NW Fire News From the Fireground

Published 12/11/2021 (Saturday) 1115 PT

WASHINGTON, OREGON — Happy Saturday, everyone. This is fire news from around the northwest and what’s happening in each of your communities. Stay safe and thank you for reading our post. We appreciate you!

BELLEVUE FIRE DEPARTMENT (WA)

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Structure Fire | On the morning of December 9th, there was a large resource response dispatched to a fire in a condo building in the Eastgate area. Firefighters say it was a challenging fire due to extreme heat and low visibility fire conditions. They were able to successfully bring the fire under control in less than 35 minutes. The American Red Cross helped an unknown number of displaced residents. All of the occupants had evacuated from the building safely. No word on the cause of the fire, as it was still under investigation at the time of this post.

EAST JEFFERSON FIRE RESCUE (WA)

New EMTs | Four new EJFR graduates from the Jefferson County 2021-2 EMT school. The Fire Department states students will spend nearly 200 hours of training before taking their written and practical exams before starting on their journey of becoming career firefighters.

EAST PIERCE FIRE & RESCUE (WA)

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Coats to Local Kids | Firefighters take part in annual local community events that benefit kids and people, alike. Currently, EPFR firefighters have launched their Coats-4-Kids Drive, which began on December 7th with firefighters fitting coats at both Emerald Hills Elementary and Crestwood Elementary schools. By December 16th, firefighters will have outfitted about 200 kids with warm coats in about 10 schools throughout the District. You can help with Operation Warmy by donating, so First Responders can buy more warm coats for kids, by visiting their site at https://bit.ly/3pEkjEW.

SOUTH PIERCE FIRE & RESCUE (WA)

Santa’s Route | Santa has added an additional stop on his route in the agency’s service district, Eatonville on December 14, 2021 from 1700 hours to 2100 hours PT. Santa will be escorted by SPFR firefighters throughout the area. The map below with the route marked in RED shows his path through the City.

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TACOMA FIRE DEPARTMENT (WA)

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Training Buildings | TFD Firefighters are using the old Fawcett Elementary to conduct fire and rescue training. The training involves building searches, activating fire alarms, and mock fire call responses. The existing Fawcett building will be demolished next year, with the construction of the new school slated from 2022 to 2023. Fawcett staff and students will use the former McKinley campus for the next two school years, during the construction of their new school.

TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE AND RESCUE (OR)

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New Additions | TVFR added eight new members to the agency who will begin their journey through the Medic program this month. This will be Paramedic Recruit Academy 21-01.

VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS (WA)

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Toys For Kids Program | The Valley Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1352 need your help! Firefighters are investing in their community’s local children who need your help this Holiday Season. Firefighters support approximately 1,000 local children in their community and they are asking for donations, so they can provide gifts to them. These gifts will benefit the families in the Algona, Auburn and Pacific areas.

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BFD Responds to Newcastle Fire

BELLEVUE, Washington State — Bellevue Fire units were dispatched to a structure fire just before 1800 hours PT on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

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Credit: Bellevue Fire Department

The fire incident named “135th Command” is located in the 4200 block of 135th Place Southeast in Newcastle, Washington State.

Officials say the fire started in the attached garage and extended into the attic. Heavy smoke could be seen and was vented outside of the opened garage doors.

Fire operations included fighting it from an offensive strategy and was quickly brought under control.

It was unknown if occupants were home at the time of the fire or if they were evacuated from the structure.

No injuries to firefighters were reported.

The cause is under investigation at this time.

Firefighters will remain on-scene for an unknown period of time.

Bellevue Fire has Station #9 located in downtown Newcastle and provides fire/EMs coverage throughout this growing City.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 1815 PT

Bellevue Crash Involves Drunk Driving

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON STATE

Coal Creek Parkway, a major thoroughfare that goes through Bellevue into Renton was closed due to a three-car MCI involving a DUI injury collision on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

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Photo Credit: Bellevue Police Department

The roadway was closed for four hours while Bellevue Firefighters worked tirelessly to extricate two of the victims from several vehicles and Bellevue Police shutdown the high traffic roadway. Two were transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition.

