Bellevue Firefighters Respond to House Fire

BELLEVUE, Wash. | Bellevue Firefighters were dispatched and en route to 16600 block of SE 27th Street at 1150 hours PDT on Saturday, May 11, 2019, to a fully engulfed house fire.

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Photo Credit | Bellevue Fire Department

The reporting party stated the second floor of the home was fully engulfed.

All occupants exited the structure safely around 1155 hours PDT but it was later reported to the Fire Department that the homeowner re-entered the home to save his dog and several pet birds.  He would be transported to a nearby hospital for an eval for possible smoke inhalation.

Engine 104 (previously known as Engine 4) was the first due in and went immediately into an offensive fire attack on the fire floor.  It was knocked down within 11 minutes.

Photo Credit | Bellevue Fire Department

Fire crews checked for extensions to any other part of the structure, including the attic which they found to be clear (1206 hours).  A primary search was conducted by firefighters at which time they found nothing.  The fire was reported to Command as being under control (1235 hours).

Firefighters extricated the homeowner’s dog and worked tirelessly to revive the pet but it did not survive along with several birds.

No Firefighters were injured.

The Red Cross is working to assist additional displaced residents.

Photo Credit | Bellevue Fire Department

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/11/2019 @ 1345 PDT

MCI | Crane Topples On To Cars Below in Seattle | 1

SEATTLE, Wa.  |  A crane on the top of a building toppled on to several cars below in the area of Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street on  Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2019.

Toppled crane | Credit: SDOT


Seattle Fire and Police were dispatched to the area as a Mass Casualty Incident or MCI as it is more commonly called.  Seattle Fire’s CAD system showed the incident as a heavy rescue – major.

‘”The incident at Fairview Ave N and involved a crane that fell into traffic. 5 cars were crushed. There are a total of 4 fatalities, and 3 injured patients that have been transferred to the hospital.”

– Seattle Fire Department PIO


Fire Units

At 1527 hours or 3:27 pm, West Coast time, Seattle Fire resources included:

Air Units 10 and 240-260.

Battalions 2, 5, 4 and 6.

Deputy 1, Safety 2, Staff 10, PIO and Chaplain 7. MCI 1.

Aid Units 2, 5, 14 and 25.  Medics 1, 10, 17, 18 and 44 (Supervisor).

Engines 2, 5, 8, 9,  17,  20, 21, 22, 25 and 34.

Ladders 1, 4,  6, 9 and 10.

Heavy Rescue 1.

Majority of fire resources were starting to go back into service around 1700 hours PDT, while others were still assigned to the MCI Incident.

Seattle Police


Several Incident Response Team personnel were dispatched to shutdown the Mercer Street on/off ramp off of I-5.  (WSDOT)


Mercer Street

All WB and EB lanes closed at Mercer St at Fairview Ave. Fallen crane on west side of Fairview Ave N and Mercer St intersection. (SDOT 1533 PDT, Alert expected to expire 2359 PDT)

Please avoid travelling near Fairview Avenue and Mercer Street. Roads are closed while emergency personnel respond to a fallen construction crane. Expect and plan for traffic impacts in the surrounding areas. PIO Michaud en route to the scene. (Seattle Police)


NB | On the SR 99 northbound off-ramp to Mercer St (MP 33) there is a disabled vehicle partially blocking the ramp. (WSDOT 1635 hours PDT)


SB | On I-5 southbound at Anderson Rd (MP 225) there is a collision blocking the right lane. The Incident Response Team and the State Patrol have arrived on the scene. (WSDOT 1619 PDT)

NB | Update 4:09 PM : On the I-5 northbound off-ramp to Mercer St (MP 166) there is an incident blocking the ramp and the left general purpose lane. Medical Aid, Fire Assistance, the Incident Response Team, and Seattle Police have arrived on the scene.  (WSDOT 1610 PDT)


  • Construction crane toppled from top of multi-story building.
  • Crane fell atop of multiple number of cars, killing several people.
  • Heavy equipment was seen laying across several lanes of traffic.
  • All lanes blocked.
  • 4 people killed, 3 others injured.


The cause of today’s accident is unknown but we will update as soon as investigators determine it.


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(c) 2019 NW FIRE BLOG – Updated 4/27/2019 @ 1715 Hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | WA | Week of April 15, 2019

Washington State | Due to the Fire Season starting early this year, we have begun our weekly series called The Wildfire Log for each State starting with Washington and then Oregon.  As fires start picking up, we will be trying our best (to stay caught up) to report them on a daily basis. Past years have been so crazzzzeeeee – and, that’s an understatement.

Here is your Wildfire Activity log for the week of April 15, 2019 (Monday through Saturday).

Chelan County

4/17/2019 @ 1615 hours | Merry Canyon Fire | Merry Canyon. Grass fire fuels.  0.75 acres. Contained and controlled 1453 hours. Incident #SES-45 PN L75T (1502) CDQ-221.

Colville Agency/Mt Tolman

4/20/2019 @ 1324 Hours | Jack Wells Road Fire | Limited information. 1 acre. Inc #COA-1900-50 L78J.

Kittitas County

4/15/2019 @ 1604 hours | Manastash Creek Fire | Manastash Creek.  Grass fire.  0.1 acres. Contained @ 1710 and controlled @ 1711 hours. Incident #SES-43 CDP-221.

Okanogan County

4/18/2019 @ 0759 hours | Silver Queen Fire | Silver Queen.  0.1 acre.  WFS jurisdiction.  Incident #NES-1166 AOH-221.

4/17/2019 @ 1805 hours | Antwyne Split Fire | Antwyne Valley.  1.74 acres of grass, brush, timber, logs and duff.  IC HI 7102.  Contained 4/17/2019 @ 2315 hours. Controlled 4/18/2019 @ 1000 hours. Inc #NES-1168 AOI-221.

Spokane County

4/16/2019 @ 1601 hours | Espanola Fire | Chase Road.  Grass, brush and timber fire fuels. 0.1 acre. IC AR444.  Contained on 4/16/2019 @ 1700 hours. Controlled @ 4/16/2019 @ 1800 hours. Inc #NES-1164 AOF-221.

Stevens County

4/17/2019 @ 1602 hours | Cole Creek Fire | Grass, brush and slash fire fuels. 0.2 acres. IC NC 26.  Patrol status.  Inc #NES-1167 AOJ-221.

4/17/2019 @ 1105 hours | Gillette Creek Fire | Adam Sherry.  WFS jurisdiction. 0.1 acre. Inc# NES-1165 AOG-221.

4/16/2019 @ 1554 hours | Corbett Fire | Corbett Creek.  Grass fire fuels.  0.4 acre.  Contained on 4/16/2019 @ 1630  hours. Controlled and put out on 4/18/2019 @ 1101 hours. Inc #NES-1163  AOE-221.

4/15/2019 @ 1804 Hours | Flowery Fire | Flowery Trail. Grass, brush and slash fire fuels. 2 acres. IC NC 345.  Contained on 4/15/2019 @ 2000.  Controlled on 4/16/2019 @ 1000 hours.  Inc #NES-1160 AOD-221.

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(c) 2019 The NW Fire Blog – Posted 4/20/2019 @ 2300 hours 

MONROE, WA | Apartment Fire Cause Determined | 2

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wa. | Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District #7 were dispatched just after 1900 hours PDT, to an apartment fire located in the 14600 block of 179th Ave SE in Monroe.

The Fire Investigator is on-scene and has determined the fire started in the kitchen.  The cause has not been determined at this time, but the FIU Investigator is currently investigating.

Resources on-scene were from Lake Stevens FD, Everett FD, Woodinville FD, Duvall Fire District #45 and Snohomish FD.  Monroe PD assisted with traffic control duties and the transported the injured kitty to a local vet after Firefighters brought it back to life.

A total of 19 residents have been displaced by the impacted by the fire.  The American Red Cross is currently assisting the families.

#SCFD7Fire #MonroeFire #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 4/2/2019 @ 2025 hours PDT

MONROE, WA | Firefighters Revive One Furry Life

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wa. | Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District #7 were dispatched just after 1900 hours PDT, to an apartment fire located in the 14600 block of 179th Ave SE in Monroe.

Quickly egressing upon the fire, firefighters were able to put the fire out within a short amount of time.  After the fire was tapped, they immediately checked for any hot spots or extensions.

Photo Credit | SCFD7

The fire broke out in the evening on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

After conducting primary and secondary searches of the apartment unit, they found no humans home but their four-legged family member was found.  Firefighters extricated the unresponsive feline and began giving it oxygen and ultimately saving its life.

All-in-all, there were a total of eight apartment units affected by the fire.

Resources on-scene and assisting with firefighting and containment efforts are from the Lake Stevens FD, Everett FD, Woodinville FD, Duvall Fire District #45 and Snohomish FD.  Monroe PD was also on-scene for traffic control and one of their Officers transported the injured kitty to a local vet in the area.

Photo Credit | SCFD7

It was a well-coordinated effort by all whom responded to this apartment fire.

#SCFD7Fire #MonroeFire #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 4/2/2019 @ 1955 hours PDT

CHICAGO, IL | 5-Alarm Commercial Fire | 1

CHICAGO, Illinois

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Photo Credit | CFD Media @CFDMedia


A commercial building fire started this evening on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the Newly Weds Food in a large facility, where the incident has now been escalated to a 5-Alarm (at 1912 Hours CDT).  This is a baking and food manufacturing business.

