On December 26, 2011, the first call Dispatch received was at approximately 1731 hours. According to media reports, fire units arrived five minutes later to a haze from the two-story office building located off of Bel-Red Road across from the Coca-Cola plant in Bellevue, Washington.
Forty-three minutes into the incident, the it was elevated immediately to a second and then a third alarm bringing mutual aid units from Kirkland, Redmond and Seattle.
Firefighters were ordered to evacuate the building forty-five minutes later. Media reported the East side of the building then collapsed.
Over 15 businesses were displaced that once occupied the two-story Forum West Office Building.
This photo is one of many as our inspiration for creating this online publication and is our Fire Blog Logo. We know how dangerous fires like this can be and we were there watching it unfold frame by frame during our Fire Rehab days.
The intense heat from the fire could be felt across the street where I stood taking photos frame-by-frame.
Firefighters worked tirelessly through out the fire event. It was impressive to watch them work the fire from all angles.
Thank you to all of our Firefighters, Command Staff, Medics and Mutual Aid units who responded on that day. We admire the work you all do.
We were glad that we could be there to help hydrate fire crews and capture your amazing acitons in time. Keep up the great work and be safe friends.
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