No information on the drunk driver or if he or she was booked into the King County Jail.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 3/20/2021 1542 PT

Firefighters Fight House Fire

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON STATE

Firefighters from Bellevue Fire and Zone 3 mutual aid resources are currently battling a 2-alarm residential structure fire (duplex) in the 700 block of 143rd Place SE, near Lake Hills Elementary School.

The incident is named “143rd Command”.

Homes near this incident are currently being protected by hose lines as they are considered as exposures.

Spot fires were doused and a north side of the structure was searched with nothing found. Difficult access to the south side of the duplex had not been able to be searched.

A PIO was en route to the scene.

This is a developing story.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 1/20/2021 2044 PT

Bellevue Firefighters Respond to Thursday House Fire

Firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire on Thursday, April 23, 2020, just before noon today.

Light smoke billowed  from the eaves of the home as witnessed by many from the street above.  The home is located down a steep driveway.

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The fire broke out at a home located in the 2600 block 169 Ave Southeast in Bellevue, Washington State.

Engine 102 was first due on-scene  and began immediately fighting fire.

Primary and secondary searches were conducted but no fire vicitms were found.

Firefighters checked the attic for any extensions.

No injuries to firefighters or to civilians were reported.

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A preliminary cause of the fire was not immediately known at the time of this post.

Photo Images Credit | Bellevue Fire Department

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/23/2020 1140 hours PT

Wrong Turn Driver Smashes Into Building

A medium sized passenger vehicle took a wrong turn and ended up smashing in to the interior of a downtown business, Omega Photo, located in the 200 block of 105th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue, Washington.  This occurred on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Photo Credits | Bellevue Fire Department

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The car can be seen visibly crashing into the front plate window, startling busy shoppers inside the store.  People are being credited for their high situational awareness as this could have been a very serious injury or as a fatality to others inside.

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In all seriousness,  both the Bellevue Fire and Police Departments quickly responded to the incident around 1120 hours PST.

No injuries to firefighters, Police Officers, employees or shoppers was reported.

It was unknown if the driver suffered a medical emergency or if it was due to inattentiveness.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- 2/22/2020 1740 hours PST

 

Bellevue Firefighters Respond to Clyde Hill House Fire

CLYDE HILL, Wash. – Bellevue Firefighters were called to a residential structure fire in the 2000 block on 89th Avenue NE in the Clyde Hill area, a City with 3,000 residents and 1,100 households.

The City is contracted with the City of Bellevue Fire Department for all of its fire related services and emergency medical calls within its boundary.

The fire broke out at the home around 1309 hours PDT and was brought under control around 1319 hours PDT.

One occupant inside the structure was able to self-evacuate without any injuries.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and under investigation by the Bellevue Fire Department.

One Citizen reported seeing a black smoke column from as far as away as Mercer Island from her office window , which is across the water from Clyde Hill.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Bellevue Fire Erupts in Apartment Complex

BELLEVUE, Wash. – A fire broke out at a Factoria apartment complex on the afternoon of Sunday, April 22, 2018 from an unknown cause.

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Firefighters quickly responded to the commercial fire on Sunday afternoon.  Exposures around the three-story complex located in the 12900 block and Newport Way were searched and found to be all clear.  Fire was knocked down and contained rapidly to several units.

A Bellevue Fire Investigator responded to the scene.

There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries.

Limited information has been found on this incident today.  We will provide updates as details become available.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Fire Damages Factoria Structure

UPDATE – 0911 hours PST

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON | A fire broke out at an apartment complex located in the 12800 block of SE 40th in the Factoria area of Bellevue, Washington early Christmas morning.   Access into the fire scene was difficult due to snow and ice.  The fire occurred in between 0400 – 0430 hours PST.

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A cause is unknown at the time of this post.

Bellevue Fire stated about 5-6 patients were evaluated with 4 being transported to nearby hospital(s).  Many were injured in the fall, when they were jumping out of windows.

Six units were heavily damaged and not inhabitable.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

 

Fire Damages Factoria Structure

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON | A fire broke out at an apartment complex located in the 12800 block of SE 40th in the Factoria area of Bellevue, Washington early Christmas morning.   Some residents jumping out of windows as the fierce fire consumed parts of the structure were reported on this snowy morning in the wee hours on Monday (around 0400-0430 hours PST).

A cause is unknown at the time of this post.

Four patients were transported to area hospitals related to evacuating from the building. No word on their conditions are known at this time.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog