House Goes Up in Flames in Pacific, Washington State

Pacific | Just after 1300 hours PT on Saturday, July 18, 2020, Firefighters from VRFA, Valley Fire Department, South King Fire and Rescue and Puget Sound Fire were dispatched to a house fire.

The incident took place in the 100 block of 4th Avenue S.W. in King County, Washington State.

FIRE OPERATIONS

First due units reported  heavy fire showing from the Bravo, Charlie and Delta sides. Water supply was immediately established, while a 360* was in effect and completed showing no basement was found to be present. Offensive then Defensive and back to Offensive fire attack took place.  1st alarm.  (1333 PT)

Due to a large amount of debris, firefighters could only search the front half of the house.  Good knock down on the fire was achieved within 20 minutes on the incident clock.(1340 PT)

Firefighters could not access the structure from the Charlie side, so they had to enter through the Alpha side. Heavy smoke would pour out from the Bravo gable side where firefighters reported a hot spot above the kitchen.  (1346 PT)

Photo Credit | King County M1 (stock photo)

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Fire crews were sent up to the roof to vent the roof and try to reach the seat of the fire. (1350 PT)

Light smoke was reported at (1402 PT) from the attic. No visible fire was seen.  Firefighters were continuing to mop up on the Alpha side.

Fire was tapped at 1349 hours PT.

A preliminary cause of the fire is unknown at the time of this fire.  A Fire Investigation was requested and was in the process of responding to the scene.

SEARCH AND RESCUE

A primary and secondary search of the structure were completed. Nothing was found. (1345 PT)

MEDICAL GROUP

The Medical group was established with MSO, Medic 6 and REHAB units 303 and 302 as assigned units within this Division. (1340 PT)

RESOURCES

Resources included firefighters from VRFA_members, Valley Fire Department, South King Fire & Rescue and Puget Sound Fire.  Zone 3’s REHAB 302 and 303 also responded to the incident.

ABOUT PACIFIC, WASHINGTON

Pacific is a City in Washington State that is located in both southern King and  northern Pierce Counties. It is often confused with the City of Auburn.  The city is approximately 2.44 square miles with 2.42 of it as land and 0.02 is water inside its borders.

In 2018, it was estimated their total population was listed at 7,219 residents.

The City was built in the mid-1800’s with hops becoming a major crop but soon being lost due to a disastrous epidemic of hop lice, followed by the depression of the 1890’s and the American Panic of 1803. Farmers would turn to dairies, berries, vegetables and bulbs.

The Railroad entered the picture in 1902.

A major disaster in 1906, a major flood in Puyallup and Sumner would soon become a news headliner among other things.

Pacific City was originally platted and advertised as “an addition to Seattle”. The name was picked by its founder, a California land developer for its meaning of being “peaceful”.

The City contracts their 9-1-1, Police and Fire Services through the Valley Regional Fire Authority, which provides contract services to nearby neighbor Algona and Auburn, Washington.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Updated 7/18/2020 1530 PT

 

 

South End Firefighters Respond to Des Moines Fire

King County, Washington State |  Southend firefighters were dispatched to a commercial structure on Friday, July 17, 2020, around 1930 hours PT, located in the 23600 block of Pacific Highway Avenue South in Des Moines.

Fire personnel and assets representted the Puget Sound Fire, South King Fire, IAFF 2024 adn 2595.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly knocking it down and working to contain multiple hot spots.  At one time during the incident, the IC reported seeing pressurized smoke pouring out of the Charlie side of the building.

Firefighters were able to tap the fire approximately 30 minutes into the incident.  A fire investigator was requested. PSE arrived and secured/shut off the gas.

Personnel accountability report or commonly called PAR was taken by Command for all members involved in firefighting activities.

Primary and secondary searches of the building were conducted.  Nothing was found.

Firefighters are still on-scene and firefighting activites are on-going.

We will provide another update and photos of the incident when information has been received.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/17/2020 2013 PT

 

4-Alarm Fire Burns Under Construction Buildings, Fire Apparatus

Everett, Washington State  | Firefighters were dispatched around 1750 hours to a large residential structure under construction in the 1700 block of West Marine Drive in  Snohomish County, where first due crews reported a well-estabished fire was observed.

This took place on Thursday evening, July 16, 2020.

The Fire Department then changed it to the 1300 block of West Marine Drive.

This is listed to the Waterfront Place Apartments, which are under construction.  Fire units went into an immediate defensive strategy.

