Firefighters responded to a house fire just after 2:00 a.m. on Friday, September 25 at 2211 N. 59th Street. When firefighters arrived there were flames coming from the second floor of a two story home. Residents were able to get out safely and without any injuries. Firefighters had the fire under control within about 10 minutes. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by an overheated light fixture. Damage was estimated at $70,000.
Mayor Greg Nickels, along with City Councilmember Jean Godden, Fire Chief Gregory Dean, Fleets and Facilities Director Brenda Bauer, firefighters assigned to Engine 38 and members of the community today broke ground for the new Fire Station 38 in the Hawthorne Hills neighborhood. The current facility, built in 1930, is the smallest among Seattle’s 33 neighborhood fire stations.
Funded by the 2003 Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy program, the new station is one of 18 Fire Levy projects. Replacing the old Fire Station 38 is an important step towards bringing Seattle’s fire facilities into the 21st century.
The new, larger station will meet current seismic code — and provide the space necessary for modern equipment and operational requirements. The replacement station is designed to withstand an earthquake and allow firefighters to provide critical services to the community.
Fire Station 38, located at 5503 33rd Avenue NE, houses Engine 38. In 2008, Engine 38 went on more than 1,781 alarms. The new station, located seven blocks east of the current station at 4004 NE 55th Street, will more than triple in size, expanding from 2,568 square feet to 8,328 square feet.
Father and son, Dan (right in photo) and James (left in photo) Richards, fought their first fire together today when both Engine 39 and Engine 31 were dispatched to a house fire in Lake City. Dan Richards has worked for the Seattle Fire Department for 37 years and normally works as the driver on Ladder 9, which responds out of Fire Station 17 in the University District. His son James has been working for the Seattle Fire Department for five years and works on Engine 31 which responds out of Fire Station 31 in Northgate. The father-son duo typically work on different shifts so they don’t run into each other at work very often. Dan was working an extra shift today on Engine 39, which responds out of Fire Station 39 in Lake City.
Firefighters responded to a house fire at 14092 23rd Place NE at 9:12 a.m. Wednesday morning. When Engine 39 arrived at the scene they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the front side of a one story house. One occupant was able to get out of the house safely prior to the Fire Department’s arrival. The fire spread up into the attic space and firefighters cut holes in the roof to ventilate and pulled apart the ceilings to ensure that the hotspots were put out. Forty firefighters responded to the fire and there were no injuries. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by combustible materials placed too close to an operating wood stove. Damage was estimated at $180,000.
Improperly discarded smoking materials caused an accidental fire in the 7500 block of 20th Ave NE in the Wedgwood neighborhood on Sunday. Firefighters responded to reports of a building fire at 5:17 p.m. and found smoke and flames coming from the back side of a mixed residential and commercial building. Firefighters cut through a fence to reach the the blaze. Residents were able to get out of the apartments on their own and there were no injuries. Residents of two apartments were displaced by the fire and there was some smoke and water damage to an adjacent building. More than 50 Seattle Firefighters responded to the fire.
Seattle Fire Department Fire Investigators determined that fireworks caused an early morning fire in the University District on Sunday. Firefighters responded to the 4200 block of 12 Avenue NE at approximately 12:30 am July 5. Fireworks ignited a mattress that was leaning up against a detached garage. The fire extended from the mattress to the garage to the vacant house next door. Four fire engines, two ladder trucks, a medic unit and an aid car responded to the fire, along with support units. The fire was quickly put out and there were no injuries. Damage caused by the fire was estimated at $65,000.
At 11:05 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, more than 30 Seattle firefighters responded to a report of fire at 4200 University Way Northeast. When the first unit arrived on the scene they found heavy flames inside a copy shop located on the first floor of a three story apartment building. Firefighters quickly attacked the fire, and through their efforts, the flames were knocked down in approximately ten minutes.
Crews evacuated residents from apartments above the copy shop and got everyone out of the building with no injuries. Quick work by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading beyond the copy shop.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by an overheated electrical cord. Damage was estimated at $600,000, including $200,000 in damages to the structure and $400,000 to the contents of the copy shop.