On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Firefighters were dispatched to Discovery Park after receiving multiple reports of smoke and flames visible from a large residential structure. Firefighters arrived to find a large duplex with fire inside all three levels with flames spreading to the exterior of the southern unit. The exterior fire was extinguished and firefighters made their way into the structure to check for occupants. The search for occupants was accomplished on all levels while an aggressive fire attack was attempted, but the structural hazards such as burned out stairways and the worsening fire conditions forced the firefighters to withdraw from the building. A defensive fire strategy was then initiated in which the fire was fought from the outside with large elevated hose streams. One worker suffered minor burns while trying to extinguish the fire in its early stage and was transported to Harborview Medical Center. The cause was determined to be accidental. Damage Estimate $3,000,000.
Is your household ready for the forecasted storm this weekend?
Make sure you have an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water, flashlights and a radio. For more tips and checklists to help you prepare, visit Seattle Office of Emergency Management.
If you have not already, take a few minutes and sign up for AlertSeattle, the City of Seattle’s emergency notification system. It will keep you informed regarding weather-related information and power outages.
Remember, Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a dangerous, odorless, poisonous gas. Heating and cooking devices that burn fuel can be sources of CO. Follow these tips to help keep your house fire and carbon monoxide safe:
- Only use a charcoal grill, hibachi, or portable camping stove outdoors and never use them to heat your home.
- Before lighting a fire, ensure chimneys and flues are in good condition and not blocked.
- Always run a generator and any gas-powered equipment outdoors.
CO can cause severe illness and death. If you experience symptoms of headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and mental confusion; get outside and call 911.
At 1:30 a.m., October 9, fire units were dispatched to the 1700 block of Belmont Avenue after numerous calls reporting “lots of black smoke from floor two and three” of a 25-unit, three-story apartment building. Callers also informed dispatchers that the “alarm is sounding, and occupants are evacuating.”
First arriving units reported smoke visible from floor two, with a possible rescue of an occupant on exterior balcony of floor three. Fire units laid interior lines to floors two and three and quickly brought a second floor room fire under control. The occupant on the balcony evacuated from the interior of the building prior to Seattle Fire Department rescue efforts. The fire was contained to the second floor apartment with some water damage to apartment directly below.
There were no injuries to firefighters, but one occupant sustained injuries while evacuating down the fire escape. She was treated at the scene and transported to Harborview Medical Center via American Medical Response ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
Seattle City Light secured power in the fire room. American Red Cross was called for two adult males from two separate apartments. King County Metro provided a bus for the temporarily displaced residents until it was determined that they could reoccupy.
Fire Investigators determined that the cause of the fire was an overheated extension cord. Damage estimates were $70,000.
Contact: Lieutenant Harold Webb, (206) 250-1892
Seattle Fire Day at MOHAI
Fire safety – Past and Present
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: MOHAI – 860 Terry Ave E.
The Seattle Fire Department and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) are teaming up to kick off Fire Prevention Month with Seattle Fire Day. Admission to the lower level of the museum will be free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visitors can tour antique fire trucks, modern day fire engine, ladder truck and SFD fireboat and watch demonstrations of firefighters in full gear. Additionally, families and kids can engage in fun fire safety activities with the Seattle Fire Department. Try on firefighting gear, participate in hands-on history, listen to firefighter story time, and enjoy a craft center.
For a complete schedule of Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Month activities, including Firefighter Story Times with the Seattle Public Library, visit seattle.gov/fire.
On October 6, fire units were dispatched to investigate the sound of an explosion. The first unit arrived to find no smoke or fire, but noticed significant structural damage to a 2-story brick building with glass and debris in the streets.
The investigation determined that the fire was caused by food left unattended on a portable stove and igniting. The fire heated up an adjacent sealed propane bottle which exploded inside the building.
There were no injuries reported. Red Cross was called for one resident and their pet. Damage was estimated at $205,000.
Contact: Lt. Harold Webb, (206) 250-1892
Fallen Firefighter Memorial
Seattle Fire Department to Honor Fallen Firefighters
Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Occidental Park, in front of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial
The Seattle Fire Department will gather to honor the 112 firefighters nationally who are being memorialized for Line of Duty Deaths.
The local ceremony coincides with the 35th Annual National Fallen Firefighter Memorial weekend held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. During the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial weekend, firefighters from around the country pay tribute to those courageous firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The event will take place in front of the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which pays tribute to all 43 Seattle firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The memorial was inspired by the four Seattle Firefighters who died in the 1995 Mary Pang Warehouse Fire.
Rich in firefighter tradition, the ceremony will begin and end with the presentation of colors by the Walter Kilgore Memorial Honor Guard. The Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums band will play several musical selections and there will be short speeches by Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas, Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Local 27 President Lieutenant Kenny Stuart, Local 2898 President Battalion Chief Alan Cox and Fire Department Chaplain Joel Ingebritson.
The City of Seattle and the Seattle Fire Department were working on a department-wide upgrade to the type of breathing apparatus their firefighters use to meet the current NFPA 1981 Standards.
This required a major procurement for this expensive and mission critical life safety equipment. “Ensuring our firefighters have the equipment they need to stay safe and perform their jobs is our first priority,” said Assistant Chief A.D. Vickery. “Working with MES allowed us to obtain the gear we needed in the required time frame.”
In order to complete the procurement in a timely fashion and take advantage of the FEMA AFG money available, the City elected to take advantage of a cooperative contract made available through the NPPGov/FireRescue GPO program.
Seattle Fire Department worked with nationally recognized fire equipment distributor, MES, to complete a multi-million dollar purchase of Scott Safety SCBA equipment.
For more information about the FireRescue GPO and available cooperative contracts, visit www.nppgov.com/firerescue-gpo.
At approximately 2:40 p.m., September 27, Seattle Fire responded to a three-story multiple residential building for “flames visible on west side of building.” When Engine 37 arrived, they were met by Seattle Police Officers who had swept through the building and effectively evacuated all residents. Fire crews aggressively applied water onto the exterior fire and extinguished it, however the fire had quickly spread to the attic space requiring a third alarm. In total, approximately 122 firefighters assigned to 22 engines and 7 ladder companies were on scene.
Seattle Housing Authority and the American Red Cross assisted the building’s residents with emergency housing.
The investigation showed the fire started on the exterior of the building. Fire Investigators were unable to determine a specific cause. The damage was estimated at 3.3 million dollars.
Contact: Seattle Fire Department PIO Lieutenant Harold Webb (206) 386-1679
SEATTLE – Saturday marks one year since the fatal collision on the Aurora Bridge. On September 24, 2015, the Seattle Fire Department responded to reports of a collision between a “Ride the Ducks” vehicle and a charter bus. Within minutes, 35 Seattle Fire units arrived with more than 90 firefighters to rescue all 51 patients in under 32 minutes.
“The Aurora Bridge Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) had national significance and was widely reported across the nation and internationally,” said Assistant Chief Jay Hagen, Operations Division. “We can all take pride in the actions taken by our members that day, and reflect on our commitment to teamwork, practice and preparation, and skill delivery. Our crews immediately recognized the need to implement the MCI plan. They executed the plan in a manner that resulted in the rapid triage, treatment, and transportation of patients to area hospitals. I am proud of the professionalism displayed on the bridge that day. Our crews were able to extricate all 51 patients in under 32 minutes and transport the critically injured patients away from the scene in less than twenty minutes.”
Who: Aurora Bridge Mass Casualty Incident Commander Chief Tamalyn Nigretto;
Medical Services Officer Lt. John Fisk
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Apparatus Bay – First Floor
SFD Headquarters; 301 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
The Fire Investigation Unit determined the cause of the fire at 5600 West Marginal Way Southwest was spontaneous combustion in a shipping container filled with garbage and tires.
Engine 36 responded to reports of smoke from a barge tied up at the dock. Upon arrival, Engine 36 found a shipping container located on the second level and surrounded by containers was on fire. Due to several of the containers in proximity to the fire containing bulk propane and diesel fuel, the alarm level was increased to a Hazardous Materials Incident with Fire. Based on the amount of combustible material and the location of the container, the Incident Commander than called for a 2-11 response.
Hand lines, ground monitors and ladder pipes were deployed to fight the fire and cool the surrounding containers including the bulk propane and diesel fuel. SFD worked with the facility to move nearby containers in order to better access the main fire container.
Several other agencies assisted in the response including the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard for traffic control and spill response, Seattle Public Utilities Spill Response and the Washington State Department of Ecology who jointly evaluated the run off from the fire into the Duwamish river.
There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The damage was estimated at 100,000 dollars.