Seattle Firefighters Respond to Saturday House Fire

King County, Washington | Firefighters were dispatched to a single-family house fire on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in the 7000 Block of Ravenna Avenue NE in Seattle.

Seattle Fire units included Aid31, Air10, B2, B6, Deputy1, Engines 16, 17, 22, 31, 40. Ladders 5, 8, 9. Medic17, 44 9 (Supervisor), FIU Marshal5, REHAB1, Safety2, Staff10.

Chaplains 5 and 6 from the Seattle Fire Department have been dispatched to the scene.

Photo Credit | Seattle Fire Department

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Fire was deemed quick under control.  Primary and secondary searches were conducted.

One adult male was found deceased inside the home and an elderly female was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries and was also transported to a local Seattle Hospital.

There was no preliminary cause of the fire released at the time of this post.

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Significant Historical Events | On This Day in History | August 28th

Looking back into the past gives an eyewitness account of the amazing force of nature from Earthquakes, Hurricanes, major flooding, illnesses breaking out to many other Disasters hitting us here in the United States and around the Globe.
Here are the countless events that took place TODAY, on this day and the year the they occurred.
1884:
SOUTH DAKOTA – The first known photograph of a tornado near Howard.
The 1st known photograph of a tornado, taken in 1884 by F.N. Robinson

Credit:  FN Robinson/NWS.

1893: 
GEORGIA & SOUTH CAROLINA – A hurricane killed at least 1,000 people in both states.
1923:
MASSACHUSETTS – Conflagration fire destroys 44 buildings and kills 2 in Hull.
1962:
LOUISIANA – 55.9 cm or 22 inches fall on Hackberry and is recorded as the state record.
1973:
MEXICO – An 6.8 M earthquake epicenter in Oaxaca State in Mexico kills 527 people and injuring 1,000 more.
1979:
GELDERLAND – Train crash in Nijmegen, Gelderland (near the German border) killing 7.
1981:
USA – The US national Centers for Disease Control, noting a high incidence of Kaposi’s sarcoma and pneumococcus in homosexual men, announced a medical task force had been formed to find out why. It was later determined the increased number of illnesses was caused by AIDS.
1982:
ITALY – The Italian Air Force acrobatic team known as F recce Tricolor i was flying 10 Aermacchi MB-339 (a subsonic trainer/light attack jet) at the Ramstein Air Show when 3 of the planes collided and crashed, killing all 3 pilots.  67 spectators were killed and 1,000 people injured with 346 with serious injuries.  It was the worst up to the year of 2002.
 
1990: 
ILLINOIS – A tornado claimed the lives of 29 and injured more than 300 Northern Illinois.
1991:
NEW YORK – Aug 28, In NYC 5 subway riders were killed after subway motorman Robert Ray fell asleep drunk while in control of a train. He was convicted of manslaughter in 1992 and sentenced to 15 years. He was set free in 2001 for good behavior.
1992:
FLORIDA – The US government mounted two huge relief operations, rushing food and drinking water to hurricane-ravaged Florida.
AFRICA – US cargo planes landed in Somalia with tons of food for African famine victims.
1993:
WEST CHINA – 223 are killed when a dam breaks in Qinghai in West China.
1997:
BELGIUM – Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for  90 minutes.
2002:
USA – West Nile Virus claims two more lives.   This was by far the worst year with 425 reported cases in the U.S.
2003:
ENGLAND – An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London’s underground rail network to a halt.
 
2005: 
LOUISIANA –  Mayor Ray Nagin ordered an immediate evacuation for all of New Orleans, a city sitting below sea level with 485,000 inhabitants, as Hurricane Katrina bore down with wind revved up to nearly 175 mph and a threat of a massive storm surge.
2006:
CUBA – Tropical Storm Ernesto hit Cuba west of the US naval air base at Guantanamo after killing 2 people in Haiti.
2007:
USA – The US Census Bureau released its latest report on income, poverty and health insurance in the US. It noted a continuing increase in the number and proportion of Americans who lacked health insurance.
GREECE – Foreign firefighters and aircraft joined in battling wildfires that have destroyed some of Greece’s lushest landscape. The death toll from 5 days of blazes rose to at least 64.
2008:
CHINA – State media reported that Chinese government auditors have uncovered the misuse of millions of dollars in disaster assistance as part of an embezzlement probe spanning 10 central government departments.
HAITI – Tropical Storm Gustav bore down on Jamaica after leaving 67 people dead on Hispaniola, including 59 in Haiti and 8 in the Dominican Republic.
2009:
CALIFORNIA –  Gov. Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Monterrey counties due to wild fires.
2010:
INDIA – Officials said at least 215 people, mostly children, have died in an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in an impoverished region of northern Indian and that the death toll is likely to soar.
IRAN – 3 people died in the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the country’s remote northeast. Forty others were injured.
PAKISTAN –  floodwaters made another break in the levees protecting the southern Pakistani city of Thatta. Over 175,000 residents fled for high ground and left the city nearly empty.
2011:
NEW YORK – Seawater surged into the streets of Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious wind and rain. The flooding threatened Wall Street and the heart of the global financial network. At least 16 people were reported killed in 6 states: 5 in North Carolina, 4 in Virginia, 3 in New Jersey, 2 in Florida and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
NIGERIA – heavy rains that caused a dam to overflow in the southwest and led to houses being submerged killing 102 people and displaced thousands. Most of the victims were children who drowned in the city of Ibadan.
2012:
SOUTH KOREA – Typhoon Bolaven pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain as it churned up rough seas that smashed two Chinese fishing ships into rocks, killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to perform a daring rescue for the survivors. At least 9 other people were killed and 10 were missing as the typhoon knocked out power to hundreds of thousands.
2013:
SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi health authorities said another Saudi man has died of the corona-virus MERS, bringing the kingdom’s death toll from the SARS-like virus to 42, adding a new case was registered.
CALIFORNIA – In northern California the Rim Fire expanded to 300 square miles as fire crews increased containment to just over 23%.
NIGERIA – Niger media and the UN said severe flooding since the start of August has killed at least 20 people and left around 48,000 homeless.
LAOS – UN officials said flash floods and heavy monsoon rains have battered Laos, killing at least 20 people, washing away roads and damaging crops.
INDIA – A building collapse in Vadodara, India killing 11 people.  The 3-story residential building was home to 12 families.
2014:
GHANA – Ebola-hit nations met for crisis talks in Accra as the death toll topped 1,500 and the WHO warned that the number of cases could exceed 20,000 before the outbreak is stemmed.
NICARAGUA –  2 miners escaped a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine in Bonanza. 20 miners were brought out the next day and rescuers dug away to free five more still trapped.
2018:
PUERTO RICO – raises official death toll of 2017 Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975.
(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

MA Fire In History | Elliott Chambers Rooming House Fire | 1984

BEVERLY, MASSACHUSSETTS – In the early morning hours on July 4, 1984, a fire swept through a three-story turn-of-the-century rooming house above a commercial structure, killing fifteen innocent souls.

Backstory

A man who was dating a woman broke up with him.   She begins to date another male. The ex could not contain his blazing anger or the jealous rage and told others he wanted her back.  Due to that not being a reality, he confronts the new boyfriend in the alleyway of the rooming house the night before the fire.  He tells him to stop dating his ex-girlfriend or he will kill him and burn down his house.

Simple Fire Investigation.  Case closed.

This fire was not your run-of-the-mill normal house fire but something much larger and more sinister than anyone could have ever imagine.

And, the story begins…

Location

The fire burned above the Davis Drug Pharmacy, located at 434 Rantoul Street in Beverly Massachussetts.

Scene Unfolds

On the eve of July 3rd, the ex-boyfriend confronted the new boyfriend in the alleyway near the rooming house, threatening him to stop dating his ex or he was going to kill him and burn down his place where he lived at the rooming house.  The ex- worked at a Pizza restaurant nearby the building.

On July 4th around 0300 – 0400 hours, a reporting party (RP) stated seeing a car matching the description that belonged to the ex-boyfriend.  It was parked nearby the rooming house.

On the same day in the early morning hours around 0400, two additional RPs would report seeing a man standing in the doorway of the rooming house. One said that they could not ID him but there was a male looking suspicious by standing nearby.  Another reported seeing a man leaning over a stack of newspapers smoking a cigarette in the doorway of the rooming house.

The raging structure fire broke out at 0418 hours. The fire took the lives of 13 residents of the 36 that lived there, when they suffered burns or smoke inhalation.  A 14th victim was killed when he jumped from a third-floor room trying to escaped the fire.  Two weeks later, a 15th victim was killed when they passed away in a hospital.

Beverly Firefighters were clearly distraught by the multiple deaths on-scene.

Cause

The cause was determined to be arson.  A Fire Investigator arrived at the fire scene on July 9, 1984, and determined the fire started in the alcove adjacent to the front entrance of the rooming structure.

