Southend Firefighters Respond to Commercial Fire

White Center, Washington | Southend Fire assets and equipment were dispatched to a 2-Alarm Commercial structure fire on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, just before five o’clock in the morning.

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Units were quickly on-scene. Agencies were from the Puget Sound, Tukwila, Burien, Tukwila and Skyway Fire Departments, as well as the North Highline and King County Fire Districts.

King County Paramedics (IAFF 2595) and the King County Sheriff’s assisting with medical and traffic control.

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REHAB units were also tied in to the call bringing out REHAB units 2, 3, 302, 304 and 322.

Crews brought in aerials and specialized equipment working to put out the stubborn and fierce fire.

The 2-Alarm incident took place  in the 10700 block of 16th Avenue, S.W., Seattle, Washington.

The structure was verified to be vacant building once housing a former funeral home.

As it continued to burn in the area, roadway closures began impacting the White Center community streets, one block out from 16th Avenue S.W. to S.W. 107th Streets.  This would be a normal process as multiple lines would be laid on the streets and up connected to hydrants.  This is to avoid drivers or those from damaging or destroying fire hoses.

No reports of firefighter injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/9/2020 – 1155 PT

Firefighters Respond to Wallingford Derelict Building

Seattle, Washington | Firefighters were dispatched on Friday, May 8, 2020 , on Friday evening to a fire in building call in the Wallingford community.

It was located in the 4100 block of the Wallingford Avenue North, Seattle, Washington State.

According to Zillow, the structure is  listed as a single-family residence with four bedrooms and one bath that recently for $1,025,000 in February of this year.  The home is said to be worth an estimated value of $838,000.  The value has decreased over $166,000 in the last 30 days.

Personnel and assets included:  A2, AIR10, B4, B6, DEP1, E16, E17, E21, E22, E9, L9,L10, L6, L8, M17, M44, MAR5, REHAB1, SAFT2, STAF10.  Units were dispatched at 1844 PDT.

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Firefighters quickly arrived and set-up a  water supply line.

Reports of a possible victim on floor 2 proved to be false, as members searched the basement and floors 1 and 2 of the structure finding no one or any other occupants.

It was stated this is a derelict building with debris blocking floor 2 and other areas blocked off.

At one time, Command broadcasted a potential biohazard and sent its firefighters to the Decon  Line.

The fire was tapped in less than 45 minutes.

There were no injuries to citizens, occupants or firefighters reported.

Cause at this time is unknown.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/8/2020 1935 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

Lacey Firefighters Respond to Huge Vacant Structure Fire

Lacey, Washington —-

Fire personnel and equipment were dispatched from Lacey Fire District #3 and #8, and Olympia Fire just before 0500 hours on Sunday morning, March 29, 2020, to a structure fire.

The fire was located in the 5000 block of 15th Avenue NE in Lacey, Washington.

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Fire District #6 staffed up Lacey’s stations and responded to fire calls for Lacey Fire District #8.

Firefighters quickly egressed the situation and knocked down the fire.  Primary and secondary searched were conducted with no occupants located inside.

There were no reports of injuries to firefighters or bystanders.

There is no cause released at the time of this report and is under investigation by Fire Investigators.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/29/2020 – 2100 PST

UPDATE | Puget Sound Firefighters Fight SeaTac Fire

Seatac, Washington —

Firefighters and resources from  Renton RFA, Tukwila Fire Department,  Puget Sound Fire and Zone 3 Fire Rehab were dispatched on Sunday, March 29, 2020, in the early evening to a structure fire in the 2400 block of South 146th Street.

Additional fire mutual aid resources dispatched from Skyway Fire, Burien Fire and Medic One.

All occupants self-extricated themselves from the home.

This was a fire in the home’s kitchen.  The fire is now out and there were no reports of injuries to the occupants or to firefighters.

A Fire Investigator is en route to the fire scene.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/29/2020 1828 hours PST

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.

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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

DC Firefighters Respond to Vacant School Building

Firefighters from DC Fire and EMS were dispatched to a vacant school located at 31st and Ereie Streets SE for a reported fire in the air handler of the 2nd floor of the structure.  Smoke was showing from the roof.

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About 20 pieces of equipment along with 80 fire personnel are assigned to this incident.

Immediately, the fire was escalated to a 2nd alarm fire.

Bleachers were on fire but the it was quickly knocked down.  Currently, the fire has been classified under control.

Firefighters ventilated the heavy smoky conditions that  permeated throughout the large building.

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Primary and secondary search were conducted, but no one was located.

No Injuries to firefighters or civilians was reported.

The cause of this 2nd alarm fire is currently unknown and under investigation.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/22/2020 1620 PST

Canadian Firefighters Fight Major St Catharines Fire

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Firefighters battled for several hours heavy smoke and flames in a commercial structure located at 11 Cushman Road in the sixth largest city of Canada’s Niagara Region on Friday night into Saturday morning early hours.

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time.  Fire investigators were called during the incident to respond to the scene.  A preliminary determination as not been released as of this post.

RESOURCES

Pumpers 1, 2, 3, 4 ,6; Ladders 2, 4, 5. Car 3. Safety Officer. Air Units.

OPERATIONS

Incident Timer | 40 minutes

Firefighters had reported about five minutes earlier, that they were using Blitzfire (deck guns from research) on the Bravo side. There was no visible fire on the exterior and the black smoke was decreasting.  A knockdown of fire in the main area and water on the hot spots was in progress.

Fire Weather Temps:  30F but feels like 19F

However, one minute later, Command reported that the color of the smoke was changing and escaping where the cinder block meets the metal of the building structure.  Command then reported they were in defensive operations, applying water and reporting heavy smoke conditions.

Evacuations were completed for the structure north of the fire building. A heat signature was reported by fire crews on the Delta side.  On the Bravo side, there was zero visibility. Fire heading towards a fire break on Cushman Road and would eventually penetrate the cinder block and tresses on the Bravo side.  A collapse zone for firefighters was immediately established.

Incident Timer | 50 minutes

 Command reported same fire conditions and four ladders, as well as a second water supply as needed immediately.  The water supply group asked Dispatch where the two nearest hydrants were located, which were determined to be at 6 Cushman Road and on Skyway.

A short time thereafter, instead of four ladders, five were requested by Command. Fire had breached the wall on the Bravo side.  Water was on the fire at the time.

Incident Timer | 60 minutes

Visible flames were reported to Command that were burning over the door on building one (we believe to be an exposure building) on the Bravo side.   Command indicated to Dispatch, they were still in defensive operations, heavy smoke and flames and were looking for the four ladders.

Dispatch indicated they were still waiting for another person so that all four of them could be en route together.  Command asked the Safety Officer to ensure there was enough room to enable the four ladders to enter the area and immediately set-up aerial/masterstream operations.

Finally, an additional person showed up and the four ladders were now en route as they were fully manned.  However, they were still waiting for a runner for refilling of their air bottles.

Request for salt via City Yards was requested.

Incident Timer | 80 minutes

Fire appeared to be cooling on the Alpha side but the interior fire on the Delta side had crossed over and was heading past areas where fire breaks were thought to be but were not.

Fire Weather:  Humdity at 59% 

Black smoke was still being reported.  Ladder 4’s crew found a pocket of heavy fire they were working on.   A runner finally was located and en route to the fire ground.

Incident Timer | 90 minutes

Same fire conditions were reported. The gas company was having difficulties shutting off the gas and were working on securing it in the roadway.

Traffic cams were reporting a major fire that had broken out at the base of St. Catharines Skyway Bridge on Cushman Road.  Drivers were reportedly stopping ont the Skyway causing traffic delays.

Incident Timer | 110 minutes

HYDRO had arrived on-scene quickly and secured the power.  The incident timer was switched over to every 20 minutes.

They were still in defensive operations, making good progress and dumping large amounts of water on the fire building.

Firefighters were sent to REHAB and told to take a rest.

Fire had breached the roof and it was reported temps in the Delta wall had reached 103*C  or 217*F.  Car 3 had arrived on-scene.  Finally, gas was secured at the fire building. Service Truck 6  (air unit) had also arrived on-scene.

Incident Timber | 130 minutes

Firefighters were still in defensive operations, making headway and had a heavy water flow.

While a ladder company was implementing masterstream operations, they blew a hole in one of the fire building’s walls, deeming it to be too unsafe to send in firefighters inside. Everyone was ordered to stay away from that area.

Incident Timer  | 170 minutes

 The timer was switched to every 30 minutes via request from Cushman Command. Same reported fire conditions. Most of the fire was knocked down.

Incident Timer | 200 minutes

Light smoke. Operations shut down for 10 minutes. Everyone is taking a break.

Incident Timer | 230 minutes

Defensive operations. Checking for hot spots and in overhaul.  Shortly after this report by Command, fire operations had ceased.  No primary or secondary searches would be conducted.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog  | 2-21-2020 | 2345 hours PST / 0245 EST

Firefighters Respond to Commercial Fire, Save Structure

California | Alameda County Firefighters responded to an apartment complex in unincorporated Ashland to a commercial structure fire around 2033 hours this evening.

A fire reportedly broke out in the elevator control room which extended to the second floor.

Firefighters quickly egressed and stopping the fire from extending further into the structure, saving the building from additional damage.

This was a single fire response.

We have reached out to the ACFD for a block number and street name for the address and the unit that responded. – Ed.

#ACFD #AshlandFire 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/21/2020 2200 hours PST

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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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