Commercial Fire | Phoenix, Arizona | 2

PHOENIX, Ariz. – UPDATE 2 – 2100 PDT

A Super Safeway store was the big trending story yesterday after it caught on fire.  Firefighters from multiple fire departments arrived on-scene to see the fully engulfed commercial structure ablaze that would eventually be elevated to a 3-alarm blaze.

Tactics were taken to immediately go into a defensive operation.  It was too unsafe to enter the building. There were several reports in media and on Social Media saying at first there was no one inside and another saying that all persons had safely evacuated the building.

Around 0840 hours this morning (Thursday, July 12, 2018), photographs on Social Media would show that the store was fully left open and exposed with its roof completely caved in, shelving toppled, steel rebar and girders showing the intensity of the blaze and how it can completely destroy anything in its path.

Photo Credit | Phoenix Fire PIO

Reports of a big storm with lightning rolled over the area, right before smoke billowed out of the building. One Social Media user reported that Police had shutdown several roadways, while emergency personnel responded to a gas leak a day or two ago.

There is no exact cause listed but reports of a big downpour of rain fell over the area with some speculating that the heavy rain may have caused the roof to be too heavy and suffered some damage to an electrical box.  We will have to wait to see what the result of the fire investigation report states.

A Disaster Recovery and Restoration team was on site today around 1650 hours, assessing the damage of the building.  It appears that everything interior appeared to be destroyed with the outer walls including the front facade of the structure still standing.

Safeway said that will be relocating employees from this store to other locations.  It is unknown if they plan to rebuild this store.

No injuries were reported.


(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

SODO Commercial Structure Seriously Damaged by Fire | 2

SEATTLE, Wash. – A commercial building located in the 3600 block of E Marginal Way South in the SODO industrial area and near the main arterial Spokane Street, caught fire on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Fire was from an unknown ignition causing massive damage to the 3651 Warehouse building – an Event Rental Space building. (per Google Maps and Seattle’s CAD exact address given)

Fire seen from Coulon Park in Renton, Washington | Photo Credit: Diego A Santiago


Seattle Fire dispatched the following units on July 4th at 1903 hours (PDT) for both the initial and 2nd Alarm companies:

E13, L17, B5, E36, A14, AIR10, B7, DEP1, E27, E30, E32, E5, E6, L11, L3, M10, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF 10, B5, E36, E13, L7


Here are some of the highlights from the actual fire call as we focused on live coverage on both of our Facebook (@nwfireblog) and Twitter (@nwfireblog) pages.

Water  Supply

In the early stages of the structure fire, firefighters quickly set up water supplies in various areas around the fire building.  One of several were established with the first one where lines were laid over Burlington RR tracks (the RR was notified). A second one was established in Division Bravo, protecting an exposure building to the South. A third location which they laid 1,000 feet of a hose line to the nearest hydrant.


Command made sure all fire crews were aware of his fire objectives when At 40 minutes into the fire, he stated they were working to knock down the fire and make sure there were no extension through the fire wall on the Alpha side.  They wanted to save the front of the building and stopping any extension. They wanted to go for a maximum flow in Division Bravo and Delta.

Ladder 3 was assigned as the RIT team.

50 minutes on the incident clock (1955 hours)

Ladder 7 would experience a mechanical failure in which the aerial could no longer pump water from its aerial.

70 minutes on the incident clock (2015 hours)

Division Alpha

Firefighters were working successfully with 2 1/2″ hand lines on the exterior side in defensive fire operations.

Division Bravo

Engine 5 became the supply line to Ladder 7 on the Charlie side from the Bravo side. They were busy helping Ladder 7 establish Ladder Pipe Operations, along with Ladder 1.

L1 was located at the Alpha/Bravo of the exposure building.  More resources were needed for manpower.  A 3rd Alarm was called by the IC but was later cancelled.

E25 set up a 2 1/2″ dry hose line to L7. (2000 hours)

Fire was knocked down on the Bravo / Charlie side. Some crews were sent to REHAB for recycling.

Fire was knocked down completely in the Charlie side with no extensions. (2007)

City Light arrived in this Division and helped shutdown all power lines.

Units in the Division Bravo area included L1, L7 (Alpha), E27, E6, B6, E5 and E2.

Division Charlie

Aid 14 was assisting L7 with Ladder Pipe Operations but was recalled to the  Command Post.  Another unit would come in and continue with assistance.

Fire was knocked down (1950 hours).

L17 Team Bravo was assigned to Division Charlie.  A 2 1/2″ line was put in on Charlie from Delta side.  They were working on assisting with putting out car fires.

Division Delta

E13 was located on the Charlie/Delta exposure side where a fence was located. Their needs for (2) 2 1/2″ to help save the building on the corner of the exposure building.

Cars in the rear of the building were catching on fire.  The IC cancelled the 3rd Alarm due to firefighters were fighting defensively and not going interior.

They were making good progress and would later shutdown L7 (Alpha) ladder pipe operations and to implement a reassessment.

Rooftop Operations

Firefighters were on the most Southern rooftop and could see the fire building on their stable operating platform. They observed the roof caved in on the Fire building but that others were not affected.

Due to their good location, they stated they could hit the fire building safely from the rooftop with (2) 2 1/2″ lines safely.

Engine 25 Officer would become assume Rooftop Operations (2013).

REHAB Operations

REHAB Operations was established to help rehydrate firefighters with water, healthy foods and in conjunction with Medical Group in making sure crews are assessed for medical reasons.  They are generally grouped together with the Seattle Fire Buffs and near the Seattle Fire Air Unit.

Fire PIO

A presser was released by the Seattle Fire Department stating that the main body of fire has been put out but fire crews will remain on scene working on spot fires throughout the night into the following day.

The fire was contained to one commercial building.

Fire investigators will be investigating the cause.  There is no preliminary cause known at this time.

No injuries were reported to civilians or firefighters.

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Seattle Fire’s Ladder 1 (Stock Photo) | (c) NW Fire Blog

Social Media

We have seen reports that this was a “Junkyard” Fire and another stated it was a 4-Alarm fire.  We can confirm this was a commercial structure fire and only a 2-Alarm.  It was a 3-Alarm for a very short time but then it was cancelled by Command as they stated they weren’t going interior operations.

As many of you know, we work to try to provide the best and most accurate details of any fire-related/Public Safety/Emergency/Disaster event we cover or write about.  We generally glean information from verified sources before we publish.  There are many versions of this fire incident in the news and through eyewitness throughout the Seattle area.

Editor’s Message(s):

We thank you for reading our post and understanding how this fire unfolded.  We send our sincere condolences to those whom may be affected by the fire from the owners down to Management to the employees.

Special Thank Yous to all of the Seattle Fire crews who worked in dangerous fire and weather conditions to get this fire out and for those who will spend their 4th of July on Fire Watch throughout the night.

To those who support the Fire Service, including the Dispatchers and Fire Buffs (REHAB Support) who took part in this incident. Your engaging efforts were well received and appreciated.  You all did a great and amazing job.

To the Seattle Police Officers that handled Traffic Control and other assigned duties.  We appreciate your dedication and service.


(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2330 hours PDT 

Seattle Fights Large Barge Fire

SEATTLE, Wash. – On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Firefighters were dispatched to a fully engulfed scrapped car barge fire moored at the Seattle and Iron Metal Corp. dock. The commercial fire was located in the 600 block of South Myrtle Street in the Georgetown area.


The fire incident was quickly elevated to a 2-Alarm fire response bringing more Chiefs, personnel, equipment and more fire boats.

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Photo Credit | David Sonsteng (Written permission granted)


The following Seattle fire resources were dispatched immediately, which they quickly engaged the fire.

MRN1, FRB5, A14, E28, L3, E27, L1, L11, SAFT2, STAF10, DEP1, R1, FIREBOAT, AIR10, FRB4, A2, M1, E11, L7, B5, E6, A10, E36, REHAB1, E13, M28, PTRL4, B7, B5, MAR5, PIO, E32, E10.


Seattle Fire personnel.

City of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Office staff.

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Photo Credit | David Sonsteng (Written permission granted)

Seattle SPU arrived to the fire scene with their main focus on assessing the Duwamish River.

The Department of Ecology stated they observed no oil sheen and did not observe distressed wildlife on the Duwamish River on Wednesday morning, June 27, 2018.  They did say there was a small amount of firefighting foam at the tide line.  The barge is boomed as a precaution.

Barge moored along river bank, crane in background, orange boom in foreground.

Photo Credit | WA Dept. of Ecology


Fire Investigators have ruled the cause as accidental and with damages at $1,000,000.


Two firefighters were reported to have been injured after suffering minor injuries and were treated at a nearby unnamed (most likely Harborview Medical Center) hospital.

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Photo Credit | David Sonsteng (Written permission granted)


Social Media became ablaze with barge fire photos being posted all over the Twitter and Facebook.

Photos portrayed a huge black smoke column seen from areas such as Capitol Hill, West Seattle, South Seattle, seen on 1st Avenue South bridge, from north of the Seattle Boeing plant, Seatac Airport, Magnolia and by others on the outskirts of this large City.

If you are seeing smoke to the East (via from West Seattle).  It is a barge on fire with metal and propane on the Duwamish River.”

Seattle Fire Department says the fire is mostly out and that they train for these types of large fire incidents.” – SFD Presser

We are aware of the large barge fire. We are monitoring the situation and will respond as needed.” – USCG Pacific Northwest


Want more great photos?  Check out David Sonsteng, Photographer and Owner of DJ Sonsteng Photography on his Facebook Page @djsonstengphotography or on Instagram at

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 0540 PDT

Commercial Fire Now 2nd Alarm in Federal Way, Washington


Another large fire is plaguing the Southeast area of King County but this time it is a commercial structure fire located at 32300 4th Place South in Federal Way, Washington.

The fire originally reported as a first-alarm incident has now been elevated to another second alarm with some crews coming from Tacoma (Ladder 4) en route from Fife and Command requesting that all South King Fire units being recalled.  Some are being rerouted from the three-alarm fire of the old Heritage Building in Auburn.


Fire crews were busy conducting primary and secondary searches on all floor levels of the fire structure.  A structure on the Bravo side was one of the concerns but fire crews did a search and found no extension and nothing else found in the adjacent building.  Primary and secondary searches were conducted but nothing was found.


One person was rescued from the structure and in the hands of Medics with CPR in progress.  One trusted source has reported Fire Officials reported one fatality.


We are using hashtag #FederalWayFire.



(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog



#Breaking | Commercial Fire in Washougal WA | 2


Incident Summary

A media source reported that the Camas-Washougal FD released a stating a large commercial fire was burning through a storage yard of a plastic drain and irrigation piping at the Advanced Drainage System business around 2000 hours PDT on Friday evening.

Fire in the Area

There was a report of an unknown fire originally near the intersection of South 35 and Index Street in the City of Washougal.

Scanner Feed came up as a brush fire in a commercial lot that had multiple exposures.  That fire was not stated as to where that was located.

No official word on the cause as the County Fire Investigator will be investigating.


It was later reported as a 2-Alarm commercial structure fire with a total of 8 engines from the CWFD and Vancouver FD.

A fire company will be on fire watch throughout the night.



No injuries were reported.



(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – 7/28/2017 @ 2257 Hours PDT


#Breaking | Commercial Fire in Washougal WA | 1


Incident Summary

Responding fire units were dispatched to a commercial lot for a very large brush fire in an industrial area around 2004 hours PDT on Friday, July 28, 2017.  Around 2016 hours PDT,  Command updated Dispatch the fire had a fast rate of spread with multiple exposures. At 2035 hours, it was still being reported as a fast-moving brush fire with  many exposure structures around it.


Resources from the Washougal Fire Department are on-scene fighting the blaze. It is unknown if there are other mutual aid Agencies assisting and whom those units may be.

Fire Weather

Weather forecasters are saying smoke is now blow towards Corbett with winds NW/NNW.

Current Conditions

The fire has been mostly knocked down and appears to be smoldering.  Two semi trailers were removed from the fire location that were heavily damaged or totalled.

No injuries were reported.

Social Media

The fire is being covered all over Social Media with some saying the smoke can be seen as far away as Portland, Troutdale and other Cities in Oregon.

We will provide an update as soon as info is available.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – 7/28/2017 @ 2150 Hours PDT


Update 2 | Bronx NY Commercial Building Still Burning

UPDATE 2 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 2254 PDT / 0154 EDT APRIL 9, 2017

Current fire conditions: [Per Command]

75 x 100 facility with fire showing on Floors 2 and 3.  Car 15 is assisting Operations.  5 Towers are working with 1 stream in Operations.  Windows and doors are covered but Truck is opening them up.

Two additional Towers were requested.

A FAST truck was also en route to the fire ground.

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 2238 PDT / 0138 EDT APRIL 9, 2017

A fire broke out at the Tuck-It-Away Self Storage on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  Heavy fire greeted firefighters from the second floor of the six-floor commercial building.  It was quickly elevated to a 2nd Alarm and later to a 3rd Alarm.

The fire is located on the 100 block of E 138th Street in Queens/Bronx of NYC, New York.

All personnel that were inside the building were told to evacuate.  A roll call [PAR] was completed by Command.  All personnel were accounted for.

One additional Tower Ladder [Ladder 44] was requested at 0128 Hours EDT [2228 Hours PDT] They were told to access the fire ground from 140th Street on to Walton Street on to Exposure 3 side and were assigned to Battalion 2.

The fire was still in exterior operations and are using Towers [Ladders]

Another Tower [L9 acting as L14] was requested at 0134 EDT.  They were requested to access the same route and after they arrive, to stand by for instructions.

Exterior operations are ongoing.

For more details, check our live coverage on our Twitter account @nwfireblog

Hashtags using for this post are: #Queens #NYC #FDNY

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

NEW | Bronx NY Commercial Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 2238 PDT / 0138 EDT

A fire broke out at the Tuck-It-Away Self Storage on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  Heavy fire greeted firefighters from the second floor of the six-floor commercial building.  It was quickly elevated to a 2nd Alarm and later to a 3rd Alarm.

The fire is located on the 100 block of E 138th Street in Queens/Bronx of NYC, New York.

All personnel that were inside the building were told to evacuate.  A roll call [PAR] was completed by Command.  All personnel were accounted for.

One additional Tower Ladder [Ladder 44] was requested at 0128 Hours EDT [2228 Hours PDT] They were told to access the fire ground from 140th Street on to Walton Street on to Exposure 3 side and were assigned to Battalion 2.

The fire was still in exterior operations and are using Towers [Ladders]

Another Tower [L9 acting as L14] was requested at 0134 EDT.  They were requested to access the same route and after they arrive, to stand by for instructions.

Exterior operations are ongoing.

For more details, check our live coverage on our Twitter account @nwfireblog

Hashtags using for this post are: #Queens #NYC #FDNY

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

#Breaking | Commercial Fire | Las Vegas, Nevada

Updated 2230 PST


Las Vegas, Nevada – A massive fire was seen from various view points in Western Las Vegas, burning a very large apartment complex located at the intersection of Hualapai & Rochelle and near 215 & Flamingo.  Social Media began burning up the airwaves with multiple postings of fire images such as this one below.

(Credit:  Gladys. Republished with Written Permission)


Clark County Fire Department was first due in and quickly elevated the fire to a 2nd Alarm bringing in additional resources (9 units) from Las Vegas Fire Department.  Fire Investigators were said to be on-scene during fire suppression efforts being conducted.


A cause is unknown at this time as Investigators will need to wait for the fire to cool down and be able to work the scene. This will take a while.


Communications by Fire personnel and Command reported multiple buildings on fire, able to extinguish the fires and hot spots, enter interior and some structures with burned off roofs.


No injuries of civilians or firefighters have been reported.


“4 separate apt. buildings caught fire near Flamingo/Hualapai. Hitting hot spots now.” – Clark Co FD PIO

“Huge inferno lights up , cause unclear.” – Media

“Quite the blaze from a fire from an under-construction apartment building.” – Media

“Firefighters battle blaze at west-valley buildings under construction.” – Media

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog


NEW! San Pedro Fire in Los Angeles California

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles City Firefighters were dispatched to a large commercial fire on 3rd Street and San Pedro at 2010 hours this evening.  Command Name:  San Pedro Fire.

Here is a timeline for this fire:

2010 Hours PDT

The fire is located at 265 S Pedro Street in Los Angeles, California.  A commercial fire on floor 2 of a 2-story business with another exposure building, also a commercial structure.

Firefighters have arrived to a well-established fire.