A stack of newspapers found next to the door had been set ablaze with some type of hydrocarbon accelerant, the Investigator wrote and testified at the court trial.

Electrical failure or spontaneous combustion was ruled out as the cause.

Justice Served

The defendant, John Doe (we have omitted his name for privacy concerns and for the victims he killed and out of respect for their families) was charged with fifteen counts of second degree murder and one count of burning a dwelling house. His first trial (May 4, 1988) ended in a mistrial because of prosecutorial misconduct.

At his second trial (June 16-October 6, 1992), he was convicted by a jury of all charges that included a life sentence on count 1 of the murder indictment and a fifteen to twenty-year sentence to State prison on the arson charge to run concurrently with the life sentence imposed on count 1.

The judge then imposed concurrent life sentences on the remaining murder convictions to be served from and after the life sentence imposed on count 1 of the murder indictment.

The defendant filed a motion for a new trial, which was denied without a hearing.

Needless to say, he will not be getting out of jail anytime soon and that is great news for his victims’ families and the community he impacted so wholeheartedly due to his jealous rage that killed so many in the end.

Never Forget

The Elliott Chambers Fire Memorial was dedicated before a crowd of 100 people on July 1, 2010.  The Memorial received the Bench of Winter in 2011.

Remembering those who were lost:

  • Alfred Cummings, 70
  • John Didlake, 30
  • Vincent DiFrancesco, 52
  • Richard Duest, 38
  • George Flynn,18
  • Francis Hinchey, 63
  • Eugene Maciejowki,37
  • Robert Moore,70
  • Ralph Nickerson, 9
  • Richard Nickerson, 21
  • William Peters, 72
  • Raymond Smith, 30
  • Hattie Whary, 73
  • Nicholas Wilder, 57
  • Chester Wilson, 54

This would be the most deadliest fire in all of Beverly’s arson fire history ever  to be recorded.

Disclaimer

All information was gleaned from various sources and we made sure all information is accurate to the best of our abilities.  We dedicate this post to the persons whom died and to their families that are still with us.  We are so sorry for your loss and this post is a dedication in their honor.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1230 hours PDT

 

 

Update 2 | Trench Accident Steals 2 Lives, 1 Saved in Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho – A trench accident occurred near Hill Road and Parkway in Boise, Idaho approximately 3 hours our time (West Coast) today burying three construction workers.  The call was received by Police/Fire Department around 1735 hours Mountain Time.

Units dispatched to the scene were: 4 Engine Companies, T7, Bat1, Chief5, 3 Aid/Paramedic units, Eagle Rescue and 2 trench rescue trucks.

While on-scene, it was determined two of the three construction workers were deceased and began in recovery mode.  One was conscious and transported to a nearby hospital.

No word on what caused the trench to collapse or if they were in compliant with L&I/OSHA regulations for conducting work in the trench.

Information was received from a source stating they have recovered one victim’s body, while still searching for the second one.  We reached out prior to this post requesting an update on the third victim and a general update on the incident.  We are waiting for a response.

Thanks to  for assisting with this story and helping provide vital details so we could share this story with you.

UPDATE: at 2047 PDT.  All victims have been recovered/rescued from the trench.  We still do not know the condition of the one construction worker who was rescued by firefighters.

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Update 1 | Trench Accident Steals 2 Lives, 1 Saved in Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho – A trench accident occurred near Hill Road and Parkway in Boise, Idaho approximately 3 hours our time (West Coast) today burying three construction workers.  The call was received by Police/Fire Department around 1735 hours Mountain Time.

Trench Stock Photo (Courtesy by Wikipedia)

Trench Stock Photo (Courtesy by Wikipedia)

(Note: Not photo of the actual incident but that of which could look like Trench construction).

Units dispatched to the scene were: 4 Engine Companies, T7, Bat1, Chief5, 3 Aid/Paramedic units, Eagle Rescue and 2 trench rescue trucks.

While on-scene, it was determined two of the three construction workers were deceased and began in recovery mode.  One was conscious and transported to a nearby hospital.

No word on what caused the trench to collapse or if they were in compliant with L&I/OSHA regulations for conducting work in the trench.

Information was received from a source stating they have recovered one victim’s body, while still searching for the second one.  We reached out prior to this post requesting an update on the third victim and a general update on the incident.  We are waiting for a response.

Thanks to  for assisting with this story and helping provide vital details to share this story with you.

If you wish to be like Joel and help us report on stories, please check us out on @nwfireblog (Twitter) or on our Facebook page.  You can also drop us a line at nwfireblog@comcast.net. We love partnering and sharing the credit with you.

