West Seattle Blog... » WS breaking news http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 28 May 2015 02:21:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 UPDATE: ’5-way intersection’ west of low bridge open again after propane tank triggers hazmat response http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/traffic-alert-seattle-fire-response-at-5-way-intersection-west-of-low-bridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/traffic-alert-seattle-fire-response-at-5-way-intersection-west-of-low-bridge/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:30:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311131

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.

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One person taken to hospital after collision in The Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/one-person-taken-to-hospital-after-collision-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/one-person-taken-to-hospital-after-collision-in-the-junction/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 18:48:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308854

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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UPDATE: Air, sea search off Alki after life ring spotted off Bainbridge-bound state ferry http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/why-ferries-are-stopped-off-alki-duwamish-head/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/why-ferries-are-stopped-off-alki-duwamish-head/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:05:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308392 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.)

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Rescue response after car reportedly flips under bridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/rescue-response-after-car-reportedly-flips-under-bridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/rescue-response-after-car-reportedly-flips-under-bridge/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:12:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308222 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.

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UPDATE: Construction blamed for Alki gas leak on 55th SW http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/firefighters-respond-to-alki-gas-leak-on-55th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/firefighters-respond-to-alki-gas-leak-on-55th-sw/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:54:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307950

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.

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UPDATE: 3 taken to hospital after one-car Highland Park crash http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/crash-response-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/crash-response-in-highland-park/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:22:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307715

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.

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UPDATE: Crash on California SW sends 1 to hospital, damages 2 parked cars http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/heavy-rescue-response-in-3900-block-california-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/heavy-rescue-response-in-3900-block-california-sw/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:17:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307666 (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.”

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VIDEO: Electrical problem blamed for van fire inside Morgan Junction condo-building garage; no one hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/fire-response-closes-california-sw-south-of-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/fire-response-closes-california-sw-south-of-fauntleroy/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:39:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307173

(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.

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UPDATE: Seattle Fire rescues kayakers off Harbor Avenue http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/rescue-response-for-kayakers-off-harbor-ave/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/rescue-response-for-kayakers-off-harbor-ave/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 20:01:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306252

(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.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Bus-car collision by Westwood Village, 1 hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-traffic-alert-bus-car-collision-by-westwood-village-1-hurt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-traffic-alert-bus-car-collision-by-westwood-village-1-hurt/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:44:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306079

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:

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‘Assault with weapons’ response on 9th SW http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/assault-with-weapons-response-on-9th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/assault-with-weapons-response-on-9th-sw/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:05:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306026 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.

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UPDATE: Amber Alert over, child found safe http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/amber-alert-child-missing-might-be-just-south-of-here/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/amber-alert-child-missing-might-be-just-south-of-here/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:32:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305753 UPDATE: The situation was resolved overnight, as explained by SPD here.


Your cell phone likely sounded the alert a little while ago, an Amber Alert out for Aaron Lopez, a toddler who is missing, likely with his (non-custodial) father, last seen just south of here:

Authorities say that the child may be in the company of Daniel Lopez-Andino. He is the non-custodial parent. He abducted the child after a strong-armed robbery of the child’s mother.

They were last seen the area of East Marginal Way and Boeing Access [map]. Daniel is diagnosed as bipolar and is off medication. They may be traveling in a 2003 Silver/Aluminum BMW 325I vehicle, with license plate: WA #701ZNB. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this child, please contact 206-583-2111 immediately.

911 would work too. Full description information is on this page.

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UPDATE: Smoldering paint can brings Seattle Fire response to house near 26th/Roxbury http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/big-seattle-fire-response-for-possible-house-fire-near-26throxbury/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/big-seattle-fire-response-for-possible-house-fire-near-26throxbury/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:37:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305543 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.

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Woman hit by driver at Westwood Village, taken to hospital http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/woman-hit-by-driver-at-westwood-village-taken-to-hospital/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/woman-hit-by-driver-at-westwood-village-taken-to-hospital/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:32:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305279

(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.

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Update: 1 hurt in crash at West Marginal Way/Puget http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-on-west-marginal-way-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-on-west-marginal-way-sw/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:35:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304625

(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.

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