Quick Egress Saves Seattle Home on Saturday Night

North Seattle, Washington | A kitchen fire ignited in a home located in the 9000 block of 8th Avenue NE in the Maple Leaf neighborhood near Green Lake on Saturday evening.

The house fire prompted Seattle Fire units A25, AIR10, B4, B6, DEP1, E16, E17, E21, E22, E31, L5, L8, L9, M17, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2 and STAF10 dispatched at 2127 hours PDT.

Due to the immediate egress by firefighters, which was about ten minutes on the incident timer – they brought the fire quickly under control then tapped it shortly thereafter.

The home is currently not for sale is said to be worth around $800,000.  Seattle Fire’s Investigator (Mar5) had arrived on-scene.   There was no known cause at the time of this post or a preliminary amount of cost to the structure.

There were no injuries to firefighters and the Fire Department confirmed there were no occupants home at the time the fire broke out

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated on Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ 2225 hours PDT

MCI | Crane Topples On To Cars Below in Seattle | 1

SEATTLE, Wa.  |  A crane on the top of a building toppled on to several cars below in the area of Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street on  Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2019.

Toppled crane | Credit: SDOT


Seattle Fire and Police were dispatched to the area as a Mass Casualty Incident or MCI as it is more commonly called.  Seattle Fire’s CAD system showed the incident as a heavy rescue – major.

‘”The incident at Fairview Ave N and involved a crane that fell into traffic. 5 cars were crushed. There are a total of 4 fatalities, and 3 injured patients that have been transferred to the hospital.”

– Seattle Fire Department PIO


Fire Units

At 1527 hours or 3:27 pm, West Coast time, Seattle Fire resources included:

Air Units 10 and 240-260.

Battalions 2, 5, 4 and 6.

Deputy 1, Safety 2, Staff 10, PIO and Chaplain 7. MCI 1.

Aid Units 2, 5, 14 and 25.  Medics 1, 10, 17, 18 and 44 (Supervisor).

Engines 2, 5, 8, 9,  17,  20, 21, 22, 25 and 34.

Ladders 1, 4,  6, 9 and 10.

Heavy Rescue 1.

Majority of fire resources were starting to go back into service around 1700 hours PDT, while others were still assigned to the MCI Incident.

Seattle Police


Several Incident Response Team personnel were dispatched to shutdown the Mercer Street on/off ramp off of I-5.  (WSDOT)


Mercer Street

All WB and EB lanes closed at Mercer St at Fairview Ave. Fallen crane on west side of Fairview Ave N and Mercer St intersection. (SDOT 1533 PDT, Alert expected to expire 2359 PDT)

Please avoid travelling near Fairview Avenue and Mercer Street. Roads are closed while emergency personnel respond to a fallen construction crane. Expect and plan for traffic impacts in the surrounding areas. PIO Michaud en route to the scene. (Seattle Police)


NB | On the SR 99 northbound off-ramp to Mercer St (MP 33) there is a disabled vehicle partially blocking the ramp. (WSDOT 1635 hours PDT)


SB | On I-5 southbound at Anderson Rd (MP 225) there is a collision blocking the right lane. The Incident Response Team and the State Patrol have arrived on the scene. (WSDOT 1619 PDT)

NB | Update 4:09 PM : On the I-5 northbound off-ramp to Mercer St (MP 166) there is an incident blocking the ramp and the left general purpose lane. Medical Aid, Fire Assistance, the Incident Response Team, and Seattle Police have arrived on the scene.  (WSDOT 1610 PDT)


  • Construction crane toppled from top of multi-story building.
  • Crane fell atop of multiple number of cars, killing several people.
  • Heavy equipment was seen laying across several lanes of traffic.
  • All lanes blocked.
  • 4 people killed, 3 others injured.


The cause of today’s accident is unknown but we will update as soon as investigators determine it.


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(c) 2019 NW FIRE BLOG – Updated 4/27/2019 @ 1715 Hours PDT

Elderly Man Shoots Man on Metro Transit Bus

Seattle, WA. | An 88-year old male shot a 51-year old man on a King County Metro transit bus on Saturday, January 26, 2019, around 1115 hours PST this morning, Seattle Police say.  It appears there was some kind of disturbance between the two individuals on a bus located on 4th Avenue South and South Walker in Seattle.

Eyewitness Accounts

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the younger man push the older gentleman as he attempted to board the bus, prompting the elderly man to present a gun and shoot the other man.  The older man did fall striking his head on the stairwell as he attempted to exit the bus.

Suspects Detained

Both were held by Seattle Police until Seattle Fire arrived to take both persons to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.

Police Looking for Tips

Detectives were dispatched to the crime scene and are currently investigating.  The Seattle Police Violent Crimes unit is looking for anyone who has information to aid them with their ongoing case to contact them at 206-233-5000.

Suspects Conditions

Both injuries are considered to be of serious in nature.


No other passengers on the bus were injured.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this post:  #SeattleShooting #MetroBusShooting #Seattle #Washington #CrimeNews2019

We can also be found on Twitter & Facebook at  @nwfireblog.

(c) 2019 NW FIRE BLOG

Seattle Fights Large Barge Fire

SEATTLE, Wash. – On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Firefighters were dispatched to a fully engulfed scrapped car barge fire moored at the Seattle and Iron Metal Corp. dock. The commercial fire was located in the 600 block of South Myrtle Street in the Georgetown area.


The fire incident was quickly elevated to a 2-Alarm fire response bringing more Chiefs, personnel, equipment and more fire boats.

Image may contain: outdoor

Photo Credit | David Sonsteng (Written permission granted)


The following Seattle fire resources were dispatched immediately, which they quickly engaged the fire.

MRN1, FRB5, A14, E28, L3, E27, L1, L11, SAFT2, STAF10, DEP1, R1, FIREBOAT, AIR10, FRB4, A2, M1, E11, L7, B5, E6, A10, E36, REHAB1, E13, M28, PTRL4, B7, B5, MAR5, PIO, E32, E10.


Seattle Fire personnel.

City of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Office staff.

Image may contain: sky, ocean, outdoor and water

Photo Credit | David Sonsteng (Written permission granted)

Seattle SPU arrived to the fire scene with their main focus on assessing the Duwamish River.

The Department of Ecology stated they observed no oil sheen and did not observe distressed wildlife on the Duwamish River on Wednesday morning, June 27, 2018.  They did say there was a small amount of firefighting foam at the tide line.  The barge is boomed as a precaution.

Barge moored along river bank, crane in background, orange boom in foreground.

Photo Credit | WA Dept. of Ecology


Fire Investigators have ruled the cause as accidental and with damages at $1,000,000.


Two firefighters were reported to have been injured after suffering minor injuries and were treated at a nearby unnamed (most likely Harborview Medical Center) hospital.

Image may contain: sky, outdoor and water

Photo Credit | David Sonsteng (Written permission granted)


Social Media became ablaze with barge fire photos being posted all over the Twitter and Facebook.

Photos portrayed a huge black smoke column seen from areas such as Capitol Hill, West Seattle, South Seattle, seen on 1st Avenue South bridge, from north of the Seattle Boeing plant, Seatac Airport, Magnolia and by others on the outskirts of this large City.

If you are seeing smoke to the East (via from West Seattle).  It is a barge on fire with metal and propane on the Duwamish River.”

Seattle Fire Department says the fire is mostly out and that they train for these types of large fire incidents.” – SFD Presser

We are aware of the large barge fire. We are monitoring the situation and will respond as needed.” – USCG Pacific Northwest


Want more great photos?  Check out David Sonsteng, Photographer and Owner of DJ Sonsteng Photography on his Facebook Page @djsonstengphotography or on Instagram at @d.j.sonsteng.photography.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 0540 PDT

Fire History Remembered: Seattle Fire’s Station #36

Seattle, Washington | Seattle Fire Department’s rich fire history has been recorded from year-to-year that dates back to July 6, 1876, when it was an all-volunteer company named Seattle Engine Company No. 1. It was organized by a group of citizens convinced of their own growing town’s need for a dedicated fire-suppression organization. Various fire companies were visible in providing private services until 1883 when the City Charter was amended to create and fund equipment but not staff for a centralized Fire Department.

Seattle Fire’s first Fire Chief was Gardner Kellogg of the new established volunteer organization in 1889 and acting Fire Marshal in 1901.  The volunteer organization survived into the late 1880’s, even during the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 which destroyed 30 city blocks and caused $12-$16 Million in damages.  Soon after, the City acknowledged the part-time force did not have enough fire-suppression resources to meet their expanding need for fire protection and found itself the recipients of heavy pressure from the insurance industry and its own citizens.  Ordinance No. 1212 in 1889 was passed by the Council which converted Seattle’s seven volunteer companies into a paid, professional of 32 men and into five fire districts.

Item No. 2688, West Seattle Fire Station No. 36, 23rd Avenue and Spokane Street, Seattle Fire Department Central Files, Record Series 2613-07. Seattle Municipal Archives. (1927)

Decades would soon pass after the creation of the professional Seattle Fire Department bringing a rapid increase in size and resources, as well as a higher rise in its resident population.  In 1890, the population was recorded at 42,000 and showing a massive increase to 237,000 by 1910.  In 1891, many iconic developments occurred with its maritime fire unit inception and with the deployment of their fire boat Snoqualmie in 1891, horse-drawn resources transitioned over to motorized fire engines in 1924 and development of firefighter-staffed emergency response aid cars were implemented during the 1930’s.  They were also members of the historic founding of the IAFF in 1918 and became Charter members of their Department’s union Local 27, one 218 in the organization.

The Seattle Fire Department has moved away from just providing fire-suppression efforts as it did in its earlier days to critical services such as, building inspections, fire code enforcement, tactical rescues and public education.  It is a fire-based two-tier response system providing pre-hospital BLS and ALS support services. There are six paramedic provider programs with SFD operating Seattle Medic One.  The Department protects both lives and properties of their 634,535 residents and 768,000 during the day in a 83.9 square mile area including 193 miles (53 miles of tidal waters).  It is listed at #22 on the Cities with populations of 100,000 and greater).

The Fire Department presents itself with 981 uniformed fire personnel with 207 on-duty strength, 38 Department Chiefs, 981 EMTs, 76 Paramedics and 84 non-uniformed (civilian) personnel.  Additionally, There are 34 Fire Stations (Medic One HQ at Harborview Medical Center).  There are 33 fire engines including on-duty Fire Boat, 12 Ladder Trucks, 4 Aid Units (BLS), 2 Air Trucks, 4 Fire Boats and 2 Hose Wagons.

Seattle Fire’s Station #36 is located at 3600 23rd Avenue SW, Seattle.  This photo was taken in 1927.  Presently, the station houses one engine company (E36), the department’s tunnel rescue unit and a marine specialty unit which serves the south end and in the Harbor Island/Delridge neighborhood community.

It was one of 32 neighborhood fire stations that was upgraded, renovated or replaced through the fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003.  This facility built-in 1971 was in general fair condition but required some seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards.  Remodeling to enhance its operations was also part of the $1.7 million project.


Photo Credit: Seattle Fire Department (2014)

Some of the great station’s features are:  bay space for two fire apparatus including the marine specialty unit, a decon/clean room, maintenance work area and battery charging alcove, storage for major disaster supplies and EMS equipment and hose dryer and storage alcove.  For Admin/Crew areas, there is a station office, bunker gear room, beanery (kitchen) and dining room, weight/workout room, firefighter bunk rooms, toilet/shower rooms and laundry facilities.

As of 2015, E36 had 916 total responses with BLS response times of 4:38 minutes and ALS response times of 4:33 minutes.  Fires were 5:52 minutes.  Times have changed since then but no data is available at time of this posting.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Sources:  SFD (11/2014), Seattle.gov Archived Documents,Wikipedia

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

TEXAS MASSACRE.  Around 1120 am a gunman opened fire upon a church service in progress at the 1st Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX killing 26 people and injuring scores more.  The shooter was approached by a neighbor next to the church and began shooting back at him.  The shooter is said to be deceased from an unknown bullet used by either the killer or the neighbor.  This is said to be the worst mass shooting in all of Texas history.

A FALLEN HERO.  Fallen Hillsboro FD Firefighter Ryan Grimaldi was out on a hunting trip when a tree fell on him.  He passed away from his injuries.  He was well-respected and loved in his community.  His fellow firefighters and Fire Agency brought him home yesterday.  Several hundreds were seen in his procession as they headed to their destination.

HOMELESSNESS GROWING ON WEST COAST.   How is this Public Safety related?  It has to do with Officer and 1st Responder safety when they are responding to aid and fire calls inside the camps.  There have been often too many dangers where Seattle Police have to provide an escort to Firefighters because of the looming problems with some homeless people.  KOMO News put out an article about the homeless population soaring on the West Coast and how cities are struggling to cope.

HIGHRISE FIRE IN THE BRONX, NY.   A fire broke out on the top floors of a multi-dwelling highrise where fire was seen from different angles shooting through the roof. The FDNY responded to the fire burning on the top floors and inside the cockloft that was located at 4769 White Plains Road.  Command called out to their firefighters to use caution as this building had been cited before for doing illegal rennovations on the top floors.  The 3-alarm fire was ruled accidental due to electrical building wires that caught fire.  (Photo Credit:  FDNY)

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SECOND SHOOTING IN ONE DAY.  Another church shooting occurred on Sunday, November 5 and one that is not being covered as much as the large mass shooting in Texas.  An estranged wife and her boyfriend were leaving the St . Alphonsus Catholic Church in Fremont, California when they were gunned down by her soon-to-be-husband killing them both. They were in the middle of a divorce. He was later found in his vehicle deceased of self-inflicted wounds.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Apartment Fire | Seattle | #Breaking News


Stock Photo of Seattle Fire apparatus. Photo Credit: (c) LR Swenson

1st Alarm Units

A fire broke out between buildings, an apartment complex and a single-family residence (SFR) next door.  The first alarm dispatched fire units E6 A25 AIR9 B5 B6 DEP1 E25 E30 E34 E5 E8 L10 L3 L6 M10 M44 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10 at 2235 hours PDT.

2nd Alarm Units

The arriving IC reported that a fire on floor one (Fire building) was racing up floors two and three, a 40×60 apartment complex and a second structure on fire.  This prompted a second alarm to be called a few minutes afterwards.  Units dispatched were AIR260 COMVAN E10 E13 E22 E36 L1 L7 M1.


All arriving 2nd Alarm units were sent to Staging, west of 19/20th on East Cherry.  Command asked for SPD to close down traffic on East Cherry.

Stock Photo of Seattle Firefighters filling up their air bottles. (c) LR Swenson

Fire Activities

Fire between the two structures was knocked down at 2248 hours.

Firefighters found a fire in the knee wall on the Delta side of the Bravo exposure and were busy digging it out.

Primary/secondary searches would be conducted on both structures with nothing found.

The fire was ruled under control at 2259 hours PDT, about 20 minutes after they were initially dispatched. (both structures)

Around 2311 hours, firefighters were focusing on overhaul and confirmed power had been secured to Bravo exposure.  Firefighters were also working on the roof of the Fire Building for overhaul.


A cause is not known at the time of this post but we will be updating info as soon as it arrives.

Social Media

We are using the hashtag #SeattleFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog


#PhinneyFire | Seattle, Washington

Seattle Fire crews (Stock Photo by (c) 2017 LR Swenson)



Firefighters were dispatched @ 1850 hours PDT to a FIRE IN BUILDING call in the 4700 block of Phinney Avenue North in Seattle (Phinney neighborhood), Washington on Saturday evening.


Command first established “Phinney Command” at the time of arriving


Fire operations would quickly take off, just like this incident.  Here is the timeline for this fire:

1856 | L8:  Assigned to the roof.

1857 | E18:  Laying a back-up line.     Command:  Floor 3 showing smoke from the roof, possibly into the roof. Asked unit to check for extension.

1858 | E21:  En route with pike poles.  Reported 3.5 stories and fire on Fire 3.  Fire coming from the ceiling.  Need pike poles. E17:  Assigned to put water on exterior side and using water from E9.  E16:  Assigned RIT.

1902 | Dispatch:  10 minutes on the incident clock.

1904 | Primary Search:  Completed on the fire floor (Floor 3).  All clear.

1905 | Command:  3-story wood frame, residential building turning white and multiple crews inside.  REHAB is at 47th & Phinney.

1906 | Command to Dispatch:  Blocking Phinney Avenue N.  Asked to notify King County Metro that street is blocked.

1909 | An unknown fire crew:  Smoke is pushing from the attic.

1910 | Equipment Request:  multiple 8 ft. Pike Poles are requested.

1912 | 20 minutes on the clock.

1913 | Report:  Fire knocked down.  1 crew is checking  extension.

1915 | Report:  Fire knocked down.  Marshal 5 has been requested.  Interior crew to wait to do any further knock down until FIU arrives on-scene.  E9: Decon line established.

1916 | E26:  Exiting out of the building.

1917 | Air9:  Arrived to fire.

1918 | B6:  Sufficient with needs.  No additional resources needed.

1919 | B6:  Secondary search completed.  All floors searched, Nothing found.

1922 | Back in Service:  Engine 6 and Ladder 6 were put back in service.

1924 | Dispatch to Command:  33 minutes on the timer.  Tap fire.

1927 | E16: RIT team reporting tap fire.  Will remain in Staging.

1928 | Fire crews found the electrical panel, shutting down power to the building.  North end of the fire building have been searched (secondary) on all floors are an all clear.

1930 | E9:  Engine water to be used and they can now remove the supply line.


The following units were dispatched to this fire:

A2 AIR9 B4 B6 DEP1 E16 E17 E18 E21 E6 E9 L6 L8 L9 M18 M44 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10 and MAR5 (FIU).


The fire was knocked down at 1913 hours and a tap fire reached at 1927 hours.  A Decon line was set up and all fire crews were sent through.

Firefighters worked diligently to get this stubborn fire suppression, under control and contained.  No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Marshal 5 is still on site searching for the cause.  There was no preliminary cause released at the time of this post.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog


While Seahawks Play, Firefighters Save Zoo Animals

Updated 6:50 PM PST

While the Seahawks Play…

As the Seattle Seahawks were ramping up for their game this evening, Seattle Firefighters were dispatched around 3:10 P.M. PST to a fire that broke out in the 600 block and N 59th Street.

A fire broke out inside the Nocturnal building at the Woodland Park Zoo and would quickly turn into a 2nd alarm bringing many fire resources city-wide.

Nocturnal Building Fire. (Credit: Seattle FD)

Units Dispatched

The following were dispatched to the “Fire in Building” call at 3:10 p.m.

  • Aid 2
  • Air9, Air240, Air26
  • Battalions 4 & 6
  • Comm Van
  • PIO
  • Deputy 1
  • Engines 8, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 31, 35, 36
  • Marshal5
  • Ladder Cos. 4, 6, 8, 9
  • Medics 1, 10, 16, 18, 28, 44
  • Safety2
  • Staff10
  • REHAB1
  • MRN (Marine) 1


Marshal5 (Fire Investigator) was also dispatched to the fire scene.  There is no known cause or preliminary information as to the area where the fire started.


There was a report of two firefighters injured by a news media outlet but nothing official from the Fire Department sources we glean from.  There injuries and conditions are unknown at this time. We hope they are okay and are on the mend quickly.

No animals were said to be injured but were being moved from the fire building to a safer location.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog


Western Washington Weather Brings Lots of Rain, Flooding and Mudslides


Tuesday’s weather has been a very soggy day bringing lots of rain with some reporting up to 2″ in some places, causing flooding and mudslides in Western Washington State.  Already saturated by rains in the last few days, more began dumping today and not letting up until later this afternoon.

By then, areas like Kent reported large flooded areas and some drivers ignoring common sense and trying to “drive” [we call it boating] across large bodies of water that seemed more like a big swimming hole.



  • Index Galena Rd |  @ MP 3 to end of Roadway | Closed: 11/9/15 – Long-term closure | Washout | Source: Snohomish County Public Works.

Granite Falls

  • Monte Cristo Rd | Mtn Loop Hwy to end of roadway | Closed:  4/24/15 1200 PST, Long-term closure | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.
  • Mtn Loop Hwy | Monte Cristo Rd – White Chuck River Rd | Closed:  11/18/15 1745 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.


  • Ben Howard | 311 Ave SE – Cedar Ponds Rd | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/18/15 2030 PST | Source: Snohomish County Public Works.
  • Tualco Loop Rd | Tualco Rd | Water over Roadway | Closed:  12/8/15 2100 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.


  • Hwy 27 | 2 Mi N of Palouse | Landslide blocking roadway | Source:  KREM 2 News 12/8/15 2122PST


  • 35 Avenue SE | 141 St SE – 139 St SE | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/8/15 1230 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.
  • 311 Ave SE | SR 2 – Mann Rd | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/8/15 1930PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.
  • Mann Rd | 311 Ave SE to end of Road | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/8/15 1530 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.

FLOOD WARNINGS  [Source:  NWS Seattle]

Skokomish River Near Potlatch

  • Warning til Thursday, 12/10/15
  • Flood stage is 16.5′
  • Currently at 17.6′ as of Tuesday, 12/8/15
  • Expected to rise & crest at 17.8′
  • Major flooding occurring
  • Expected to drop below flood stage at 0400 Wed, 12/9/15
  • Expected to drop to 17.5′ on Thursday AM
  • To cause additional major flooding, deep & quick floodwaters flooding some homes, roadways and much of the farm land in Skokomish Valley.

FLOOD WATCHES [Source:  NWS Seattle]

  • Lower Columbia and I – 5 Corridor in Cowlitz County; South Washington Cascade Foothills; Willapa Hills | Expires: 12/9/15 0400PST.
  • Central Columbia River Gorge; Western Columbia River Gorge | Expires:  12/9/15 1600PST.
  • Greater Vancouver Area | Expires:  12/9/15 1900PST.
  • South Washington Cascades | Expires:  12/10/15 0852PST.
  • South Washington Coast | Expires:  12/11/15 1200PST.
  • Yakima | Expires:  12/10/15 0852PST.
  • Cowlitz | Expires:  12/9/15 1903PST.
  • Whatcom | Expires:  12/9/15 1624PST.
  • Snohomish | Expires:  12/10/15 0723PST.
  • Mason | Expires:  12/10/15 2040PST.
  • Grays Harbor | Expiring Until Further Notice. 


Bellevue & Vicinity, Bremerton & Vicinity, E Puget Sound lowlands, Seattle & Vicinity, W Slopes North Cascade and Passes, W Slopes N Central Cascades and Passes, West Slopes S Central Cascades and Passes.

  • Additional heavy rainfall: expected tonight will lead to an increased threat of landslides in Western Washington.
  • Rainfall expected: 4-7″ on the Coast.
  • Rainfull expected:  5″ elsewhere in lowlands.
  • Rainfall total expected:  1-3″ rain expected in lowlands in the next 18-hour period ending 12/9/15 1000 PST.
  • 12/7/15:  Landslides occurred in Woodinville and Edmonds.
  • Future Expectations:  More land/mudslides to occur.
  • Warning Expires:  12/9/15 1400 PST

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog