Seattle Firefighters Tap Garage Fire

UPDATE 2 (final) | APRIL 10 2021 2315 PT

Seattle firefighters were dispatched to a parking garage structure fire on John Street and Boren Avenue on Saturday night.

Firefighters had a difficult time when they first arrived on-scene in gaining access to the stairwell as it appeared to be down an embankment. After they gained access on the Bravo side, they were able to quickly egress and tap the fire, about twenty minutes into the incident.

A 400-foot extended line was brought in by crews and used the single line to put water on the fire.

It was said to be contained to a 130 x 20 rooftop bulkhead.

Units dispatched were A25, Air10, B2, B6, Dep1, E10, E2, E22, E25, E5, E8, L1, L10, L4, M1, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, and STAF10.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

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Seattle Fire Responding to Garage Fire

APRIL 10, 2021 | 2245 PT

Seattle Firefighters are currently responding to a working fire in a multiple story parking garage on John Street and Bore Avenue.

Incident has been named “John Command”.

Engine 2 is on the hydrant and have water supply established.

Firefighters are currently laying a 400 foot extended attack line.

Heavy smoke is showing and a fire is burning in the stairwell. Crews having a difficult time accessing the stairwell.

B2 has assumed “John Command”.

This incident will be tweeting on our Twitter page @nwfireblog

This is a developing story. More updates will be summarized and posted here every 10 minutes.

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Seattle Firefighters Respond to MCI

APRIL 9, 2021 | FRIDAY

Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to a mass casualty incident in the downtown core in the 500 block of 3rd Avanue for an unknown incident.

Units A5 AIR10 B2 B5 DEP1 E10 E2 E21 E25 E6 L1 L4 M1 M17 M18 M44 MCI1 SAFT2 STAF10 E2 B2 L1 were dispatched through the Fire Alarm Center at 1905 hours PT.

Three patients were located by first responders with two of them being coded as green and one yellow patients.

All units quickly went into service around 1930 hours PT.

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Seattle Fire Fight Multiple Saturday Fires

SEATLE, WASHINGTON | APRIL 3, 2021

3200 block of SW Avalon Way (West Seattle)2-Alarm

Firefighters were dispatched to a Fire in Building call in the 3200 block of Southwest Avalon Way in West Seattle, Washington State on Saturday, April 3, 2021 around 1824 hours PT. The building is a mixed use business with retail space on floor one and apartments on floors two through six.

The original units dispatched to the fire were B7, E32, E3, L11 at 1824 hour PT.

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Credit: SFD

It was quickly upgraded to a full response with additional fire assets and equipment A14 AIR10 B5 DEP1 E11 E13 E37 L13 M32 M44 MAR5 R1 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10. (1st alarm)

At a later time, Command called for a 2nd alarm. The Fire Alarm Center or FAC dispatched E29, E5, Air240-260, B2, E10, E2, E26, E30, L1, L3 and the SFD PIO.

L9 and L10 were added to this incident prior to 2000 hours T.

Fire has been contained to the top floor but major water damage is evident on the top floors.

The cause and extent of damage is under investigation at this time.

It is unknown if there were any injuries to civilians or firefighters at the time of this post.

300 block of Bellevue Avenue East 1st Alarm/Full-Response

Firefighters were busy chasing another fire in building call at 0421 hours PT. This was in the Capitol Hill neighborhood prompting A25, B4, E16, E22,E31, E36, E8, L13, L6, L9, M17, MAR5, B6, SAFT2, Air240, Air240-260 to be dispatched.

This was an unoccupied building that was set for demolition.

The cause was listed as “undetermined” by Marshal 5 (SFD Fire Investigator). There was no determined amount of loss given that the building was set to be destroyed.

2000 block of 23rd Avenue South (South Seattle)2-Alarm

At 0303 hours, Firefighters were dispatched to the 2000 block of 23rd Avenue South in Seattle on Saturday. This was a mid-rise U-shaped building under construction in the Mount Baker neighborhood. The fire had appeared to begun on the first floor and spread to the upper floors.

First arriving units were greeted by heavy flames and smoke.

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Credit: SFD

Units dispatched were B5, E30, E6, L3 then determined it to be a working fire, initiating a full response.

The full response included A5, Air10, B2, Dep1, E10, E13, E6, L1, M1, M44, MAR5, R1, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10.

Additional resources deployed were Air 240-260, B4, E2, E25, E28, E34, L10, L4, PIO.

Seattle FD’s Marshal 5 determined this was an arson caused fire. The Seattle Police Department Arson unit is currently looking for any tips from the public. You may contact them at

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2005 PT

Fire in a Highrise Turns into False Alarm

March 26, 2021 | Friday | 1800 hours PDT

What would appear to be a big fire with Seattle firefighters responding to a full response which usually brings out a large response of personnel and assets, turned into a downgraded call with two engines, a ladder and a battalion Chief.

Fire units A14, A25, Air10, B2, B5, B6, Dep1, E10, E13, E2, E22, E25, E34, E5, L1, L10, L4, m31, M44, MAR5, R1, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, E6, M10 were dispatched on Friday evening at 1746 hours PT.

It was quickly discovered after first arriving units completed their investigation, that it was a false alarm with burnt food in a toaster oven.

All units were released from this incident (Code Green), except for Engines 6 and 25, Ladder 10 and Battalion 2.

The incident was located in the block of 900 on Seneca Street in Seattle. Part of the Seneca was blocked but has since been reopened.

Seattle PD and Marshal 5 were not needed at the scene.

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Brush Fire Prompts Seattle Response

Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire on Thursday, March 11, 2021 around 2103 hours PT.

Engine 8 was dispatched to the 2500 block of Mayfair Avenue North in Seattle, where the Fire Alarm Center (Dispatch) advised of a possible illegal burn in the Queen Avenue area in the City.

This is a developing story. Check back for more great updates or you can follow us on our Twitter page for live updates @nwfireblog .

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 3/11/2021 2104 PT

Firefighters Fight Fires Simultaneously

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON | January 24, 2021 0016 hours PT

42ND COMMAND

Firefighters were dispatched to the first “Fire in Building” call on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 2026 hours PT to the 700 block of NE 42nd Street in Seattle.

This is another vacant building inside the City, that appears to be in great disrepair. Firefighters had difficulty accessing different areas during interior fire operations. Dispatch stated there was a report of a dweller being on the main floor but after a primary and secondary search, there was nothing found in the entire building.

Credit | MSLS

According to Zillow records, this building has been on the market for 151 days with 429 views. It is currently in pre-foreclosure since 2020, and to be auctioned off. It is valued at an estimated value of over 1.8 Million Dollars.

Fire units and assets were dispatched at 2222 hours PT includes A5 AIR10 B2 B6 DEP1 E16 E17 E22 E31 E38 L10 L8 L9 M17 M44 MAR5 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10 E5 E21 E10.

The fire was knocked down at 2243 hours PT. The Discovery of a large hole on the main floor was reported by interior operations and Command broadcasted the message for all those on the fire ground to be cautious while operating.

Division 2 was established for those working on the second floor of the residence. The fire appeared to be extended to the roof’s eaves but firefighters were able to quickly put it out at 2327 hours PT.

At 2255 hours, crews were forced to dig out hotspots on the second floor in the ceiling.

Firefighters were still picking up hose lines at 0012 on Sunday morning.

As Seattle Fire crews were working this fire, another “Fire in Building” call came in at 2305 hours PT.

AURORA COMMAND

While some units were returning back in service, a few others were re-dispatched to this incident and original resources continued operating.

This second fire incident is located in the 13700 block of Aurora Avenue North.

Units dispatched to this second fire were A25, AIR 240-260, B4, B5, E18, E20, E25, E39, E9, L5, L6, M31, R1. E30, Safety 2, Deputy 1, Staff 10, A14, M44 and L10.

First-due units arrived at 2316 hours PT and reported visible flames from the rear of the 30 x 50 wood-frame structure. A hose line was immediately laid. With what Seattle Fire does best on their egress tactics, the fire crews successfully produced a tap fire at 2328 hours PT.

A primary and secondary search of the whole building produced no results.

According to Realtor.com, this is listed as a 0.3-acre lot with a single-family residence that was built in 1947. It is currently off the market and valued between $975,000 (Redfin) and $1 Million-plus (Zillow). The business this is showing occupying this property is the All Season Window Tint (Facebook, Web), a well-loved and iconic Seattle business.

The cause of both fires are unknown and are being investigated by the Seattle FIU team of Investigators.

Both fires about 6.1 miles by car from each other and taking approximately less than 10 minutes of reaching each destination of one another.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians reported.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Seattle Iconic Theatre Sees Final Show

The Seattle Fire Alarm Center also known as the FAC began receiving multiple calls from reporting parties of a structure fire prompting Firefighters and equipment to be dispatched. Resources were dispatched on Thursday, December 24th at 1146 PT to the 900 block of NE 50th Street in Seattle’s University District.

This is the location of the Seven Gables Theatre, a formerly iconic and very well-loved venue that has been boarded up and closed for several years.

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Credit: Seattle FD

SFD’s Engine 31 was the first due on-scene reporting a well-involved fire with flames visible and heavy smoke from the 2nd floor of a commercial structure. Building was deemed to be vacant and no reports of people inside.

More resources arrived on-scene soon after but were forced to go into defensive fire attack operations, where they used various master streams from ladder trucks placed in strategic positions and pouring water over the fire building.

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Credit: Seattle FD

By 1300 hours PT and firefighters still working put out the stubborn fire, Command requested via the FAC to escalate the incident to a 3rd alarm. This would bring out additional resources totalling more than 130 firefighters, 14 fire engines, six ladder trucks and additional support units.

After pouring an extensive amount of water on the fire, twenty minutes later the roof began to collapse prompting resources to be repositioned outside of the collapse zone in a safety zone. At 1402 hours PT, Command asked for a PAR or personnel accountability report to verify all firefighters were accounted for, which they were.

The fire was brought under control at 1410 hours PT with some units were released from the incident and returning back in service. An engine and ladder truck were left in place overnight for fire watch which includes any rekindling.

In the end, no injuries to firefighters or citizens were reported.

No exposure buildings were also said to have no damage or destroyed by this fire.

Dispatched Units were all from the Seattle Fire Department: E31, B6, E38, L9, A25, Air240 and 260, B2, Deputy1, E21, E40, E9, L10, L8, M1, M44, Mar5, Rehab1, Safety2, Staff10, E16, M31, B4, E17, E22, E9, B2, E10, E18, E2, E25, L4, L5, PIO, E13, L3, E8, SQ10, E82 and M17.

There is no cause at this time.

About the Fire Building

The Seven Gables Theatre was built in 1925 that was said to be originally an American Foreign Legion dance hall but would later be converted in 1976 by 7Gables Founder R. Finley into a theatre named The Seven Gables Theatre. At the time, it was said to be built with half-timber to resemble a Swiss chalet featuring a gabled roof and a brown-shingled facade. The main venue was said to have a romantic medieval fresco on the single-screen as it represented a castle and damsel.

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Credit: King County Tax Assessor

The theatre was a very loved iconic local attraction with a one-of-a-kind vintage experience for film enthusiasts and known for showing a great variety of foreign and independent films.

Today, the 9,487 square-foot building is owned by 2929 Productions LLC, based out of Los Angeles, California and recently assessed by the King County Tax Assessor with an assessed value of $2.7 Million up in value from $2.3 Million in 2019.

The building closed in 2017 for refurbishment but has remained vacant for the last several years.

It is located in the heart of the University District on the corner of NE 50th Street and Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle.

This is a developing story. More updates will be provided as information is received.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/25/2020 1230 PT | Originally published 12/24/2020 1525 PT

Dramatic Seattle Icon Up In Smoke

Firefighters and equipment were dispatched on Thursday, December 24th around 1146 hours PT to a fire in a building call. The fire was located in the 900 block of NE 50th Street in the University District area in Seattle, Washington.

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Credit: Seattle FD

Units first arriving on-scene reported a fire near a commercial building at 1154 hours PT. Within three minutes of the report, crews confirmed smoke and flames were visible on the 2nd floor of the vacant commercial building, the former Seven Gables Theatre.

Due to hazardous fire conditions and deemed too dangerous for interior operations, Command called for defensive tactics by dumping large amounts of water resources over the fire building. Several other exposure buildings were being also being protected by personnel.

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Credit: Seattle FD

Still fighting the fire, at 1247 hours PT, Command escalated the need for additional resources through the City’s Fire Alarm Center or FAC as they are called to bring it up to a 3rd Alarm incident. This prompts the FAC to dispatch a larger amount of personnel, equipment and the Department’s Public Information Officer (PIO) to the scene.

About 110 minutes into the incident at 1358, firefighters were beginning to get a good knockdown on the fire and were hoping to have it brought under control within 15 minutes thereafter. They were dealing with a lot of hot spots.

At 1402 hours PT, Command asked for a PAR or personnel accountability report to verify all firefighters were accounted for, which they were.

Seattle Fire PIO states the fire was brought under control at 1410 hours PT with no injuries being reported.

Dispatched Units were all from the Seattle Fire Department: E31, B6, E38, L9, A25, Air240 and 260, B2, Deputy1, E21, E40, E9, L10, L8, M1, M44, Mar5, Rehab1, Safety2, Staff10, E16, M31, B4, E17, E22, E9, B2, E10, E18, E2, E25, L4, L5, PIO, E13, L3, E8, SQ10, E82 and M17.

Seattle DOT closed the eastbound and westbound lanes between 8th Avenue NE and Brooklyn Avenue NE, as well as southbound on Roosevelt being blocked at NE 55th Street and 7th Avenue Avenue.

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Credit: Seattle DOT

About the Fire Building

The Seven Gables Theatre was built in 1925 that was said to be originally an American Foreign Legion dance hall but would later be converted in 1976 by 7Gables Founder R. Finley into a theatre named The Seven Gables Theatre. At the time, it was said to be built with half-timber to resemble a Swiss chalet featuring a gabled roof and a brown-shingled facade. The main venue was said to have a romantic medieval fresco on the single-screen as it represented a castle and damsel.

Current Picture
Credit: King County Tax Assessor

The theatre was a very loved iconic local attraction with a one-of-a-kind vintage experience for film enthusiasts and known for showing a great variety of foreign and independent films.

Today, the 9,487 square-foot building is owned by 2929 Productions LLC, based out of Los Angeles, California and recently assessed by the King County Tax Assessor with an assessed value of $2.7 Million up in value from $2.3 Million in 2019.

The building closed in 2017 for refurbishment but has remained vacant for the last several years.

It is located in the heart of the University District on the corner of NE 50th Street and Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle.

This is a developing story. More updates will be provided as information is received.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/24/2020 1525 PT

Seattle Fire Sees Increased Arson Fires

Seattle Fire released a statement on their website with a news release of how the Central District area has been impacted by a rash of arson fires since December 4, 2020.

Seattle Fire officials are currently working with the Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Squad.

The arson fires occurred at these locations:

150 Block of 12th Avenue | December 4, 6. Car Fires

900 Block of Hiawatha Place South | December 6. Motorcycle Fire

1100 Block of 21st Avenue South | December 8. 2 Debris Fires next to a building under contstruction

1400 Block of South Jackson Street | December 8. Storage Shed Fire

16th Avenue South and South Main Street | December 8. Motorcycle Cover Fire

19th Avenue South and South Jackson Street | December 8. Debris fire

If you see something, say something and call 9-1-1 to report it.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 12/13/2020 – 0200 PT