2036 Hours PDT

The fire address has been corrected to 330 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California.  There are 127 Los Angeles City firefighters fighting the large commercial structure fire.

The fire tactics now shifted to defensive tactics in one (1) business, a wholesale-distributor of smoking materials. The business name is “Smoke Tokes”.

Hazardous materials reported inside the building are an unknown number of flammable pressurized gas cylinders exploding.

No injuries or evacuations have been reported at this time.

2118 Hours PDT

Still in defensive operations.  There are now 164 Firefighters on the fire ground fighting the active fire on floor 2.

No injuries or evacuations are in effect at this time.

2149 Hours PDT

Hot spots on ground floor on the Alpha side.  IC keeping crews out of the Alpha side.  REHAB is on 3rd Street / E of San Pedro Street.

2151 Hours PDT

Front end of the fire has taken off in the fire occupancy building.

2155 Hours PDT

Bravo / Charlie trying to get to fire area.  Floor 1 fire knocked down.

2156 Hours PDT

Fire is starting to break through. Truck 50 getting water on it.

2157 Hours PDT

Line on 3rd Street. Unable to pull line due to the mezzanine will be affected.  The Charlie wall said to be compromised and limited access in the dumbwaiter area.  Fire did not want to put firefighters in that area.

2158 Hours PDT

Requests to releasing units back in service were made.  Engine 9 was released. LAFD PIO tweeted Fire crews were getting close to containing the fire but it was not official as of yet.

2159 Hours PDT

The roof on the Delta side is good and a hose line is getting repositioned/on the fire.

2202 Hours PDT

Engine Co’s 9 and 3 were on the Delta exposure building establishing a hand line on the rooftop.

2203 Hours PDT

Engine 10 on the Alpha side was putting “water” on the fire from the Delta side.

2204 Hours PDT

1 hour and 50 minutes was broadcasted over the radio from Dispatch.

2207 Hours PDT

RIT Supervisor along with E27, Rescue4 on Alpha side, USAR 88, Rescue 27 on Bravo side. All companies out of the building.

2208 Hours PDT

Bravo side reported the fire is going nowhere. One(1) small hot spot they were working on.  Charlie side was working from the bottom of the structure to work with Truck 50 on the hot spot.

2210 Hours PDT

Engine 10 on the Alpha side reported part of the top deck has fallen down below is source for smoke and trapping a layer of fire.  Fire is surrounded by units and it is not going anywhere.  Truck 9 is close to calling this a K/D fire.

Truck 50 is now reporting mostly white smoke on the Bravo side.

2213 Hours PDT

Operations is releasing Truck 3, Engine 10 and Truck 11 from the fire.  Charlie side officially reports fire is K/D.

2214 Hours PDT

The stubborn commercial structure fire in the 100-year old 13,822 square foot 2-story building was knocked down within two (2) hours and four (4) minutes.

The building was home to “Smoke Tokes” a smoking-materials wholesale-distributor business.  Heavy damage to the building, business and contents are present.  The unknown financial loss is not known at this time.

No injuries or evacuations were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown at the time of this post.

2215 Hours PDT

Command announces NE 3rd Street and San Pedro is now K/D. Calling all Officers to do a quick HOT WASH.

2218 Hours PDT

Engine Companies 15 and 4 are still on Floor 2.

2219 Hours PDT

Battalion 5 is back in service.  Emergency Air 1 unit has arrived on Boyd and San Pedro, South of the fire building.

2242 Hours PDT

Truck 9, LF2, E3 and E10 will remain on-scene for one (1) hour and then be released for the night.

Units Dispatched

  • AR:  1
  • Battalion Chiefs:  1, 2, 5, 11, 13, 18
  • Command:  21, 22
  • EM:  1
  • Engines:  2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10,  11, 17, 21, 26, 27, 201, 202, 203, 205, 209, 211,  220, 227, 229, 250.
  • EA:  1
  • EM:  2, 11
  • Heavy Rescue: 56
  • HU:  59
  • RA: 3, 4, 9, 27, 209, 804,  821,
  • RM: 2
  • RT:  59,
  • Squads:  21
  • Trucks:  1, 2, 3, 5,  9, 11, 20, 27, 29, 50.
  • UR: 27, 88


Hashtags for this fire used on Social Media are #DTLA #LAFD #SanPedroFire


(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog