there’s possible jersey-barrier damage that will need repairs.)

3:52 PM, SOUTHBOUND 99: Trouble on SB 99, per SDOT:


UPDATE: Driver taken to hospital after flipping stolen car northeast of Morgan Junction

August 12, 2015 at 8:04 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 20 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
8:04 PM: Big Seattle Fire/Police “heavy rescue” response at Fauntleroy/Juneau – at least one vehicle has crashed; per scanner, everyone is out, and the crash has taken down a streetlight post. More to come.

8:18 PM UPDATE: Just arriving at the crash scene; the overturned car is on northbound Fauntleroy just north of Juneau. Southbound traffic is still getting through, with an officer directing in the street.

8:23 PM UPDATE: Photos added. As it shows, the car flipped just off Fauntleroy, which is about to be reopened in the northbound direction too. We’re told the 25-year-old woman driving the car was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

8:34 PM UPDATE: City Light is on scene, evaluating the downed-pole situation. It’s not clear yet how long the crash scene will remain closed – depends on decisions involving repairs and investigation.

9:49 PM UPDATE: As of a few minutes ago, a tow truck was at the scene and the car had been turned back upright. The plate on the car in our photo was described over police radio as a stolen plate – we’re trying to confirm whether the car itself (which apparently was not the car associated with that plate) was stolen.

3:45 PM THURSDAY: SPD confirms the car was stolen and that the driver is under investigation for DUI. We also have an update on her age: 32.

UPDATE: Firefighters, neighbors stop Arroyos brush fire before it reaches homes

August 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 31 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN for newest update – fire determined to have been accidental)

1:25 PM: Big Seattle Fire response to a possible house fire in the 10900 block of 39th SW (map). It was first called in as a brush fire. More to come.

(Photo from Steph)
1:32 PM UPDATE: Firefighters on the scene are calling for more engines.

(Photo from Alison)
1:44 PM UPDATE: SFD confirms it’s a brush fire at this point but that three homes are threatened and they’re working hard to keep the flames from getting to those houses. Our crew is almost there.

1:50 PM UPDATE: We’ve just arrived at the scene. The fire has just been reported to be under control.


1:57 PM UPDATE: The fire is estimated at up to 2 acres. Now just hotspots, according to SFD. Avoid Marine View Drive in this area – fire vehicles are concentrated at 39th/109th, which is where MV Drive takes a turn. Adding photos, ours and those tweeted/sent to us (thank you!).

(Photo by Hal Tangen)
2:07 PM UPDATE: We’ve confirmed the fire did not reach any of the homes. No word of any injuries, nor of how the fire started, but SFD’s public-information officer is reported to be en route, so we’ll get an update soon, in addition to what we’re finding out from firefighters/incident commander.

2:15 PM UPDATE: The fire’s now been declared “tapped,” still with some hotspots.

2:36 PM UPDATE: We’ve just talked with SFD public-information officer Kyle Moore. He says the fire got within 75 yards of at least one house before it was stopped. The cause remains under investigation, and crews will be in the area working on hotspots for quite a while, so stay away from the south end of Marine View Drive.

3:05 PM UPDATE: If you’re seeing/hearing a helicopter – Guardian One is helping SFD locate remaining hotspots.

4:15 PM: SFD says the cause “is accidental – improperly disposed-of staining rags in direct sunlight” – someone was staining furniture and left the rags out in the open – this isn’t the first fire we’ve covered where that kind of combustion happened. Spokesperson Moore also reaffirms that no one was hurt, and that while they had Seattle Public Utilities standing by in case they needed a water boost, it wasn’t necessary – the system worked exactly as it was needed to.

UPDATE: Rescue response in 3700 block Beach Drive; no emergency after all

August 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 3 Comments

(ADDED: WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

2:29 PM: A major Seattle Fire response is on the way to the 3700 block of Beach Drive [map] for a rescue response – a report of an overturned kayak, 300 yards offshore. Units are being sent by land and sea. More to come.

2:37 PM: A fireboat is reported to be making contact with a kayaker and trying to determine if anyone is actually in need of help.

2:42 PM: The Coast Guard subsequently reported that another kayaker might have helped someone in trouble, but right now it’s being concluded there is no (longer an) emergency. Some of the responding units are being dismissed.

2:47 PM: Our crew is there now and has been told the same thing on shore – one paddler assisted another and everyone is OK now.

West Seattle Crime Watch: 10 vehicles vandalized, man jailed

August 5, 2015 at 1:37 am | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 18 Comments

1:37 AM: Several people have asked about a police response in the California/Raymond vicinity. Here’s what we know so far: Police are investigating vandalism that damaged multiple cars. They were dispatched after what one texter described to us (similar to what was mentioned in the dispatching) as “yelling and smashing sounds.” They found multiple vehicles with damage including broken side mirrors, and were questioning one suspect at last report. We will follow up later this morning.

9:14 AM: We went down after it got light this morning to see if any of this damage was visible; above, two photos. We also are obtaining the report narrative from SPD and will add details when we have that.

9:54 AM: We now have that report, which notes at least 10 damaged vehicles, along California SW and in an apartment-building parking lot. The suspect is 31-year-old Yonas Berhane, who was arrested and cited – which means charged, in the Municipal Court system, which is why we are identifying him – with property destruction and harassment. As one commenter reports, the initial call to police said the vandalism was accompanied by yelling and screaming with threats to “murder people.” Police found Berhane walking northbound on California north of Raymond and say he appeared intoxicated. Someone told officers they had asked Berhane if he was OK and that he responded by threatening to shoot them and used both hands to “mimic … shooting guns, all the while shouting ‘blap blap blap’ (as in gunfire).” The King County Jail register shows he is still in custody, with initial bail at $2,000.

2:36 PM: Berhane is currently scheduled for a court appearance at the jail tomorrow morning. His record dating back to age 17 includes mostly misdemeanors, including theft and assault, but also a 2009 case that combined felony charges in multiple cases in South King County, including the theft of a car from a hotel parking lot near Sea-Tac; the car’s owners, according to the charging documents, had been staying at the hotel because their house burned down. He struck a plea bargain and was sentenced to two months.

UPDATE: ‘Smoking materials’ blamed for house fire at 44th/Graham

July 20, 2015 at 1:29 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 9 Comments

(Thanks to Steve for the photo)

1:29 AM: Seattle Fire units are arriving at what the first arrivals are describing as a “small exterior fire” at a house in the 4400 block of SW Graham.

1:38 AM UPDATE: The fire has since been described as coming from the house’s crawl space. Two people were inside, described as a man and woman in their 50s, and escaped without injury, according to emergency-radio discussion; Red Cross is being called to help them. Some SFD units are being dismissed.

1:49 AM: The fire’s been pronounced “tapped” and the cause is under investigation.

2:06 AM: SFD is cancelling the call for the Red Cross, which means either the residents don’t need help or that they’ll be able to reoccupy their house.

10:13 AM: We checked with SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore regarding the cause and the damage. He says investigators determined the fire was caused by “improperly discarded smoking materials (that) ignited a wooden planter of the front porch. The fire spread to exterior siding and crawlspace. The damage estimate is $50,000. There were no injuries.”

UPDATE: Car crashes into West Seattle Junction 7-11

July 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 35 Comments

4:43 PM: Thanks to Tyler for the photo and to the person who texted about this – a car crashed into the Junction 7-11 at Erskine/Edmunds/California. It happened less than an hour ago; it’s only on the Seattle Fire 911 log as an “aid response,” suggesting no major injuries, but we have a crew headed that way to find out more.

(Added: WSB photo)
4:59 PM: Unfortunately we couldn’t get any further information at the scene; police wouldn’t comment and the store owner/manager demanded that we get off his property.

West Seattle 4th of July 2015: Night notes

July 4, 2015 at 11:23 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 74 Comments

(Video sent Saturday night by Bradi, with the sound of fireworks in Roxhill area)
11:23 PM: Throughout the day, we’ve published standalone reports on incidents including “brush fires” blamed on fireworks. For the rest of the night, barring a major incident, we’re going to do what we did last year – keep a rolling log of what we’re hearing on the scanner and/or from reader reports. Earlier links, for starters:

*Sylvan Way brush fire, blamed on fireworks thrown from car
*Gatewood tree burned, blamed on fireworks

And remember, if you find or lose a pet, the WSB Lost/Found Pets page is the place to check first – if there’s no match, e-mail us info (and a photo if available), editor@westseattleblog.com – it’s been a very busy night there already.

11:55 PM: Shortly after this comment about traffic on Admiral leaving Alki, we’re hearing police trying to catch a hit-run suspect described as driving erratically on eastbound Admiral (didn’t catch the cross-street).

12:14 AM: In the Alki area, police are checking out a report that someone was being yelled at about their fireworks by a neighbor, with an implied threat of a weapon.

12:54 AM: Just heard Engine 37 go by – the 911 log says it’s en route to a “dumpster fire” at Lincoln Park.

2:37 AM: Since last we wrote, another “brush fire” call – 4800 block of 45th SW at 1:30 am.

8:55 AM POSTSCRIPT: If you were one of the many caring neighbors out cleaning up debris this morning and took any photos, please consider sending: editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks.

1:16 PM: We’re still collecting debris photos for a followup later today. Meantime, we just received this photo of the aftermath from the aforementioned 1:30 am brush-fire call:

The photo was sent by the homeowner’s parent. “Hard to believe it wasn’t intentional as it was a large fountain-type device thrown into the bushes next to her van, and there were no other fireworks in the area.”