A PIO was immediately dispatched to respond to the fire ground.

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Photo Credit | Everett FD

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Per Apartments.com, these apartments were scheduled to come online in 2021 with 266 units and a total of four-stories.  These buildings 1300 and 1400 blocks of Marine View Drive in Everett, WA 98201.  These were scheduled to be studio to three bedroom units. They are located in the norwestern portion of the City.

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The structure fire was so intense that it was now wind-driven and spotting.  The wind had picked up some hot burning embers blowing them across West Marine Drive to the east towards Grand Avenue Bluff.

This caused a brush fire and caused minor damage to a home down the street.  Firefighters were able to save the home.

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Additionally, the fire was escalated to a 4-alarm over time throughout the incident prompting the deployment of all available Snohomish County units as mutual aid to respond.

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Fire officials say it is too early to determine the cause but it is under investigation.

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After the fire was brought under control, it was assessed as two 4-story units under construction burned and one burned to the ground. It’s intensity scorched and blew out the windows of a ladder truck and damaged a nearby parked aid unit.

One firefighter suffered minor burns as he was trying to move the aid unit to a more safer distance away. Both of the rigs have burns and melted components.

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A total of 73 fire personnel along with 53 pieces of apparatus were assigned to this incident along with mutual aid from all over Snohomish, North and South King Counties.

Personnel represented the Everett FD, City of Everett, Renton RFA, Renton Firefighters, Tukwila Fire Department, Puget Sound Fire and King County Medic One (Paramedics).

Several Task Forces such as Bothell Fire, Woodinville Fire and Shoreline Fire helped staff Everett Fire Stations.

A Zone 3 Urban Task Force from the  Seattle Fire Department arrived within the City limits as mutual aid and responding to 9-1-1 calls for service.

Most of the units have returned back into service (2145PT).  Some units will remain on-scene for fire watch and addressing leftover spot fires.

Fire Images of the 4-Alarm Everett structure fire this evening:

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Photo Credits | Everett FD

Through The Eyes of Social Media

“Large fire on Everett’s waterfront. Burning debris found as far as 18th and Colby. Ash covering roads, yards and home.” 

“Power out all over North Everett.”

“Some of those who keep their boats at the Everett Marina were close enough to the fire to having to spray down their boat to keep it cool.  The Marina is up river from this fire scene.”

Fire could be seen fro Howarth Park.”

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2300 PT – 7/16/2020

DC Firefighters Respond to Vacant School Building

Firefighters from DC Fire and EMS were dispatched to a vacant school located at 31st and Ereie Streets SE for a reported fire in the air handler of the 2nd floor of the structure.  Smoke was showing from the roof.

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About 20 pieces of equipment along with 80 fire personnel are assigned to this incident.

Immediately, the fire was escalated to a 2nd alarm fire.

Bleachers were on fire but the it was quickly knocked down.  Currently, the fire has been classified under control.

Firefighters ventilated the heavy smoky conditions that  permeated throughout the large building.

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Primary and secondary search were conducted, but no one was located.

No Injuries to firefighters or civilians was reported.

The cause of this 2nd alarm fire is currently unknown and under investigation.

Photo Credits | DC Fire & EMS

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/22/2020 1620 PST

Update 2 | February 7, 2020 | Washington State

Thank you for following our Blog posts about adverse weather conditions in Washington State. All information is gleaned from verified sources from government, fire departments, law enforcement, emergency management and other public information.

We will try to list the source where the information is bein received from in a Sit Rep format gleaned from all Social Media channels being broadcasted from.

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Weather Fact |Our soggy weather has been sent with a red bow on top all the way from the tropical (U.S.) State of Hawaii.  – Source:  NWS Seattle

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KING COUNTY

AUBURN

Road Closures

SE Lake Holm Road between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST

BLACK DIAMOND

Road Closures

Enumclaw Franklin Rd SE between Franklin Ridge gravel pit and SE Green River Gorge Road | Damaged roadway | 2/7/2020 1205 PST

Turn around

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 20827 SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd. Open 24/7.  Empty sandbags and sand provided by County. Self-service. Max 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

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Water Facts | 6″ of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars – Weather Alert

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CARNATION

Road Closures

310th Ave NE between NE Carnation Farms Rd and SR 203 (including NE 60th St) | Water over roadway | 2-7 1355 PST

NE 100th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 1024 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 x NE Tolt Hill Rd | Water over roadway | 2-1745 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Carnation Public Works | 33100 NE 45th St.  | Hours:  Weekdays from 0800 – 1630 PST.  Empty bags and sand provided.

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Water Fact | A foot of water will float most vehicles. – Weather Alert

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BELLEVUE

Road Closures

EB lanes on Coal Creek Pkwy from 124th Ave SE to Factoria Blvd | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST | Source & Photo Credit:  City of Bellevue Transportation

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SE Newport Way from SE 42nd Pl to 133rd Ave SE | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

Intersection of 134th Ave SE x SE 42nd St | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

SB Coal Creek Parkway. Both lanes. | Downed tree and power lines over roadway | 2-7 2037 PST

Open Roadways

SE 7th Place, east of Lake Hills Connector | OPEN | was closed 2-5 due to flooding | 2-7 0630 PST

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Photo Credit: City of Bellevue Transportation Department (E of the Lake Hills Connector on 2/5/2020)

DUVALL

Flooding Images

The rising of the river is being captured by many photographers as records are being broken all over the State.  Here is a video clip showing extreme flooding. | Video Credit:  City of Duvall

SR 410 X MP 38

(BETWEEN ENUMCLAW & GREENWATER)

Road Closures

A major landslide shutdown this busy thoroughfare. | Photo Credit: WSP Sgt. Zimmerman & Courtesy of  WSP Trooper / PIO Rick Johnson

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FALL CITY

Road Closures

SE David Powell  Rd x Preston Fall City Rd SE  | Landslide | 2-7 0015 PST

316th Av SE x SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE | Water over the roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

SE 308th St  between SR 202 x SE 31st St | Water over roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

Neal Road SE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 33719 SE 44th Place | Open 24/7.  Empty bags and sand provided by County. Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

Water Fact | 2 Feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and Trucks. – Weather Alert

MAPLE VALLEY

Road Closures

Dorre Don Way SE x 230th Ave SE | Water over raodway | 2-7 1315 PST

Maxwell Rd SE between SE Lake Francis and 220th Ave SE | Erosion of roadway | 2-7 1117 PST

Lower Dorre Don Way SE between Upper Dorre Don Way SE to Dorre Don Way SE (the loop) | 2-7 0620 PST

NORTH BEND

Road Closures

Cedar Falls Rd SE x SE 177th St | Water over roadway | 2-7-2020 1050 PST

428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd | 2/6/2020 1215 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of North Bend City Hall | 920 SE Cedar Falls Way.  | Hours: Monday-Thursday 0830 – 1600 PST, Friday 0830 – 1200 PST.  | Empty sandbags and sand provided by City.  Self-service.  Shovels available. Check in City Hall before bagging.  Bags available after hours when the EOC is open due to flooding.

PACIFIC

Road Closures

W Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd x 3rd Ave SW | Water over roadway | 2-6 1600 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Pacific | 130 3rd Ave SE. (Across from Police Station) | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand available.  Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

PALMER

Road  Closures

SE 309th St between 335 Ave SE to W to end of road | Landslide | 2-7 1852 PST

REDMOND

Road Closures

NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0930 PST

204th Pl NE between NE 67th St x SR 202 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0845 PST

Park / Trail Closures

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Photo Credit | City of Redmond

Sammamish River Trail at Leary Way | Standing water

Farrel-McWhirter Park | some interior trails closed

Redmond West Wetlands

Bear Creek Trail between Redmond Way and Avondale way

Evan’s Creek Trail from Perrigo Park South to the raised boardwalk area | Water over boardwalk

Bear Creek Bridge on the Puget Sound Energy Trail

Water Safety

The rain is continuing to fall and we want to remind you to avoid driving, walking or riding through standing water. | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Redmond Image

Turnaround, Don’t Drown

The Redmond Police Department would like to remind drivers to never drive around any road closure signs present on flooded roadways.  | Photo Credit:  RPD. Photo taken on February 5th of NE 95th St, east of Willows Road.

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Landslide Awareness

Fact Sheet: Recognize Landslide Warning Signs

Release date:
October 17, 2017
Release Number:
R2 DR 4339-PR FS 009
  • Changes in your landscape such as patterns of storm-water drainage on slopes (especially the places where runoff water converges) land movement, small slides, flows, or progressively leaning trees.
  • Doors or windows stick or jam for the first time.
  • New cracks appear in plaster, tile, brick, or foundations.
  • Outside walls, walks, or stairs begin pulling away from the building.
  • Slowly developing, widening cracks appear on the ground or on paved areas such as streets or driveways.
  • Underground utility lines break.
  • Bulging ground appears at the base of a slope.
  • Water breaks through the ground surface in new locations.
  • Fences, retaining walls, utility poles, or trees tilt or move.
  • A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume is noticeable as the landslide nears.
  • Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, might indicate moving debris.
  • Collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flow can be seen when driving (embankments along roadsides are particularly susceptible to landslides).

After the Landslide

  • Go to a designated public shelter if you have been told to evacuate or you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home.
  • Stay away from the slide area. There may be danger of additional slides.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information.
  • Watch for flooding, which may occur after a landslide or debris flow.
  • Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide, without entering the direct slide area. Direct rescuers to their locations.
  • Check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage. Damage to foundations, chimneys, or surrounding land may help you assess the safety of the area.

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/17/4339/fact-sheet-recognize-landslide-warning-signs   | Source & Photo Credit:  FEMA via City of Redmond / Photo Courtesy

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RENTON

Road Closures

SE Jones Rd between #18631 x SR 169 | Landslide | 2-6 2024 PST

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Landslides in Fire / Disaster Images

(L) This photo was taken on February 5, 2020, of a landslide on the WB side of Maple Valley Hwy and across 1.5 lanes.  It would take fire crews and mutual approximately 3-4 hours to remove it.  Mud and debris impacted drivers on the highway and forcing officials to close it protecting the motoring public.  | Photo Credit:  Renton Fire / RFA PIO

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 155 Monroe Ave NE | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand provided. Self-service. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

SEATLLE

Sandbag Distribution Centers

Delridge Community Center | 4501 Delridge Way SW, 98106. | Filled sandbags. Self-service. 25 max per household or business.

Helene Madison Pool | 13401 Meridian N, 98133 | Same messaging.

South Park Neighborhood | 731 S Sullivan, 98108 | Same messaging.

Meadowbrook Community Center | 10517 35th Ave NE, 98125 | Same messaging.

SKYKOMISH

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 74212 Old Cascade Hwy | Open 24/7 | Self-servce. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

SNOQUALMIE

Road Closures

SE Reinig Rd from the City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Dr SE | 2-6 1115 PST

W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE at NE 124 | 2-7 2110 PST

Traffic camera: West Snoqualmie Valley Road NE at NE 124th St

Photo Credit | KC DOT

Restricted Roadways

356th Dr SE, N of #4030 | 1 lane closed due to road failure. 1 lane open and alternating traffic. Expet long delays. | 2-6 2142 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Snoqualmie. | 38190 SE Mill Pond Rd. | Weekdays from 0700 – 1500 PST  | Must call Public Works at 425-831-4919 for an apoointment to pick-up sand and bags. During flooding, call the EOC at 425-888-5911 for sandbags.

SNOQUALMIE PASS

Road Closures

Weather Forecast – Snow

Reports of up to 14″ of new snow on the Pass from 2300 hours on Thursday and Friday were reported by law enforcement. Chain enforcement was scheduled at 1600 hours to midnight on eastbound on I-90 over the pass.  | Source:  WSP PIO / Trooper Rick Johnson

SNOQUALMIE FALLS

Flooding Impacts

The Falls are yet again overflowing at a high rate of speed and splash.  This image shows the magnitude of flooding we are experiencing and showing us its dangers of the rate of speed and splash.   | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Snoqualmie

CASCADES

Weather Forecast – Snow

This also includes Snoqualmie Pass.  Snow levels are expected to drop by early Saturday morning. 12-18″ expected are possible. | Source & Photo Credit:  NWS Seattle

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PIERCE COUNTY

PUYALLUP

Road Closures

PUYALLUP RIVER | Roads, Surface Water and Emergency Management crews and personnel were busy with damage assessments from flooding in various areas.  This was conducted across the whole County.  Currently, there are on-going repairs in progress on the the Puyallup River Levy above Orting within two hours after the discovery of the damage.

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One of Pierce County’s Executives, Bruce Dammeier was out with crews for the full day observing damage assessments and excellent / tireless efforts by crews to fix roadways and other major maintenance. | Photo Credit:  Pierce Co. Government. Source:  PC Exec Bruce Dammeier.

EAST PIERCE COUNTY

Damage Assessments

SR 162  | Images show extensive impacts on SR 162.  Photo taken on Thursday, February 6, 2020.  | Source / Photo Credit:  East Pierce Firefighters, IAFF Local 3520

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RESOURCES

Road Service Helpline

KING COUNTY | 206-477-8100, 800-527-627 | King County Road Services Helpline – 24/7 .  Website:  https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/roads/24×7-helpline.aspx  Sign-up for road alerts at https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/roads/road-alert.aspx

Life-Threatening Medical / Fire Hazard or Criminal Act in Progress/Occurred

9-1-1 | Emergencies only  for FIRE, EMS, POLICE.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Water Safety

As the rain continues, follow safe guidelines: do NOT walk or drive across flooded roads; gather emergency supplies and follow local updates; use flashlights instead of candles if you lose power. | Source:  King County Public Health

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THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA – EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

Issaquah Creek

Cars are submerged in flood waters in Issaquah as Issaquah Creek continues to rise up quickly. Current was reported as being very strong. ” | News Media on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 2 – 2/7/2020 2315 PST

 

 

 

Training Opportunity | Future Women in EMS / Fire

Renton, Washington

The Renton Regional Fire Authority (Renton RFA) is offering a workshop to women whom may be interested in the EMS and Fire Service.

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Space is limited, so RSVP today !

NW Fire Blog – Posted 1/10/2020

Car Crashes Into House in North Strabane Township, PA

Incident Summary

Scanner feed began broadcasting about a vehicle into a home call  located in the 500 block of Taylor Drive in the North Strabane Township area in Pennsylvania.

This occurred early morning on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

Current Status

Because of the home was hit by the vehicle, it was said to have suffered extreme structural damage.

The occupant(s) was/were being extricated at the time of this post.

The IC requested additional units to bring equipment to help stablize the home due to the extensive damage it suffered.

One female occupant was displaced by this incident and RED CROSS was called for assistance.

Resources

Fire personnel responded from Washington City Fire and EMS Services (Zone 1).

#NorthStrabane

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 12/28/2019 – 2350 PST

UPDATE | Synagogue Stabbing Suspect Arrested

MONSEY (ROCKLAND COUNTY), NEW YORK

Incident Summary

A man with unknown reasons stepped inside a Monsey Rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration and began stabbing people with a machete, injuring five.  Five were transported to a nearby hospital with two in critical condition.

The attacker was hit by a table by inside members, prompting him to leave but try to enter the next door synagogue.  Worshippers inside were able to successfully block the door and saving lives of many inside.

The man fled the scene and left in a vehicle.

Resources

Resources include Ramapo EMS Dispatch,  Hatzolah EMS, NYPD and The Ramapo Police Department.

Current Status

The suspect has been arrested by NYPD Officers from the 32nd precinct.

The investigation and crime scene are still active at this time.

#MonseyStabbing

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/28/2019 – 2330 PST / 12/29/2019 0230 EST

Multiple People Reportedly Stabbed at NY Synagogue

MONSEY (ROCKLAND COUNTY), NEW YORK

Incident Summary

Four people have been reportedly stabbed inside a synagogue in the 40 block of  Forshay Road in Monsey, New York. According to various reportings, it is said that they have been transported. One has been reported is in serious condition, the other three are unknown at this time.

This is an on-going incident.

Resources

Resources include Ramapo EMS Dispatch,  Hatzolah EMS, Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department.

Current Status

Reports of Police checking the perimeter for additional patients is still active.

Local  (Rockland Scanner) scanner feed is reporting that Police are looking for the suspect vehicle, a silver Nissan Sentra with New York plates HPT-5757.

All EMS ambulances that were at the Forshay incident are to return back to headquarters and take no calls, per Incident Command.

How You Can Help

If you see this vehicle or know details about this crime, call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not approach this vehicle, persons associated with this car or engage this person.

#MonseyMCI  #MonseyStabbing

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/28/2019 – 1255 PST / 2255 EST

Shooting in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota

SPRING LAKE PARK, Minnesota | The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office has released a message over Twitter of their Office along with Spring Lake Park PD and multiple other agencies on-scene of a shooting. Alongside are medical personnel as well.

Scanner Feed is reporting the shooting in the vicinity of the dala Restaurant in Spring Lake Park, where Police indicate there were multiple people injured.

Observers in the area are reporting on Social Media, a very large presence in the Restaurant parking lot.

Police indicate a presser will be released in the next hour.

The scene is very active and Officers are investigating the shooting.

Limited information is available about this incident.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 2350 hours PST