It is located in the 4110 block of West Wrightwood Avenue and near Keeler.  This is on the northwest side but some onlookers are saying that the whole block is on fire with multiple exposure buildings in the Fullerton area.

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Photo Credit | CFD Media @CFDMedia


The fire building, a three-story commercial building size is a 200 x 300 factory building reported with heavy fire through the fire and a collapse in the middle of the structure.

As soon as employees discovered the fire, they self-extricate and were all accountable for.  There were no injuries reported. (1638 PDT)

The fire’s alarm was increased to a 3-11 and a HAZMAT scene, Level 1.  There were no injuries reported at this time of the incident.

Chicago Water Management increased pressure for fire lines.

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Photo Credit | CFD Media @CFDMedia

At 1843 hours PDT (West Coast time), Operations reported five (5) master streams working along with four (4) Tower Ladders and one (1) Snorkel.  Most of the fire is on the interior.  Reporting making good progress.


1 Firefighter injured. Very minor issue but being transported.  Medics state green patient.


The Metra-Milwaukie N trains have been halted in both directions.

Photo Credit | CFD Media @CFDMedia


The business was formed in 1932, and is a privately owned business that has about between 1,001 and 5,000 employees.  They are headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

They are well-respected and well-known in the Food and Beverage Manufacturing industry and their employees speak in great volumes on how amazing this company values its employees, pays them well, creating positive work/balance, comradely, as well as job security.

They generate about $100 to $500 Million in revenue annually and the CEO has been known to give out bonuses twice in one year!  They cannot say enough positive things about their CEO and the company’s Vice Presidents.  This is a very good business that has a great family-like environment and cares deeply for their employees.

Thoughts and prayers for those who own this business, impacted by the fire and whom have worked in this building – we will keep you all in our daily remembrances. – Ed.


We will be using the following hashtags for this incident.  #ChicagoFire #511Fires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 1853 hours PDT – 4/2/2019

McAlester, Oklahoma | Blue Creek Fire | 1

McAlester, (Pittsburgh County) Oklahoma

A wildfire named the Blue Creek Fire is currently burning in the east central area of land managed by the Oklahoma Department of Forestry (DOF), about 14 miles northeast of McAlester.

About 100 acres of timber have been destroyed.

There is active fire behavior with wind-driven runs.  Fire crews have reached an 95% containment status.

There are two personnel assigned to this incident along with one engine.

The total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment costs have reached a minimum of $1,000.00.

No cause is known at this time.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 3/31/2019 @ 1650 PDT

Cleveland, Oklahoma | Dues Wildfire | 1


A wildfire named the Dues Fire  is burning about one mile northeast of Cleveland, Oklahoma in timber, short grass and brush in the area managed by the Osage Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

Fire behavior consists of moderate fire with backing, creeping and smoldering.

There has been 2,484 acres scorched and fire crews have reached a 95% containment status.

There are 11 total personnel which include two engines.

One structure was lost.  The total cost-to-date of fire suppression and containment expenses equal to approximately $13,000.00.

The cause is unknown at this time.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 3/31/20109 @ 1645 PDT

LAKE HAVASU, ARIZONA | Firefighters from CA and AZ Respond


Incident Summary

A very large brush fire is burning on Body Beach in Lake Havasu, Arizona that started on Sunday, March 31, 2019.  It been reportedly that it has already scorched 60 acres of land and the Lake Havasu Mayor expects it to burn closer to 100 acres by the time the fire is fully contained.

Fighting Fire from the SBcoFD BT-32 | Credit: San Bernardino County FD


Lake Havasu Fire Department (AZ) and San Bernardino County (CA) along with SBcoFD Fire Boat 32.

Photo taken around Contact Point | Credit: SBcoFD

Traffic Alerts

Highway 95 is closed between Mulberry Ave and S Acoma Boulevard.


Currently, the preliminary cause of the fire is unknown.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this incident:  #LHCFire #LakeHavasuFire #AZ_Wildfires2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 3/31/2019 @ 1634 PDT

GRAHAM | Firefighters Respond to Deadly House Fire

GRAHAM, Wa. | Firefighters were dispatched at 1015 hours to a house fire on Sunday, March 24, 2019,  located in the 22500 block of 90th avenue East.  Neighbors were the reporting party of the house on fire.

After Firefighters gained access to the interior of the home, they found one person and ruled this as a fatal fire.

Credit | Graham Fire & Rescue

The cause of the fire or the person’s death is currently unknown but under investigation.

No firefighters or other residents were injured during this incident.

#GrahamFire #Graham #PierceCoFirefighters

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog