Pre-Turkey Day Fire Erupts

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.

FIRE BUILDING

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.

RESOURCES

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.

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FIRE OPS

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.

CAUSE

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.

INJURIES

No reports of injuries to firefighters or citizens was reported by the Seattle Fire Department.

UPDATE

An update will be posted when information has been received.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 11/25/2020 2120 PT

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

Seattle Firefighters Respond to Saturday House Fire

King County, Washington | Firefighters were dispatched to a single-family house fire on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in the 7000 Block of Ravenna Avenue NE in Seattle.

Seattle Fire units included Aid31, Air10, B2, B6, Deputy1, Engines 16, 17, 22, 31, 40. Ladders 5, 8, 9. Medic17, 44 9 (Supervisor), FIU Marshal5, REHAB1, Safety2, Staff10.

Chaplains 5 and 6 from the Seattle Fire Department have been dispatched to the scene.

Photo Credit | Seattle Fire Department

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Fire was deemed quick under control.  Primary and secondary searches were conducted.

One adult male was found deceased inside the home and an elderly female was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries and was also transported to a local Seattle Hospital.

There was no preliminary cause of the fire released at the time of this post.

Hashtags used for this fire:  #RavennaFire #SeattleFire

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/18/2020 1425 PT 

Exterior Shed Fire Prompts SFD Full Fire Response

Incident Summary

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.

Resources

Seattle Fire units A14 AIR10 B5 B7 DEP1 E26 E27 E32 E36 E37 L1 L11 M32 M44 MAR5 R1 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10 and E11.

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Seattle City Light power crews.

Fire Operations

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)

Cause

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.

Injuries

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

Four Lives Remembered: The Seattle Fire Four

THE DIRTY DEED

Today, we remember the four lives that were stolen from us back on January 5, 1995, when an arson fire set by Martin Pang, the son of the owners of the Mary Pang Chinese Food Company in hopes of collecting a  large insurance sum of money.

Credit | US Fire Administration 

A man described by his ex-wifes and former girlfriends, say his threats of violence came in the form of setting fires and they reported his intentions to the Seattle Police and Fire Departments prior to the deadly incident.

The determined cause of the fire was ruled as arson and Martin Pang, the son was charged.  He would flee to Brazil knowing they have no extridite policy.  After three years of diplomatic delays, he would come back to the United States and make a plea deal instead of fighting to be extridited.

In the end, he was charged with 35 years but would only serve 20 years for “good behavior”.  Challenges to allow him to be released sooner than his sentence, all efforts failed and angered many.

CALL DETAILS

At 1902 hours, Seattle Fire Dispatch initially received a 9-1-1 call from a reporting party, a band member who occupied one of the rooms within an adjacent building to the Mary Pang Chinese Food Company warehouse.  They reported smoke seeping into their practice room.

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Courtesy | Pierce Co Firefighters

A 1st alarm or full response, as it is known today, was dispatched by the Seattle Fire Alarm Center (FAC).  Five engines, two ladder trucks, one aid unit (BLS), one Medic unit (ALS), Air Support and two Command Staff were immediately deployed at 1903 PST.

They would respond to the 800 block of 7th Avenue in Seattle, Washington on January 5, 1995.  This was known as the Mary Pang Chinese Food warehouse, a food-processing plant that prepared  pre-made food that was distributed to area grocery stores.

This building had been operating successfully in this location for 20 years prior to this incident.  It was located in the busy portion of the International District of Seattle and only a few blocks from the former Kingdome.

FIRE OPERATIONS

First due units reported a well-involved building fire and pulled a pre-connect to a nearby hydrant.  Some reported fire at the rear of the structure and from a small shed, this was later identified as an employee lunchroom that had been “added on” to the structure.  One of the crews initiated a forcible entry, then were tasked with raising ground ladders to proceed with Roof Operations and to cut a hole in the roof for vertical ventilation.

Fire crews were working on opposite sides of the building.   Once inside, they found a few spot fires and immediately knocked them down.  These were mostly near the ground floor level. Crews were working in adverse conditions that included zero visibility, having to move around equipment and stored materials blindly and very slowly.  Some interior temps were reported hot enough to keep them in crouched positions but they did not distinguish as being abnormal.

Fire in some parts of the building were cool, while crews found a small fire burning in the basement of the building.  Initials reports indicate they thought there were only two floors and were unaware of a basement in this building.

At some point during fire operations, the building was said to have rumbled and flames erupted from the basement as the floor began to collapse.  An unanticipated flaw (one of many key issues raised by the Fire Investigative report) in the structure, caused the “pony wall” to fail which dropped the ends of the floor joists and sending sections of wood and concrete floor down into the basement.   Flames then began to spread across the underside of the roof and what was on  the ground floor began to catch on fire in a rapid flashover sequence.

Two Fire Lieutenants and two Firefighters also disappeared into the fire, while seven  firefighters and one Lieutenant  bailed out of windows and doors suffering burns to their necks, ears, wrists and one hand.  No one on the outside knew what was happening on the inside.

Hot and heavy smoke began billowing out of doors and through a small hole in the roof where they ventialated the smoke.  Smoking Firefighters’ PPE (Firefighters protection personal equipment) were visible as those on the outside watched the rapid events unfolding before their eyes.

1st Alarm units were aware of the arson threat but they were unaware of the multiple rennovations done on this building over its 85-year history.  There were several crucial failures on this day.

THE WORST NIGHTMARE EVER

Abandon the Building tones were broadcasted over radio transmissions. The FAC notifified command that they received an emergency activation alert.  It was determined that it was not coming from one but two firefighter radios.   Later learned, four firefighters were found to be missing.

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Credit | FEMA

Search-and-rescue missions were immediately coordinated by crews to look for the missing four and tracking their last-known-locations. Rescue efforts continued but then the risk to the rescuers would be far greater to them.

All efforts were ceased due to the amount of time missing and extreme risk to rescuers themselves.  This would weigh on many firefighters then, now and most likely, in the future.

Firefighters were forced to abandon the building and return to firefighting suppression efforts, including using masterstreams to control the fire.

All four firefighters were rescued from the demolished building but it would take a total of three sombering days.

LESSONS LEARNED

A lot has changed within the City of Seattle and around the country, since this incident happened in 1995, but we can tell you that this event and what transpired still affects firefighters, both active and retired to this day.  It brings tears to many and anger to others as they say this could have been easily prevented.

Since, this date – a lot has happened in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

  • Survivors (Firefighters Families) were awarded $450,000 – $5.6 Million in damage lawsuits against the City of Seattle. SFD, 75% liable. Martin Pang, 25% liable.
  • Seattle Fire has made great strides to changing their accountability, risk-management, pre-fire planning, 360* size ups of their buildings, progress reports to name just a few.

THE SEATTLE FIRE FOUR  – Through the Eyes of the World

We would like to dedicate this post to the Seattle Fire Four, who lost their lives on this day in 1995.  We will continue to remember your accomplishments in the living, the impacts you had on your communities and the Legacies you left us all to behold.

Today, we remember those Lost and their Legacies left behind.  It is what we can only do in the present.

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Credit | Seattle Fire/IAFF Local 27

SEATTLE FIRE DEATHS – Always Remember, Never Forgotten

1891 | Firefighter Herman Larson.

1899 | Fire Engineer Charles E Brabon.

1910 | Captain JN Longfellow.

1914 | Firefighter Patrick Cooper.

1917 | Battalion Chief Fred G. Gilham and Firefighter Ole G. Rust.

1920 | Firefighter Charles F. Lacasse.

1923 | Captain Horace E. Roberts.

1924 | Firefighter William E. Shuberg.

1925 | Firefighter Cecil McKenzie.

1927 | Firefighter Darwin T. Lund.

1928 | Firefighter Charles E. Wheeler.

1937 | Fire Captain Albert S. Wolpert.

1938 | Firefighter Theodore R. Cousland.

1943 | Firefighter Luther D. Bonner.

1945 | Captain Andrew G. Beattie.

1947 | Firefighter Fred O. Larson.

1949 | Firefighters Jack W. McGee and Glen S. Murphy.

1957 | Firefighter James Willey.

1964 | Firefighter John F. Herron.

1966 | Captain Harold W. Webb.

1968 | Firefighter Henry C. Gronnerud.

1976 | Firefighter Gerald Miller.

1983 | Firefighter Lisa J. LOng.

1984 | Firefighter Mary R. Mathews.

1987 | Firefighter Robert d. Earhart.

1989  | Lieutenant Mathew W. Johnson.

1991 | Firefighter Donald L. Perry.

1995 | Firefighters James T. Brown and Randall R. Terlicker. Lieutenants Walter D. Kilgore and Gregory A. Shoemaker.

1996 | Firefighter Gary V. Medica.

2004 | Deputy Chief Gerald N. Moberg.

2005 | Firefighter Nathaniel Ford.

2008 | Firefighter Timothy J. Heelan and Battalion Chief James H. Scragg.

2009 | Battalion Chief David H. Jacobs and Firefighter Stephen Lohr.

2010 | Deputy Chief Jesse F. Youngs.

2011 | Firefighter Jeffrey Brit.

2013 | Firefighter Jess Hernandez.

2014 | Firefighters Keith I. Johnson and Wallace F. Goulet.

2015 | Firefighter Joshua Milton.

2016 | Firefighters Tristan Smith, Scott Steed and Captain Craig Aman.

2018 | Firefighter Marvin Larry.

Sources:  FEMA/Homeland Security, Seattle Fire, IAFF Local 27, Social Media, news media.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 1/5/2020 @ 1835 hours PST

 

Seattle Feels Pain of Protests | 2

Seattle Police are being faced with protesters throwing bottles and rocks at their Officers.  Those that were the culprits have been arrested and taken to jail.

Several suspects were seen with sticks in hand.  Those who had damaged patrol cars were being investigated and searched for by police to be arrested.

After protesters began dissipating around 1330 hours, traffic and bus routes were being allowed to resume as normal. Officers demobilzed from the downtown area and recalled to their respective service areas.

They are still continuing to monitor areas as needed.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1500 hours PST

 

#SeattlePolice #SeattlePD #Demonstrations

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/5/2020 – 1235 PST

Seattle Police Officers Heavily Secure City Hall Plaza | 1

Seattle Police released a presser via Twitter late this morning that they would be providing public safety and traffic management services to two separate demonstrations, one with a permit to City Hall Plaza and one without.

As the demonstrations began to heat up, the second group began to occupy City Hall Plaza and refused to move out.  After a short time, they finally were dispelled from the area, enabling the permitted first group to move-into the area.

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Credit | @SeattlePD

Sounded like someone was involved in an altercation with Officers and claimed he was hurt. Seattle Fire was called to respond to the area.    No Officers were hurt and the situation was quickly brought under control.

While Officers were clearing the building, they found a potential deadly weapon left behind.  In looking at this photo, you can see what looks like cloth over the board with bolts protruding.

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Credit | @SeattlePD

If you look more closer, the above two photos relate to the one down below.  Officers are taking all precautions to protect the public and all fellow Law Enforcement.   They will arrest anyone who causes harm against any and all persons.

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Seattle believes in free speech, but to cause bodily harm or property destruction will not be tolerated and its Police forces will attempt to stop any mayhem from occurring.

Seattle Police are using bicycles, fencing and other barriers to allow both groups to demonstrate peacefully.

This is an on-going protest.

#SeattlePolice #SeattlePD #Demonstrations

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/5/2020 – 1235 PST

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

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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

RESOURCES

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

WSDOT 

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

TRAFFIC ALERTS

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)

SR99

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)

I-5 

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)

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • 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.

CAUSE

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

SOCIAL MEDIA

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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.

Injuries

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