UPDATE: Report of shooting at Delridge Playfield, but no victim or evidence found

July 4, 2015 at 9:34 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 2 Comments

9:34 PM: Police and fire are rushing to the Delridge Playfield/Community Center park area to investigate a report of a possible shooting. They haven’t yet found the reported victim, though. We’ll update as we get information.

9:39 PM: Still no evidence of a shooting or victim, so the SFD response has been canceled.

UPDATE: CR-V flips after driver hits parked pickup on Delridge Way; crash caught on passing car’s dashcam

July 3, 2015 at 11:18 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 8 Comments

(Thanks to Andy for the photo)
11:18 PM: A multiple-vehicle crash in the 6500 block of Delridge Way SW (map) is drawing a sizable police/fire response right now. One of the cars is reported to have rolled over.

11:27 PM: Police are diverting traffic on Delridge at the scene. No serious injuries reported, so far.

11:41 PM: Thanks to Merissa for this photo:

Meantime, WSB’s Christopher Boffoli is at the scene now and sent this:

(This photo and next two are by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
Christopher reports police are taking one person into custody, the driver of the flipped CR-V, who hit the parked white pickup that you see in Christopher’s photo.

11:49 PM: Police tell Christopher the driver is in custody for investigation of DUI.

He was alone in his vehicle and unhurt.

Meantime, a tow truck arrived quickly and got the CR-V right-side-up. The scene likely will be cleared before too long.

1:28 AM: The crash was captured on the dashcam of a car whose driver was headed in the opposite direction – southbound – when it happened. That driver, Paul Hamaker, uploaded the video to YouTube and sent us the link. It is briefly in view – mostly the CR-V rolling, debris flying onto the street – about 2:20 into the three-minute clip he posted from the dashcam he says he bought less than a week ago. The clip ends after he pulls over, so we asked what happened next; he said he “stayed at the scene for about 10 minutes and talked to the driver and a few witnesses, glad that everyone is OK. Was quite startling to see that happen in front of me.” He also said, “It was great to see many folks come out of their houses and run to the scene to help.”

UPDATE: Rescue response for crash on Lincoln Park Way

July 3, 2015 at 7:29 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 12 Comments

7:29 PM: Big Seattle Fire/Police response just starting to arrive at a reported rollover in the 7000 block of Lincoln Park Way.

7:42 PM: The emergency response is just east of the Murray CSO Project. Traffic is getting through but please avoid the area – we’re on the side of the road half a block east and people are speeding downhill, only seeing the flashing lights when they’re almost to the scene. The car we’re seeing is upright; we’re trying to find out more about why it was a rescue response.

7:49 PM: The crash involved two cars; the one you see in our photo was tipped on its side, but bystanders managed to get it uprighted before emergency crews arrived, we’re told. No serious injuries.

8:05 PM: SFD had already left the scene before we did, and police were starting to clear, so it’s OK to use Lincoln Park Way – but slowly.

UPDATE: Truck driver to hospital after rescue response at Vigor

July 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | Comments Off

(Photo tweeted by Seattle Fire Department)
FIRST REPORT, 12:08 PM: In case you saw the large contingent of fire/rescue vehicles headed onto Harbor Island: The “automobile rescue” call is at 1801 16th SW, which checks to Vigor Industrial. Early word from scanner traffic is that it involves a semi-truck that somehow “cantilevered onto its back wheels” and is pointing vertically into the air, but no one is hurt and crews are focused on securing the truck until it can be dealt with. Some of the responding crews have been canceled.

1:35 PM UPDATE: Thanks to Vigor spokesperson Athena Maris for this update:

Vigor is in the process of decommissioning one of its dry-docks. A contractor assigned to the project was carrying scrap material in his truck up a ramp when the truck flipped upward onto its back wheels. The driver has been safely removed and is on his way to the hospital. While the extent of his injuries is unknown, at this point he does not appear to be seriously injured. Fire & Rescue is departing the scene which has been stabilized. Once the truck has been removed, we will begin a full investigation of the incident.

UPDATE: Woman hospitalized after bicycle/car collision at Delridge/Dakota

June 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 47 Comments

(WSB photos)
5:29 PM: Thanks to those who texted to report a crash at Delridge and Dakota (map), blocking southbound Delridge, reportedly involving a bicycle and car. We’re en route to check.

5:43 PM: Police are still at the scene, toward the side of the southbound lane; traffic is getting through both ways. More on the people involved as soon as we talk with them.

5:55 PM: We’ve just confirmed with police at the scene that a woman was seriously injured and taken to the hospital. She was riding a bike that collided with a car whose driver is still in the car so far as we can tell.

The SPD unit that investigates major collisions is here.

6:15 PM: If you are approaching this part of Delridge any time in the next few hours, please go very slowly and carefully – while as we noted, traffic is currently going through in both directions, police have to do their work in the street, to take measurements and other assessments to figure out what happened. We have seen some southbound bicycle riders divert westbound on Dakota to get around the scene.

7:30 PM: Via the scanner, we’ve just heard that investigators have finished their work at the scene. No new information on the victim’s condition.

MONDAY AFTERNOON: We’re still trying to find out more information. We have learned a little from SFD, whose spokesperson Kyle Moore says the victim is in her 30s and was in critical condition when transported from the scene Friday – unconscious and not breathing when medics first found her, but she had a pulse, and Moore says they “assisted her with breathing.”

UPDATE: 3-car crash at 32nd and Thistle in Westwood

June 17, 2015 at 10:27 pm | In West Seattle news, Westwood, WS breaking news | 3 Comments

(WSB photos)
10:27 PM: Police are blocking off SW Thistle at 34th because of a crash just to the east, at 32nd and Thistle. Multiple cars involved; our crew is still trying to find out more at the scene.

10:33 PM: At least two people are hurt; one is being taken to the hospital, and the other is still being evaluated at the scene. Three cars are involved.

10:37 PM: Police at the scene tell us TCIS is not being called out – no life-threatening injuries – so this scene will clear after tow trucks arrive to move the vehicles. SFD has tweeted that it’s taking a 33-year-old man “in stable condition” to Harborview Medical Center.

11:59 PM: Just got a chance to go check the area to be sure the scene is clear … it is.

UPDATE: Major Beach Drive emergency response; reports of ‘parachuter’ into the water, but apparently just balloons

June 14, 2015 at 10:04 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 58 Comments

(Reader photo)
10:04 PM UPDATE: A big contingent of Seattle Fire and Police is headed by land and sea to Beach Drive/Genesee (map), where a caller reported seeing “a parachuter” go into the water. More to come.

10:10 PM UPDATE: Scanner now indicates that more than one person saw this and called it in. Rescue crews who are arriving are setting up lights and other equipment in hopes of finding out where the person is.

(Photos from here by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli unless otherwise credited)
If you have the water in view, you’ll see multiple vessels; the U.S. Coast Guard is joining in the search, too.

10:20 PM UPDATE: They haven’t found anyone yet, but are continuing to coordinate every search tool/strategy they possibly can. We have a crew arriving on scene, but in the meantime, thanks to the neighbor who sent the photo we’ve added above.

10:28 PM UPDATE: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli is at the scene and we’re adding two photos from him inline above. Via scanner, still no word of anyone being found. The Coast Guard is planning to use aerial flares “to illuminate the area.” (Photo added)

(Christopher’s photo substituted for earlier reader photo showing flare)
There’s also word they might need to shift the search further north.

If you’re seeing emergency vehicles at Don Armeni Boat Ramp, they are staging there in case someone is found and needs to be transported to medic unit on shore. Also, please AVOID Beach Drive in that area – it’s blocked by the rescue vehicles and they’re still trying to get police to help with traffic.

10:36 PM: They’ve found a bunch of balloons and believe that’s what people saw. But they’re still checking the water in case.

10:41 PM: They’re fairly sure that’s what it was – a large bunch of “mylar balloons” – and some of the units are being dismissed now.

11:01 PM: Even more units have left, and Beach Drive is reopening to traffic.

1:10 AM: We’ve continued to monitor; the balloon discovery definitely closed the call. Both SPD and SFD had vessels on the water, but the latter tells us the former found the balloons.

UPDATE: ‘Swimmer in distress’ rescued off Jack Block Park

June 11, 2015 at 2:17 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 2 Comments

(First 2 WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)
FIRST REPORT, 2:17 PM: Seattle Fire is on the way to a water-rescue call in the 1900 block of Harbor Avenue SW. We’ll be updating as we find out more.

2:23 PM: SFD tweets that the call went out as “swimmer in distress.” The person they’re trying to help is now reported to be near a barge off Jack Block Park. Via scanner: They are talking with him and he told them he would like some help.

2:26 PM: The swimmer is reported to be backpaddling toward the shore from about 100 yards out. U.S. Coast Guard has also been summoned to help.

2:28 PM: The swimmer, a man believed to be in his mid-20s, is now reported to be out of the water. A Coast Guard boat will be taking him to meet up with a medic unit at a nearby dock.

2:44 PM: Our crew says the swimmer is alert and conscious and now in a medic unit. SFD medics are now checking him out for possible early stages of hypothermia.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
POSTSCRIPT: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli reports authorities believe the man jumped into the water in the Salty’s (WSB sponsor) area – with his shoes on – and started swimming east, for reasons unknown.

UPDATE: SFD response in 9200 block 12th SW

May 28, 2015 at 6:33 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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.

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