A rain-soaked hillside turned into a scary moment on Friday, January 7, 2022, after it collided downward into a house and forced off its foundation, entrapping the homeowner, and two of his dogs.
The Fire Alarm Center dispatched A14, AIR10, B2, B4, DEP1, E18, E2, E20, E41, E8, L1, L4, M18, M44, R1, SAFT2, and STAF10 just after 1330 hours, when the first 9-1-1 call came into the Emergency Communications Center. The call was listed as a heavy rescue call.
Seattle Fire resources arrived quickly with all of their heavy tools and equipment, apparatus, and manpower, but they were faced with several challenges, which can see in this video above that included fire suppression and having to pass resources up and downhill. Multiple actions were being taken place at the same time. A Magnolia Fire Station is literally down the street from this incident and was the first-due unit, requesting additional members to respond to the scene.
One homeowner was saved from their house while a female had extricated herself safely. One dog was found deceased and the Fire Department states they were unable to locate the second canine.
Today, the homeowner in the 2400 block on Perkins Lane was lucky as was another occupant escaping with their lives and with home determined to have moved about 15-20 feet off of its foundation.
Today’s impacted residence is a 1.5-story, 5,000-square foot home with sweeping views of the Puget Sound and Olympics is listed at an estimated assessed value of $3.1 Million Dollars, according to the County’s tax assessor records. The amount of property damage sustained due to the landslide and fire is unknown at the time of publication.
The Seattle Police Department assisted with area evacuations and blocked roadways to keep people out of the landslide area. Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light were requested to secure utilities. An Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections Inspector was also sent to the site to investigate the damage to the existing nearby structure and checked this home’s structural integrity, and if repopulation back to area homes could be safely occupied.
Reminder to Homeowners
The Seattle Fire Department asks those who have homes in areas on or near steep slopes to periodically evaluate the state of their hillside for signs of soil movement and determination to determine if there are leaning trees or cracks in the soil. This is very important especially during the rainy season.
Landslide History on Perkins Lane West
Homes built on Perkins Lane have been used in many Puget Sound weather models by geologists and future college students in how the area is an iconic display of how landslides greatly impact this area
1920s-30s: Records indicate this area has been dangerous from the beginning of time when homes were being built in the 1920s and ’30s, but yet homes are still being constructed on this unstable and constantly shifting land beneath it.
1996-1997: Another article originally written in 2011 and updated in 2015, by the Seattle Times with the title, “Living in a slide zone” talks about how wet the season was in the Puget Sound area in 1996-1997 where landslides occurred all over the region.
A more notable incident occurred in 1997 when a landslide near the south end of the area would destroy several homes from similar situations.
In March of 2006, a group of college students destined for a Field Trip as listed in their ESS315 Class for extra credit was posted online outlines one of the areas of study, “Perkins Lane”, where they are going to a park on Magnolia Blvd. above Perkins Lane and taking the stairs down to the landslide area, where five homes were destroyed in 1996. In the document, it states the following, “A geotechnical firm recommended that the City install dewatering wells to reduce the water pressure at the base of the sand. Before these wells could be installed, the big destructive slides occurred. One of the homeowners sued the City of Seattle for failing to stabilize the bluff. The suit was later dismissed.” (Source: https://faculty.washington.edu/tswanson/ESS/315/06%20Fieldtrip.pdf)
2013: On December 11, 2013, proof of a landslide occurred as one Social Media user took a photo showing proof it occurred.
2014: An article was written by a reporter, Deborah Wang (KUOW) on March 26, 2014, covering the Perkins Lane area, spoke to an area resident about a devastating landslide that occurred 18 years prior when a deep-seated landslide released a large portion of the bluff taking five houses with it. (Source: NPR. https://kuow.org/stories/perkins-lane-seattles-poster-child-landslide-risk/)
KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON — Firefighters were dispatched to an early morning blaze on Saturday, December 11, 2021, to the 1300 block of West Newton Street, Seattle, Washington at 0048 hours PT.
Units dispatched to the scene were A5, AIR10, B2, B4, DEP1, E18, E2, E20, E41, E8, L4, L6, L8, M18, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10. A second alarm was requested at 0147 hours PT, bringing an additional three resources.
Significant events occurred during this fire operation.
Scaffolding on Floor 2 wobbling caused a hazard for all firefighters working on the fire ground, which prompted Command to set a Collapse zone.
Collapse zone was 1.5 times of the building height then reduced.
Fire began spreading throughout the building then through the roof.
Windows had to be broken out by crews to get water on the fire.
A second alarm during the incident.
A ladder pipe began operating around 0224 hours PT. (on the Alpha/Bravo side).
A metro bus was requested for Firefighter rehab.
Fire was wind-driven with winds coming out of the South, would then die down.
The incident clock was stopped at 0154 hours PT.
PAR was conducted and all members were accounted for.
Fire building – Was being fought as a defensive fire with no entry. 360* completed and collapse zone.
Firefighters were finding that this fire would be burning slowly for quite some time. This is due to be a long-duration incident. You can check our tweets on our *Live Coverage* on our Twitter page @nwfireblog Check back for more updates on this incident.
A duplex fire prompted Fire units to be dispatched through the Fire Alarm Center to a structure fire in the in the block of 19th Ave S and S Stevens Street, in Seattle, Washington.
The incident was named the STEVENS COMMAND.
Seattle Fire units dispatched were A14 AIR26 B2 B5 DEP1 E10 E13 E30 E5 E6 L1 L3 M10 M44 MAR5 R1 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10 at 2001 hours PT.
This was originally listed as an interior fire contained to the Charlie/Bravo corner that extended into the attic. The Charlie Division was established and members were cautioned to check in with the Division before going in due to arching and downed power lines.
Fire was brought under control at 2012, about 11 minutes into the call. It was said to be burning in the overhead. On the Charlie side, there was no heat detected and at this moment considered to have the fire under control but a short report from the exterior showed light smoke coming from the Alpha side.
RIT was established at 2016 hours PT.
After overhaul was in operations, there was indication of extension above the kitchen. Active visible fire was see in the Bravo/Charlie side up to the attic. Two engine companies took up lines to the area and immediately put water on the fire.
A Decon line was established (2024 hours).
Utilities were secured: Gas for both structures (2026 hours) and power (2034).
Roof operations had a plan to cut into the roof above the kitchen but decided not to. (2028). Water on the fire (2030) and then a tap fire (2031).
Exactly at 30 minutes, fire crews egressed quickly to make sure this did not extend further or cause it to put other exposures at risk. Nice work, Seattle Fire!
Two adults and two dogs were displaced by the fire and are being assisted by the Red Cross.
No reports of injuries to the occupants or crews were reported.
Fire Marshal 5 (FIU) was called to the scene. No word on the cause or content damage is known at the time of this post.
Seattle Units B2, E10, E25, L1, A25, Air240-260, B5, DEP1, E34, E5, E6, L3, M10, M44, MAR5, R1, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10, Air260 were dispatched to the 1100 block of Boren Avenue at 2149 hours PT for a commercial structure fire.
Units would immediately arrive to a one-story commercial building, which appears to the be occupied by South Shore Rehab and Lundgren Monuments.
Water supply quickly established and put on the fire, knocking it down with minutes of first arriving. The full response was reduced to those that first arrived on-scene, which included B2, E10, E25 and L1. All other units were released from the incident.
When firefighters knocked down the interior fire, they found a second floor inside the one-story building. A primary search of both floors proved there were no victims or any other things found.
MAR5 was requested to respond to the scene to investigate. There is no preliminary cause or known losses to contents and property at the time of this post.
There are known reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters.
SEATTLE, Wash. | Firefighters and equipment were dispatched to a residential structure fire located in the 10000 block of Sand Point Way NE at 2021 hours on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
The fire building is a 3 bedroom and 1.75 bath home with 1,600 square feet with a basement, main floor and attic. It was built in 1939, with a finished basement and underground parking garage. The lot size is over 7,000 square feet.
Units dispatched were Seattle Fire’s Aid 25, Air Unit 10, Battalions 2 and 6, Deputy 1, Engines 16, 24, 31, 38, 40, Ladders 5 and 10. Medics 17 and 44 (Supervisor), Marshal 5 (FIU Investigator), REHAB 1 (Fire/Medical Rehab), Safety 2 and Staff 10.
Water Supply – Established with E39 taking a secondary hydrant.
Search and Rescue – Ladder 5 did a split search from floors one to two completing their task quickly, with nothing found. Primary and secondary searches were completed of the whole structure.
Command – Battalion 6 assumed command at 2033 hours.
Per scanner traffic, visible flames were reported to be out the basement windows when first due units arrived. Crews did not find any extension to the attic or to the knee walls. The fire was knocked down less than 15 minutes.
Ventilation operations with fans was tasked to Ladder 9.
Units were starting to be released by Command within 20 minutes from the original dispatched call time.
At the time of this post, the cause and preliminary damage to the the property and contents were unknown.
The Seattle Fire Investigator, Marshal 5 was on-scene.
No reports of injuries to firefighters or citizens was reported by the Seattle Fire Department.
An update will be posted when information has been received.
(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 11/25/2020 2120 PT
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
Nice work, Firefighters and saving another Seattle iconic structure.
An exterior shed fire ignited from an unknown cause in the backyard of a home in the 9400 block of 18th Avenue SW in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, January 19, 2020.
Due to the fire, a power line was downed. The power company was requested to respond to the fire ground.
Seattle Fire units A14 AIR10 B5 B7 DEP1 E26 E27 E32 E36 E37 L1 L11 M32 M44 MAR5 R1 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10 and E11.
Stock Photo (c) NW Fire Blog
Seattle City Light power crews.
Engine 11 arrived as first due apparatus to a working fire of a 20×20 exterior shed in the backyard of a home. They immediately pulled a pre-connect and designated the incident as “18th Avenue SW Command”. (2114 PST)
Battalion asked if the response could be reduced. (2116). She arrived shortly there after. (2119)
Engine 26 provided water for Engine 11. Engine continued to run on tank water and switched over. During the fire operation, they needed to hook up to a secondary hydrant for a water supply.
Water was put on the fire on the Charlie side. The fire response was reduced to a 2. 1&1 which is two engines, a ladder company and a Battalion Chief. Engines 11 and 37, Ladder 11 and Battalion 2 remained on-scene. (2120-2121)
It was reported that this could be a possible hoarder situation, which from experience we know to be dangerous to occupants and to firefighters. The interior of the basement and floor one of the nearby residence also was checked. There were no extension, smoke or damage to the home, but also in the same alleged condition.
The fire was tapped several minutes later. (2133)
A Seattle Fire Investigator, Marshal 5 was dispatched to this call and is currently on-scene investigating the cause. There is no preliminary cause at the time of this post.
No reports of injuries to the occupant or firefighters have occurred.
Red Cross was requested for one displaced occupant. (2155)
(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 1/19/2020 @ 2155 hours PST