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.

Photo Credit | Lacey Fire District #3

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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.

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

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.

Photo Credits | DC Fire & EMS

(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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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

Texan Firefighters Respond to 2-Alarm Commercial Fire

Incident Summary

Firefighters from the Austin Fire were dispatched to a commercial building fire located in the 6800 block of East US 290 in Austin (Travis County), Texas.

First Due Images

Firefighters arriving on-scene were met with this fiery image of the structure being fully engulfed and the Incident Commander escalated the first alarm to a second alarm around 1513 PST/1713 CST.

Fire Operations

Firefighters quickly egressed on the fire and were able to knock down most of the fire aroudn 1748 PST/1948 CST with containing damage to the fire building. Exposure buildings were saved and not being reported as damaged or destroyed.

The fire building, a 16-unit structure is considered to be a total loss.

Location of Fire Building

These are the Menlo at Mueller, luxurious homes centralized near Highways 290 and 183 and near Interstate 5, as well as near Austin’s city center, shopping, dining and recreational districts.

Credit | Zillow

Cause

No word on the cause of the fire and no preliminary report has been released yet.

The cause is under investigation.

Injuries

No reports of injuries to residents, the public or to firefighters were reported.

Evacuee Resources

The American Red Cross was called to help an unknown number of residents. The property manager was also said to be assisting with their tenants’ needs.

ABOUT AUSTIN, TEXAS

Austin is a vibrant City that proudly is host to many great venues with shopping, entertainment, recreational and additional opportunities in mind for all walks of life.  It is also a fabulous place to photograph, as you can see in the image below. Credit:  Michael Barera (under the Creative Common or CC SA 4.0)

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The City is the Capital of Texas and the largest in Travis County and considered one of the most populated cities in Texas. Texas is home to 964,254 residents, as of their 2018 census records.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/10/20 @ 1850 PST/2050 CST.

 

Seattle Firefighters Respond to T-Mobile Park

SEATTLE, Wash. | Seattle Firefighters were dispatched at 1727 hours PDT on Saturday, May 25th to the City’s baseball park, named the T-Mobile Park and formerly known as Safeco Field.

A small fire was quickly contained in the concession stand.  No word on what caused the fire but units are still on-scene at the Park located in the 1200 block of 1st Avenue South.

The original units dispatched on the “full response” were B2, E5, L1, A10, Air10, B5, Dep1, E2, E25, E6, L3, M10, M44, MAR5, R1 REHAB1, Saft2 and Staff10.

There was no pressers released as to stating which concession stand it was or the extent of the fire damage but some users posted photos of the incident on Social Media.  The fire appeared to be seen from many miles on the ground and in the air.

There were no reports of injuries to civilians or to firefighters.

#SeattleFire #TmobileFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Posted 5/25/2019 @ 1850 hours PDT

MONROE, WA | Apartment Fire Cause Determined | 2

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wa. | Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District #7 were dispatched just after 1900 hours PDT, to an apartment fire located in the 14600 block of 179th Ave SE in Monroe.

The Fire Investigator is on-scene and has determined the fire started in the kitchen.  The cause has not been determined at this time, but the FIU Investigator is currently investigating.

Resources on-scene were from Lake Stevens FD, Everett FD, Woodinville FD, Duvall Fire District #45 and Snohomish FD.  Monroe PD assisted with traffic control duties and the transported the injured kitty to a local vet after Firefighters brought it back to life.

A total of 19 residents have been displaced by the impacted by the fire.  The American Red Cross is currently assisting the families.

#SCFD7Fire #MonroeFire #FireSeason2019

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 4/2/2019 @ 2025 hours PDT