Renton Fire Ruled Arson

RENTON, Washington

Firefighters from Renton, Puget Sound Fire, Skyway, Tukwila and Medics from King County Medic One were dispatched to a commercial fire on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at 1144 hours PT.

The fire incident occurred at the Red Lion Hotel located at 1 South Grady Way in Renton, Washington. This hotel along with its counterparts in Seatac and Bellevue are being fully rented out by King County, as homeless shelters to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

All occupants were evacuated safely and no one injuries were reported, but those who were on the 5th and 6th floors were endangered by the fire.

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The hotel provides housing as a temporary site which is located in Bellevue, SeaTac, and Renton which provide beds for nearly 400 people who are in homeless situations. Individuals are able to come and go as they please as they are not considered under isolation or quarantine.

Renton Police were dispatched to the hotel on Wednesday around 1145 hours to assist with evacuations due to a fire reported on the 6th floor of the commercial structure. Renton PD found some of the residents to have physical and mental disabilities making the evacuation process somewhat challenging.

Investigators were told the suspect had been living at the facility for about three weeks, got angry with hotel staff and told them, ‘I am going to burn this place down’. He locked himself in his hotel room while a locksmith was prompted to respond to the unit to try to unlock it. As the locksmith and staff approached the 6th floor, they were met by heavy smoke and were unable to put the fire out.

The suspect left the room and was eventually arrested by Police. He was booked into the King County jail.

Due to the attempt at defunding of Police Departments in Seattle and King County, we could not find any information leading us to believe Social workers were deployed to the scene to try to de-escalate the situation before Police were called in.

Cause of the fire is arson. A couch was lit on fire by the suspect. Media outlets have been reporting there have been 277 fire and medic calls to this facility April with no relief in sight for EMS and Law Enforcement impacting the local area.

No injuries to firefighters, Police Officers or citizens were reported.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 11/26/2020 2200 PT

Hansen Dam Hit By Fire

HANSEN DAM, Calif.

A brush fire broke out at the Hansen Dam with LAFD firefighters responding at 1437 hours PT. It was said that the fire was burning towards the dam wall that was said to have an active fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting.

No structures were threatened, damaged or destroyed.

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Angeles National Forest (USFS) resources BC-11, CRW-5, E10, E13, WT-10 were quickly dispatched via the Angeles ECC at 1504 PT to assist as mutual aid for the LAFD.

LAFD units originally dispatched were  FS 98; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; AO2 BC10 BC12 BC14 CM42 E18 E24 E27 E274 E289 E298 E70 E75 E77 E81 E89 E90 E91 E98 EM15 H2 H3 H5 HA2 HA3 HA5 RA90 RA98 T89 T98 WT77; CH5; 17.

The combined wildland firefighters along with additional resources were getting a good knockdown on the fire around 1513 hours PT. It was reported at one acre with no structures being threatened.

About 30 minutes later around 1548 hours PT, 89 firefighters had stopped the forward progression of the fire . They were working to satisfy their fire suppression and containment objectives. These were the units on-scene at this time during the incident: FS 98; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; AO2 BC10 BC12 BC14 CM42 E18 E24 E27 E274 E289 E298 E70 E75 E77 E81 E89 E90 E91 E98 EM15 H2 H3 H5 HA2 HA3 HA5 RA90 RA98 T89 T98 WT77; CH5; CH17.

No structures were damaged or destroyed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Original 11/26/2020 1550 PT | Updated 1627 PT

BFD FF Calls a May Day

BALTIMORE, Maryland | Baltimore Firefighters were dispatched to a working dwelling fire in the 2700 block of Hollins Ferry Road 21230 in Lakeland area.

Upon arrival from first-due units, fire was said to be from the rear of a two-story, single family home.

The fire broke out on Thanksgiving, November 26th around 1842 hours EST.

Extreme flames were captured extending from one floor to the next.

Additional companies were requested.

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At 1845 hours ET, Command called for a second-alarm and reporting fire was now throughout the home.

Five minutes later, a Mayday was declared due to a firefighter becoming trapped inside the home. They were extricated and said to be treated by BCFD EMS. His or her condition is currently unknown.

Fire units were still working to get a knockdown on the fire that was said to be mostly in the Charlie/Bravo of the structure. At 1911 hours, the fire had burned through the roof’s eaves.

This is a developing story.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 11/26/2020 1616 PT

Hansen Dam Hit By Fire

HANSEN DAM, Calif. | A brush fire broke out at the Hansen Dam this afternoon that quickly spread and holding at just shy of two acres.

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Angeles National Forest (USFS) resources BC-11, CRW-5, E10, E13, WT-10 were quickly dispatched via the Angeles ECC at 1504 PT to assist as mutual aid for the LAFD.

Winds were reported as being strong helping spread the fire quickly but firefighters are said to have nearly contained the fire.

The cause is unknown at the time of this post.

Firefighters and resources are still on-scene.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Updated 11/26/2020 1550 PT

Wildfire Starts in California

CHATSWORTH, Calif. | A brush fire broke out in the 21900 block of Bella Vista Place on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th.

The fire is approximately 1/4 acre in Ybarra Canyon near the Browns Canyon Motorway at the end of the dumping ground.

The incident is named the YBARRA FIRE.

Winds have been reportedly reached 15 miles-per-hour.

Units responded were Copters 15, 16 and QB1 and 2 due to water supply issues and access for ground resources.

At last of reporting, Engine 75 had water on the fire with Engine 75 and additional resources headed up the Browns Canyon advising they could handle. Others were canceled.

Though we are unsure what caused this brush fire, here is a reminder for those on how to be Fire Smart., courtesy of the National Weather Service Los Angeles.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 11/25/2020 1510 PT

Pre-Turkey Day Fire Erupts

SEATTLE, Wash. | Firefighters and equipment were dispatched to a residential structure fire located in the 10000 block of Sand Point Way NE at 2021 hours on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

FIRE BUILDING

The fire building is a 3 bedroom and 1.75 bath home with 1,600 square feet with a basement, main floor and attic. It was built in 1939, with a finished basement and underground parking garage. The lot size is over 7,000 square feet.

RESOURCES

Units dispatched were Seattle Fire’s Aid 25, Air Unit 10, Battalions 2 and 6, Deputy 1, Engines 16, 24, 31, 38, 40, Ladders 5 and 10. Medics 17 and 44 (Supervisor), Marshal 5 (FIU Investigator), REHAB 1 (Fire/Medical Rehab), Safety 2 and Staff 10.

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FIRE OPS

Water Supply – Established with E39 taking a secondary hydrant.

Search and Rescue – Ladder 5 did a split search from floors one to two completing their task quickly, with nothing found. Primary and secondary searches were completed of the whole structure.

Command – Battalion 6 assumed command at 2033 hours.

Per scanner traffic, visible flames were reported to be out the basement windows when first due units arrived. Crews did not find any extension to the attic or to the knee walls. The fire was knocked down less than 15 minutes.

Ventilation operations with fans was tasked to Ladder 9.

Units were starting to be released by Command within 20 minutes from the original dispatched call time.

CAUSE

At the time of this post, the cause and preliminary damage to the the property and contents were unknown.

The Seattle Fire Investigator, Marshal 5 was on-scene.

INJURIES

No reports of injuries to firefighters or citizens was reported by the Seattle Fire Department.

UPDATE

An update will be posted when information has been received.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 11/25/2020 2120 PT

Fire Impacts Renton Apts

Posted 11/24/2020 – 2100 PT | UPDATE 2230 PT

RENTON, Wash. | Firefighters and Medics from Renton RFA, Local 864, IAFF 2595, Puget Sound Fire and Tukwila Fire Departments responded to a commercial structure fire on Tuesday, November 24th around 2000 hours.

The incident occurred at the Stonebrook Apartments in the 12000 block of SE Petrovitsky Road in Renton (King County), Washington.

Fire crews and equipment were urgently dispatched and arrived on-scene quickly. An immediate 360-degree size-up of the structure was conducted.. Primary and secondary searches of the building proved to be an all-clear with nothing found.

Units quickly egressed and were able to stop the fire from extending into other units, saving the building, as well as from further additional damage to nearby apartments.

There were no injuries to firefighters or citizens were reported.

The cost of damage along with the cause is currently unknown at the time of this posting.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog

Fire Impacts Renton Apts

Posted 11/24/2020 – 2100 PT

RENTON, Wash. | Firefighters and Medics from Renton RFA, Local 864, IAFF 2595, Puget Sound Fire and Tukwila Fire Departments were dispatched on Tuesday evening to the Stonebrook Apartments in the 12000 block of SE Petrovitsky Road in Renton (King County), Washington.

Fire was reported to have originated on the third floor.

All occupants from the building were evacuated and out safely.

Units quickly egressed and were able to stop this fire from extending into other units, saving the building and from further damage to nearby property.

The Fire Investigator was en route to the scene. No preliminary cause or injuries are known at this time.

Most units have been released from this incident.

This is still a developing story.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog

US Wildfires Still Burn

According to the National Interagency Fire Center’s Sit Rep for the week of November 13 – 20, 2020, here are the wildfire incidents still ongoing and newly reported events.

NOTE:  This information posted in this event are for wildfire incidents from last week’s events and may have considerably changed to the date this was reported on Sunday, November 22, 2020.

Our new update will be on Sunday, November 29, 2020.

NEWLY REPORTED FIRE INCIDENTS

BIG HOLLOW FIRE. Gifford Pinchot NF, WA. 24,995 acrse. 100% contained. Managed without a Type 1 or 2 IMT. 13 total personnel. 3 engines. $4.2 Million CTD. #

BLUE JAY FIRE. Yosemite NP. 6,922 acres. 100% contained. Being managed without a Type 1 or 2 IMT. No resources assigned at this time. $553,000 CTD. #

517 new fires were reported during this time period prompting light fire attack activity.

BOURBONAIS CREEK FIRE. Shawnee County. 2 miles W of Rossville, KS. Short grass. 3,000 acres. 95% contained. Minimal fire behavior. 4 total personnel. 2 engines. $80,000 CTD. #

COLEMAN FIRE. Los Padres NF, CA. 574 acres. 100% contained. 1 person assigned. $3.9 Million CTD. #

COUNTY ROAD 205 FIRE. TX A&M Forest Service. started on private land 6 miles SW of San Augustine, TX. Timber. 347 acres. 95% contained. Minimal fire behavior. 4 total personnel. Unknown CTD. #

DOLAN FIRE. Los Padres NF, CA. 124,924 acres. 98% contained. Being managed as a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned. 19 structures lost. $67.3 Million CTD. #

EL DORADO FIRE. San Bernardino Unit/CAL FIRE, CA. 22,744 acres. 100% contained. No assigned resources. 20 structures lost. $42.3 Million CTD. #

FORD RIDGE FIRE. Ozark-St. Francis NF, AZ. 185 acres. 100% contained. $25,000 CTD. #

In Southern California, there were 60 new fires reported.

HARDESTY FIRE. OKS. 858 acres. 100% contained. 4 total personnel with 2 engines. $28,000 CTD. #3

HENSLEY MOUNTAIN FIRE. OK DOF. 3 miles W of Porum, OK. Timber. 115 acres. 0% contained. Moderate fire behavior with running. Structures threatened. 18 total personnel with 8 engines. $11,000 CTD. #

HWY 62 FIRE. Oklahoma DOF. 3 miles S of Newcastle, OK. Timber, tall grass and brush. 400 acres. 80% contained. 8 total personnel. 4 engines. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. $35,300 CTD. #

JUDE YAWN ROAD FIRE. MS Forestry Commission, MS. 440 acres. 100% contained. 6 total personnel. $88,000 CTD. #

LAURA 2 FIRE. BLM – Northern CA District. 1 mile NW of Doyle, CA. Brush and grass. 2,800 acres. 95% contained. 14 total personnel with 2 engines. 51 structures have been lost. Minimal fire behavior with smolders. All evacuation orders have been lifted. #

MIDNIGHT FIRE. Eglin AFB, FL. 747 acres. 100% contained. 11 personnel. 4 engines. $3,000 CTD. #

MOUNTAIN VIEW FIRE. BLM – Bishop Field Office. Managed by a Type 2 IMT (CA Team 11). 4 miles SE of Coleville, CA. Brush and grass. 20,879 acres. 20% contained. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Multiple structures and sage-grouse habitat threatened. Evacuations in effect. 313 total personnel assigned with 6 crews, 24 engines, 2 helos. 81 structures lost. $1.5 Million CTD. #

In Northern California, there were 36 new fires reported, resulting in 1 new large incident.

POISON SPRINGS FIRE. Grand mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison NF. 105 acres. 100% contained. Maintained without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned. $150,000 CTD. #

RATTLESNAKE FIRE. Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP, CA. 8,074 acres. 85% contained. Managed without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned. 1 helicopter only. $130,000 CTD. #

RIFLE RANGE FIRE. George Washington & Jefferson NF. 1 NW of Augusta Springs, VA. Hardwood litter. 105 acres. 95% contained. 27 total personnel including 4 engines. Moderate fire behavior. $50,000 CTD. #

RIVER BEND FIRE. Oklahoma DOF. 3 miles NW of Hoyt, OK. Hardwood litter. 253 acres. 90% contained. 2 personnel assigned. 1 engine. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. $5,000 CTD. #

THIELSEN FIRE. Umpqua NF, OR. 5,147 acres. 100% contained. $150,000 CTD. #

TUBBY BOTTOM FIRE. National Forests of Mississippi. 3 miles E of Ashland, MS. Hardwood litter. 140 acres. 80% contained. 10 personnel with one engine. Moderate fire behavior. $8,000 CTD. #

The Rocky Mountain region reported 8 new fires resulting in 2 new large incidents and 2 uncontained fires.

WALKIN FIRE. Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, FWS. 4,13 acres. 100% contained. 19 total personnel. 1 engine. $30,000 CTD. #

WELLER YARD FIRE. VA DOF. 1 mile N of Harman Junction, VA. Hardwood litter. 300 acres. 10% contained. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened. 1 crew and 3 engines. $2,500 CTD. #

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED WILDFIRE INCIDENTS

CALWOOD FIRE. Arapaho and Roosevel NF. Pawnee National Grassland, CO. Timber. Being managed without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned. 10,106 acres. 100% contained. 28 structures lost. $6.3 Million CTD. #

The Southern area region reported a whopping 370 new fires with 12 new large incidents and 8 uncontained fires.

CAMERON PEAK. Arapaho and Roosevelt NF, Pawnee National Grassland. 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes, CO. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Management transitioning from a Type 2 IMT (NW Team 10) to a Type 2 IMT (SA Gold Team). 208,913 acres. 92% contained. 335 total personnel with 3 crews, 10 engines and 1 helicopter. 444 structures lost. $131 Million CTD. #

CREEK FIRE. Sierra NF. 25 miles NE of Clovis, CA. 379,895 acres. 85% contained. Timber, brush and litter. Started 9/4/2020. Unknown ignition, under investigation. Fire management transferred from a Type 1 IM2 (CA Team 10) back to the local unit occurred on Saturday. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. 230 total personnel, 2 crews, 2 engines and 2 helicopters. 853 structures lost. $193.5 Million CTD. #

EAST FORK FIRE. Ashley NF, UT. 90,000. 100% contained.11 structures destroyed. $23.5 Million CTD. #

EAST TROUBLESOME FIRE. Medicine Bow-Routt NF, Thunder Basin National Grassland. 17 miles NE of Kremmling, CO. Timber and grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. 193,812 acres. 72% contained. 19 total personnel with 1 engine. Being managed without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned. 580 structures lost. $15.4 Million CTD. #

The Great Basin area reported 7 new fires with 2 of those being new large incidents and 2 uncontained fires.

LESLIE GULCH FIRE. Vale District. 15 miles NW of Jordan Valley, OR. Brush and grass. 5,147 acres. 100% contained. $150,000 CTD. #

NORTH COMPLEX. Plumas NF. 1 mile SW of Crescent Mills, CA. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior. 318,935 acres. 98% contained. 50 total personnel along with 1 engine. 2,342 structures destroyed. $112.7 Million CTD. #

PILGRIM CREEK 1 FIRE. Bridger-Teton NF, WY. 498 acres. 85% contained. 1 person assigned. Being managed with a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned. $65,000 CTD. #

RED SALMON COMPLEX. Six Rivers NF. 14 miles NE of Willow Creek, CA. Timber. 144,698 acres. 100% contained. 2 total personnel left on this incident with 1 crew and 1 engine. $115 Million CTD. #

ROCKY ROAD FIRE. Cherokee Nation Tribe. BIA. 1 mile N of Bull Hollow, OK. Hardwood litter. 258 acres. 100% contained. 1 engine with one person as staffed resources. $20,000 CTD. #

The Northwest area region which includes States of Washington and Oregon with 1 new fire and no uncontained fires. That’s Great new for us in the Northwest!

SLATER FIRE. Klamath NF. 5 miles NE of Happy Camp, Ca. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. 157,270 acres. 95% contained. 22 total personnel. 1 crew. 440 structures lost. $57.9 Million CTD. #

SPIRIT CREEK FIRE. Dixie NF. 13 miles N of St. George, UT. Timber and brush. 125 acres. 100% contained. 4 total personnel. $100,000 CTD. #

SQF COMPLEX. Sequoia NF, CA. 25 miles N of Kernville and 33 miles E of Porterville, CA. Lightning-caused. Timber and chaparral. Command transferred from a Type 2 IMT (CA Team 13) back to the local unit on 11/14/2020. Minimal fire behavior. 174,178 acres. 90% contained. 103 total personnel. 1 crew, 2 engines, 3 helicopters. 228 structures lost. $120 Million CTD. #

THOMPSON RUN FIRE. Osage Agency. BIA. 7 miles W of Hominy, OK. Hardwood litter and tall grass. 801 acres. 95% contained. 6 total personnel. 1 engine. $5,000 CTD. #

TUBBY BOTTOM FIRE. National Forests of Mississippi. 3 miles E of Ashland, MS. Hardwood litter. 140 acres. 80% contained. 10 personnel with one engine. Moderate fire behavior. $8,000 CTD. #

WOLF FIRE. Yosemite NP, CA. 2,057 acres. 100% contained. Managed without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned. No resources assigned. $185,000 CTD. #

Nationally speaking, there are only 4 fire incidents that are being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 11/22/2020 1600 PT

LAFD Faces Greater Alarm

A two-story commercial building suffered extensive fire damage in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, October 30, 2020.

LAFD Fire personnel and assets were dispatched to a 2-story commercial building located in the 800 block of south San Julian Street (later address changed to the 900 block of the same address).

First due arriving units reported heavy pressurized smoke showing from the rooftop around 2003 hours PT.

The first due units (initial dispatched resources) were FS9, B1, Council District 14, BC1, BC11, E209, E210, E4, E9, RA209, RA809, SQ21, T10, T9, CH9, CH13.

A Greater Alarm structure fire was escalated at 2023 PT with reports of the building being a one-story with a possible upper mezzanine, concrete tilt-up construction and a size-up of 100′ x 200′. Firefighters were in offensive fire strategy with a heavy interior fire.

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Greater Alarm units dispatched were BC18, BC5, CM22, E10, E15, E203, E209, E210, E211, E220, E221, E3, EA1, EM1, EM13, HR3, RA10, CH14.

About 15 minutes later (2036 PT), firefighters were in a defensive fire strategy. The interior operations team made it deep inside the structure and was unable to locate any fire. It appeared to be overhead in a possible mezzanine of the building.

Due to rapidly poor conditions, all members were pulled from the interior and rooftop operations and immediately exit the building. Initially, Command had an unconfirmed report this structure was housing a fabric buisness.

Additional Units dispatched at 2036 PT were: RA3, RA4, RA803, RA9, T11, T20, T21, T21, T3, UR3, UR5, and UR88.

At 2202 PT, the address changed to 917 South San Julian Street, where fire fighters returned to offensive fire strategy and making enough suppression to re-enter the interior of the structure. This was to enable them to reach the remaining hot spots inaccessible by the master streams from the exterior sides.

One firefighter was transported due to a heat related illness and was said to be in fair condition.

Units working and on-scene were BC1, BC11, BC18, BC5, CM22, E10, E15, E203, E209, E210, E211, E220, E221, E3, E4, E5, E9, EA1, EM1, EM13, EM9, HE1, HR3, PI1, RA10, RA14, RA209, RA3, RA4, RA803, RA809, RA9, RS3, SQ21, T10, T11, T20, T21, T3, T9, UR3, UR5, UR88, CH9, CH13, CH14.

In the end of this incident, it would take 109 firefighters to knockdown this stubborn fire around 2213 PT. It would take them 2 hours and 9 minutes to extinguish this blaze.

Fire personnel will remain on-scene throughout the night for overhaul operations and fire watch to ensure no rekindling.

Units still on-scene are: AR1, BC1, BC11, BC18, BC5, CM22, E10, E15, E203, E209, E210, E211, E220, E221, E3, E4, E5, E9, EA1, EM1, EM13, EM9, HE1, HR3, PI1, RA10, RA14, RA209, RA3, RA4, RA803, RA809, RA9, RS3, SQ21, T10, T11, T20, T21, T3, T9, UR3, UR5, UR88, CH9, CH13, CH14.

The LAFD Arson Section is investigating this fire.

ABOUT THIS STRUCTURE

This is a commercial structure that has three different bays and currently being used as a store building built in 1975. It is located in the industrial neighborhood of Moran, a subdivision inside the Los Angeles city limits.

It boasts over 10,000 square feet and is nestled in between several other large commercial structures nearby.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/31/2020 01:15 PT