We are working on covering more Public Safety related stories and hope you will join us.  Stay tuned y’all and be safe out there.

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SHORELINE FIRE Help Save Lives by Giving Away Free Window Guards

Shoreline, Washington

More and more calls come through 9-1-1 Dispatch centers across the Nation in kids pushing the screen out or being curious of windows in their homes, causing them to fall down below.  Some have received serious injuries, while a few have died.

The Safe Kids Worldwide say that in 2011 alone, there were 2.876,929 fall-related injuries that required ER treatment.  In 2010, there were 127 children that died from their fall-related injuries.  Kids younger than five years old falling out of windows U.S.-wide annually is 3,300.

Folks, we don’t know about you but to us that’s way too many kids getting hurt from PREVENTABLE injuries.  These “accidents” can be so prevented, if parents, caregivers, grandparents, friends, daycare, neighbors and the list goes on that can protect these innocent lives.  No one wants to see a child hurt or watch as they fall out of a window.

With this being said, Shoreline Fire Department is giving away FREE Window Guards starting TODAY.  You can pick these up from their Headquarters located at 17525 Aurora Avenue N in Shoreline Washington.

Sponsored by | SafeKidsWashington and the Regional Trauma Council.

For more information, you can click this link for details | http://www.stopat4.com/if-kids-could-float.

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ON THIS DAY | April 20 | The Day The World Changed Forever

We thought this would be a fun little every day post and way for us to learn something new.  Information has not been verified for each date but we feel credible enough to post it on our blog.  Sources are gleaned from all over the net.

295 | 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.

1770 | Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales.

1777 | New York adopts new constitution as new independent state.

1836 | Territory of Wisconsin established.

1837 | Massachussetts creates a State Board of Education.

1872  | San Francisco Bar Association organized.

1888  | 246 reportedly killed by hail in Moradabad, India.

1906| San Francisco Earthquake [on 4/18] creating multiple fires taking Firefighters 2 days to bring the fire under control & stopped from spreading. 700 people died. 200,000 were homeless.

1914 | 33 killed by soldiers during mine strike in Colorado.

1920 | Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama and Mississippi.

1926 | First radio facsimilie transmission sent across the Atlantic.

1929 | World Tallest building, Bank of Manhattan is announced to be built in New York. 63 floors, to be exactly.

1940 | First electron microscope demonstrated [RCA] in Phily, PA.

1944 | The NFL legalizes coaching from the bench.

1946 | First baseball broadcast in Chicago. [Cards v Cubs]

1948 | NYC hikes subway fares from 5 cents to 10 cents.

1960 | Brasilia was inaugurated as Brazil’s newest Captital.

1961 | American Harold Graham makes first rocket belt fly.

1962 | NASA Civilian pilot, Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m.

1967 | A series of 52 tornadoes killed 58 people. The states hit included northern Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and lower Michigan. – US Surveyor 3 lands on moon.

1970 | In Manila, Philippines, a Philippine Air Lines crashed after an explosion in the rear lavatory caused the tail section to break off. All 36 people on board were killed.

1972 | Apollo 16 makes 5th manned landing on the moon.

1973 | In Patabangan, Philippines, 33 people died when a Philippine Air Lines crashed after a bomb exploded on board.

1995 | Timothy McVeight was arrested for the #OKCBombing.

1999 | Columbine High School Shooting. 13 killed. 24 wounded.  2 suspected committed suicide.

2003 | In Bangladesh, a river ferry sank during a tropical storm killing at least 48 people.

2005 | New bankruptcy law is signed by President George W Bush to make it harder for those to wipe clean their financial situations.

2008 | Benedict XVI visits Ground Zero greeting survivors, Police Officers, Firefighters and some relatives of the 2749 innocents who died there and praying with them.

2010 | The Deepwater Horizon, the semi-submersible offshore oil drilling rig explodes and the platform is engulfed by fire. It was located 40 miles SE of the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.  11 workers killed. 17 others.  A gusher allowed 200 milion gallons of crude oil directly into the ocean.

2011 | Japan enforces legally penalty for those entering the 12-mile evacuation zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant. 30 families were inside the zone prior to the ban.

2012 | Mexico’s Popocatepi Volcano began errupting ash and spewing rocks.  It is known as the 2nd highest peak in the Country.  The National Disaster Prevention Center raised an alert around the volcano.  It last errupted in 2000.

2013  | IRAQ holds its 1st Election since the US Troops last left the country in 2011.

2014 | Iranian President calls for Women’s Rights and explains the importance of them.

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