Seattle Has 2nd Alarm Fire

Firefighters were dispatched on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 1620 hours PT to a vacant building located in the 400 block of 7th Avenue South in Seattle, Washington.

At 1633 hours, 7th Avenue Command upgraded the call to a 2nd Alarm fire incident sending out additional resources and equipment.

First and second alarm Seattle Fire units include: E10, B6, E5, L1, A10, Air10, B2, Deputy1, E2, E25, E6, L10, L6, M10, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, Safety2, Staff10, L3, Air240-260, B6, E13, E22, E30, E34, L6, L9. PIO and L4.

2nd Alarm units were quickly code green at 1638 hours PT.

A small fire was said to be burning at the time of the stairwell on floor three but would be knocked down relatively fast. Command called it a tap fire at 1642 hours.

MAR5, Seattle Fire’s Investigator was on-scene to determine what the cause of the fire is and its origin. At this time, there is no preliminary cause to report.

Just like when they train and drill, SFD’s crews focus on suppression and containment applying quick egress efforts. Actions of firefighters quickly stopped the spread to other connected exposures and limiting damage to the structure overall.

There were no reports of injuries to firefighters or civilians.

ABOUT THIS FIRE BUILDING

This building is located in the 400 block of 7th Avenue South in the heart of the Sodo (industrial) area of Seattle. This structure is listed as a brick building that was built in year of 1920.

According to 2020 assessed King County tax records, this is the home to the Republic Hotel, a rooming house on the top three floors of the building, a retail store on the street level and an unfinished basement.

However, when firefighters arrived – they stated this is a vacant building.

Here is a current photo of the vastly 7,680 square multi-level building that was touched by fire this afternoon. It is said to be valued at $2.3 Million according to a 2020 assessment.

Photo Credit | King County government

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Nice work, Firefighters and saving another Seattle iconic structure.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 10/24/2020 1720 PT

4 SEATTLE BUILDINGS TORCHED | 2

Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to an early morning to a 3-alarm blaze that caused heavy fire damage to four buildings under construction in the 1000 block of Sturgus Avenue South on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Dispatch sent resources at 0542 hours PT.

The Battalion Chief responding to the scene could see a black thermal cloud in the Beacon Hill area and immediately called for a 2nd alarm. At the height of the incident, it had reached a total of 3-alarms, emptying out half of the City’s stations.  Other units from outside the area responded to CODE RED move-ups to back fill areas to continue with uninterrupted calls for service.

Two eastbound lanes in the interchange on I-90 and I-5 were ultimately shutdown by WSDOT and WSP on I-90 as large burning embers spotted from the top of the Beacon Hill side and raining on drivers down below.  One eyewitness said it was like driving in the middle of the forest on fire.

Traffic was held for about twenty minutes, then reopened again by the WSDOT Incident Response Team and Washington State Troopers.

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Photo Credit | Seattle FDIn all a total of four buildings were heavily damaged.  The cause is unknown and under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s office.

There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported.

Resources dispatched to this structure fire were A10 AIR10 B2 B5 DEP1 E10 E25 E30 E5 E6 L1 L10 L3 M1 M44 MAR5 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10 AIR240-260 B6 E2 E28 E34 E36 L4 PIO R1 E16 E22 E9 E26 E13 L13

Fire originally was dispatched at 0542 PT.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/20/2020 2230 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

Lake City Apartment Catches Fire, Prompts Fire Response

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Firefighters were dispatched to a fire in building call on Sunday early evening around 1846 hours PT.

The  incident occurred at a privately managed apartment building in the 3000 block of NE 140th Street in Lake City, about eight miles north of downtown Seattle.

Units dispatched were: A31, AIR10, B2, B6, DEP1, E16, E17, E24, E39, E40, L10, L5, L9, M17, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2 and STAFF10.

First due Engine 39 reported light smoke from a two-story 100×100 wood frame apartment building.  They assumed command and E40 established a water supply.

All occupants self-extricated themselves from the apartment unit.

No injuries to firefighters or citizens were reported.

The fire was quickly under control and later tapped.

Some units returned back to service, while Seattle Fire’s Marshal 5 remained on-scene  investigating the cause.  No preliminary causes have been released at the time of this post.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/26/2020 @ 1940 PT

Seattle Firefighters Dispatched to Heavy Rescue Call

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Seattle Firefighters and assets were dispatched through the Fire Alarm Center on Saturday at 2018 hours PT to a heavy rescue – major call with five vehicles involved.

A report of a vehicle with one of them possibly cut in half was dispatched out over the air.

When first due resources arrived, it was immediately known to be a single vehicle with  a deceased occupant inside.  A second person was safely extricated and both were transported to the hospital.

The incident occurred in the location of 3400 block of Airport Way South.

It was quickly downgraded to a heavy rescue only.

Units dispatched were: A10, A14, Air10, B2, B5, Deputy1, Engines 13, 27, 36, 5, 6; Ladders 1, 3; Medic10,; Rescue 1, Safety 2 and Staff 10.  Additional units were also tied to this incident:  M44, Aid 5 and Engine 10.

No word on what caused the vehicle to crash or what it crashed into was released by Officials at the time this post was published.

Seattle Police will be investigating.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/25/2020 2040 PT

Seattle Firefighters Battle Weeks of Large Fire Incidents

March and April has been a very long and busy month already for Seattle Firefighters and it does not appear to be slowing down any time soon.

I don’t know about you but there seems to be a pattern of fires breaking out spontaneously, or perhaps not but we won’t say.  However, there appears to be more and more fires breaking out in abandoned structures in the same general area, but don’t take it from us.  Social Media posters are also noticing the same fire trends.

Here are some fires that have lit up Seattle today and in the past weeks.

APRIL 4, 2020 | SATURDAY

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Photo Credit | Seattle FD

On Saturday (today) morning, a full  response  was sent into action via  the Seattle Fire Alarm Center at 0518 hours,  sending a large number of Seattle firefighters  and assets to an abandoned building located in the 800 block of North 50th Street off of Aurora Avenue North.

Responding units were: E9, B6, E31, L9, A25, AIR10, B4, DEP1, E17, E18, E21, L6, L8, M17, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, E16, E20, E22, L1, L8.

Firefighters fought it from the exterior side, an obvious defensive fire .  Using hose lines and Ladder pipe operations, water was sent through the partially collapsed roof over the fire building.  It was deemed  too dangerous for them to enter the interior of the structure during fire suppression activities.

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The Seattle Department of Transportation shutdown the right southbound lane due to the fire and blocking Fire equipment.

Fire Investigators have not released the cause of the fire and say it is still under investigation.

There have been a host of other fires in the City today, which include the following by each time fire personnel and assets are dispatched via the Seattle Fire Alarm Center.

0723: 6100 block x 28th Avenue Northwest. Garbage Fire. Handled by a single engine response (E8).

1139 hours: 800 block of  Maynard Avenue South. Illegal burn call. Handled by Engine 10.

1201 hours:  1600 block of South Lane Street.  Illegal burn. Single engine response. Handled by Engine 6.

1223 hours:  Southbound I5 to Corson. Brush fire. Dispatched were Engines 2, 13, 36 and Battalion 5.

1323 hours:  1700 block of Harvard West.  Illegal Burn. Engine 25 dispatched.

1426 hours: 200 Wall Street. Illegal Burn. Engine 25 was dispatched to this call and resolved the situation.

1843 hours:  East Madison Street and 31st Avenue East. Garbage Fire. Engine 34 dispatched.

1904 hours:  Ballard Ave NW / NW Market Street. Engine 18 dispatched.

2122 hours:  4300 block on 29th Avenue South. Dryer Fire. (Fire in Building).  Units dispatched: A14, Air10, B2, B5, Dep1, E13, E27, E28, E30, E6, L12, L3, M28, M44, MAR5, R1, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10.

MARCH 30, 2020 | MONDAY

1934 hours:  2221 42nd Avenue SW (West Seattle). Fire in Building.

0934 hours:  Rainier Avenue South x 23rd Avenue South. E30 dispatched.

MARCH 29, 2020 | SUNDAY

1547 hours: Dumpster Fire. 60 Diagonal Avenue south. Engine 36 is dispatched.

MARCH 28, 2020 | SATURDAY

1605 hours:  Garbage Fire. Stewart Street x Westlake Avenue. Engine 5 dispatched.

1335 hours:  Garbage Fire.  4th Avenue South x South Massachusetts Street. Engine 16 dispatched.

Heavy flames and smoke destroyed an abandoned building on the corner of Roy and Aurora Avenue North in the 600 block of Roy Street.  Both directions of Highway 99 and Mercer Street was closed.

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Roy Street Fire.  Photo Credit: Seattle FD

MARCH 27, 2020 | FRIDAY

 An extremely hot and fast-moving fire put the lives of many in danger, as firefighters raced to try to access the fire from the shore and had no choice but to shuttle personnel in fire boats to fire suppression from the water side. Multiple boats were reportedly lost.

MARCH 16, 2020 | TUESDAY

1334 hours:  A resident acros the street on 8th and Weller captured video of extreme fire behavior of a homeless encampment going up in flames. He pleaded to the Seattle Mayor that we need to put our unhoused folks in better accommodations and decried their current conditions as inhumane. Saying additionally, we need to better protect them.

MARCH 15, 2020 | MONDAY

A fire breaks out underneath I5 and Boren Avenue bridge in the Chinatown International District.  Seattle firefighters respond to a fire due to cooking at a homeless encampment gets out of control. this is what they have to deal with.

Story Photo, Article:  Seattle Times.  See story here –> https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/fire-in-chinatown-international-district-engulfs-homeless-camp/

We are still waiting for causes for most of these but we are patient while they work it out in the fire investigation unit.

We will keep you informed and provide an update as information is received.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 4/4/2020 – 2330 hours PDT

 

 

 

 

 

Firefighters Respond to Dryer Fire in South Seattle

Firefighters were called  out on Saturday night at 2122 hours PDT to respond to a dryer fire in the building located in the 4300 block of 29th Avenue South in Seattle, Washington.

The call went out as a full response dispatching the following units:  A14 AIR10 B2 B5 DEP1 E13 E27 E28 E30 E6 L12 L3 M28 M44 MAR5 R1 REHAB1 SAFT2 and STAF10.

Firefighters quickly egressed and ten minutes into the incident, it was determined the first arriving units could handle as a single response, lealving Engines 13 and 30, Ladder 3 and Battalion 5 on-scene.

Fire was reported as under control with no preconnect.  A ventilation system was put into place.

Primary search of floor one was complete with nothing found (2141 hours).  A search of a nearby exposure was also conducted and nothing found.

Engine 30 was working with the challenge of shutting off the continuous spray of fire sprinklers.  They were finally shutoff at 2142 hours.

There were no reports of any injuries to citizens, residents or firefighters.

The cause is currently unknown at this time, as firefighters to continue with fire operations.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted:  4/4/2020 2145 PDT

Seattle Firefighters Battling Building Fire

SEATTLE, Washington

Firefighters are yet again on another large blaze this weekend.  Seattle Firefighters were dispatched on Saturday morning around 1051 hours PST to a 2-alarm fire in a vacant building located in the 600 block of South Roy Street.

First due units reported heavy smoke and flames in the vacant building.  Due to heavy fire and unknown interior conditions of the building, crews were being forced to fight it from the outside; a defensive operation.  No fire crews were allowed inside the building.

The Fire Department was encouraging those who live in the area to close their windows due to heavy smoky conditions to prevent smoke inhalation.

Photo Credit | Seattle Fire Department

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A wall on the Delta side was starting to bow out (around 1227 hours) and command asked crews on this and Charlie sides to watch the structure.  All firefighters were out of the collapse zone.

After almost fighting the fire over a period of two hours, fuel tanks were beginning to run low.  A fuel truck was requested to assist with several companies.

We are covering this incident with Live Updates on Twitter @nwfireblog 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/282020 1230 PST

Friday Night Fire Breaks Out at Seattle Marina

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to a well-involved fire at a local Marina located in the 1300 block of SW Spokane Street on Friday night at 2127 hours PST.

This incident was designated as “Spokane Command” by the Incident Commander.

The fire broke out from an unknown cause at the Jim Clark Marina located near Harbor Island in West Seattle with crews emptying out several Seattle fire stations.

Units dispatched were:

  • Medical: Aid10, Aid14, Medic1.
  • Battalion Chiefs: 5, 7.
  • Command Staff:  Deputy1, Safety2, Staff 10.
  • Engine Companies:  10, 13, 27, 29, 32, 36, 5, 8, 30, 11.
  • Marine Group:  Fire Boats 4 and 5. Patrol 4 (Seattle PD), Marine 1, Rescue1.
  • Ladder Trucks:  L1, 3, 11.
  • FIU: Marshal5.
  • Firefighter REHAB:  REHAB1 (Ladder 27, Seattle Fire Buff volunteers).

Fire operations included limited access, so firefighters were being shuttled around by both Seattle Fire Boats to access points on the dock.  Due to the severity of the fire, the IC was concerned with putting too much weight on the docks and quickly pulled  crews off.  He also did not want them going too deep into boathouses, docks and boats putting themselves in harm’s way.

First due units reported that the fire was on a dock and heading towards the marina. Units found limited access and fire boats were being used as primary firefighting suppression resources.

Video Credit | Bryan Vlok (used with written permission)

Fire Boat 4 came around the water side through a railroad trestle (bridge goes over the water) and to the fire scene.  Due to limited access by firefighters on the shore side, FB4 and crew were tasked with primary fire suppression activities.  A masterstream was used at that moment to put water on the fire.

Eventually, when they were done – they were sent around to another side of the fire.  Later, when firefighters were pulled off the dock – FB4 and crew stopped the masterstream and used handlines.

At the end of the fire incident they used their masterstream again but this time for a foam blanket over the fire damaged areas.

The train trestle that goes over the water was secured for crews to lay hose down to extend near the marina.  This worked in their favor.

Units would soon be released from the scene, while a few remained to address the spot fires.

All-in-all, it was estimated at a loss of 1 boat (east side of fire) and 12 boats (including a houseboat and boathouse) on the west side.  It was reported that a boat appeared to be drifting, eventually sank completely under water.

Though a foam blanket was being applied to the fire ravaged scene, some may be conducting “fire watch” throughout the night until they are relieved by other crews.

Fire History at this Marina

There was one previous fire that broke out at this marina on December 29, 2015 from an unknown cause, which burned two boats and damaged two more.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2350 hours PST

Seattle, Washington | Shooting | MCI | 8 People Shot

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A verbal dispute ignited in gunshots with multiple people involved and shot. A total of eight people were shot resulting in one death, a 50-year old patient in critical condition and in surgery, while a 9-year old was listed in very serious condition.  Five others were said to be in stable condition.

SFD Chief Scoggins:  “We transported five patients to HMC and we were told that the hospital is treating seven total.  There is unknown information as to these two additional patients, if they were walk-ins or self-transported to the facility and they are working on gathering additional information.  There were a total of eight people were shot, including one deceased person.”

SPD Chief Best:  “There was a dispute in front of the McDonalds where people out pulled out guns and shots were fired.  It is unknown if this shooting is connected to the earlier afternoon incident on 3rd and Blanchard.  Still gathering information on the number of suspect(s). Multiple people were involved but they are still investigating.” (7:45 PM)

Here is a tally of what has been happening this month alone:

January 22, 2020 – 4th Avenue x Pine – Shooting – MCI 

Police radio traffic on the scanner feed switched over to a Tactical channel and then the feed eventually stopped transmitting. (8:00 PM)

A presser was released on this incident. (7:45 PM)

Police were dispatched to the Washington Convention Center located in the 700 block of Pike Street, Seattle.  The suspect was described as a black male, thin build, 6’1″, wearing gray jacket and black turtleneck pulled over his face. He attempted to force his way into the Center but they are currently on lockdown.  Security Guards were reporting this as possibly to as the shooter’s same description. (7:30 PM)

Mass Casualty Incident or MCI for short |  Another shooting in the downtown area.  Shooting in this area with multiple victims. Police say suspect fled but they were still searching for him. They were assisting with First Aid treatment of the multiple patients. (5:11 PM)

January 22, 2020 – 300 block x Blanchard – Shooting Call 

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Officers were dispatched to this area for a shooting.  3rd Avenue has been closed to all traffic, while they are investigating.  (3:00 PM)

Officers from Seattle Police and Deputies from King County Sheriff’s Office were involved in this shooting.  The suspect has been transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. No officers or deputies were injured during this encounter. Force Investigation Team detectives are responding. (3:19 PM)

January 21, 2020 – 1600 block x 4th Ave – Shooting Call 

SPD Officers were dispatched near Pine Street. 1 person found with a gunshot wound was located in the stairwell of the Westlake Center. The 55-year old later died of his injuries.  Officers performed CPR on the victim until they were relieved by Seattle Firefighters and Medics. (3:45 PM)

January 19, 2020 – 4200 Blk x S Willow Street – Possible DUI Call

A concerned citizen stopped a SPD Officer to report a possible drunk driver passed out next to vehicle.  The responding Officer found the victim to have a gunshot wound to his head.  He was declared deceased at the scene by SFD Medics. The victim was 52-years old. (1:00 AM)

January 17, 2020 – S Kenyon Street x Renton Ave S – Shots Fired Call

SPD Officers were dispatched to the area to find no one injured but property damage from multiple shots fired.  Police took two guns off the street along with multiple spent casings. Suspects fled in a stolen car.  This is located in the Rainier Valley area.

January 10, 2020 – 4500 blk x 40th Ave SW – Injured Person, Unresponsive

25-year old male, roommate to the victim called 9-1-1 to report a female down at the bottom of a staircase in their shared West Seattle home located.  Officers were suspicious and turned the case over to Homicide Detectives. The victim died on January 13, 2020. Initially, they interviewed him but released the person-of-interest. However, after further evidence, they charged him with murder on January 22, 2020.  He was booked into the King County jail.

January 2, 2020 – Belltown – Shooting

Witnesses began flooding 9-1-1 with multiple calls of a person down on the ground after reports of shots were reported just before 11:00 PM.  Officers arrived within minutes to find a 35-year old man with a single gunshot wound to the leg.  Arriving patrols applied a tourniquet to the wound and called for Medics.  The patient was transported to HMC with non-life threatening injuries. Detectives were busy investigating the shooting case the following day on January 3, 2020.

January 1, 2020 – S Washington Street at Occidental Avenue S – Shooting

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Photo Credit: Seattle DOT

Police responded to a shooting in the Pioneer Square area to find a victim that had been shot, who was transported to Harborview Medical Center but succumed to his fatal injuries.  The suspect was located immediately and arrested SPD bike Officers, booked into King County Jail.

If you have any tips to some of these unsolved shooting cases, please contact the Seattle Police Homicide Detectives at 206-233-5000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted:  1/22/2020 — 2020 hours PST