Due to the amount of interest, the venue for tonight’s community meeting has moved from Upper Crust Catering to the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. The meeting is sponsored by the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department to talk about the recent arsons in the Greenwood neighborhood and what residents can do to help prevent arson. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10 at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 7500 Greenwood Avenue North.
The Seattle Fire Department will be conducting arson patrols and distributing arson prevention information in response to recent arsons in the Greenwood neighborhood.
Two fires occurred early this morning that fire investigators believe were started by the same person. The first fire was set on the back porch of a business at 3:43 a.m. at 300 Northwest 85th Street. Neighbors used fire extinguishers to help contain the fire until firefighters arrived. The fire did not extend to the business and there were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $5,000. Shortly afterwards, at 4:11 a.m. firefighters responded to a fire at North 84th Street and Greenwood Avenue North. This fire was set between two buildings and damaged the exteriors of both buildings. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $20,000.
On October 23, a fire was set in the Green Bean coffee house that burned three other businesses and caused $2 million in damages. Investigators are working to determine whether this fire is connected to this morning’s fires.
Anyone with information that may be related to arson can call the Arson Alarm Hotline at 1-800-55-ARSON. A reward may be provided for an arson conviction. For any suspicious activity taking place, please call 911.
Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in a three story apartment building at 13437 Greenwood Avenue North in the Bitter Lake neighborhood just before 11:30 p.m. on Monday night. When the first units arrived on the scene they found smoke in the hallways and a small fire in an interior stairwell on the first floor. Fire Investigators determined that this fire was intentionally set. The fire caused $1,700 in damage to the carpet and a door in the stairwell. There were no injuries.
Just after 3:00 a.m. on Monday November 2, Seattle firefighters responded to a fire in a two story home located at 700 North 103rd Street. When firefighters arrived they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the door and windows of the house. All occupants got out of the home safely and there were no injuries. Due to the extensive amount of fire, firefighters took a defensive stance and fought the fire from the outside of the building.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental – caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Damage was estimated at $320,000.
As the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches on Sunday, November 1st, the Seattle Fire Department wants to remind residents to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks. Smoke alarms powered by lithium long-life batteries do not need to be changed yearly.
Most fire deaths happen in homes without working smoke alarms. The most commonly cited cause of nonworking smoke alarms: dead or missing batteries. In a home fire, a working smoke alarm can cut the risk of death by half.
The Seattle Fire Department can install smoke alarms and batteries free of charge in homes where the homeowner is either a senior citizen, living on a low income, or has a disability. If you live outside the city of Seattle, please contact your local Fire Department to request assistance.
Smoke alarm maintenance is one of the simplest methods of protecting your home and family from fires. For more information or to request assistance changing smoke alarms and batteries contact the Seattle Fire Department at (206) 386-1337.
Seattle Fire Investigators completed their investigation today into a three alarm fire that occurred in Greenwood last week and have determined that the fire was set in a coffee shop by an unknown suspect. Damage is estimated at $2 million which includes damage to the building and the contents of four businesses.
Firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the area of Greenwood Avenue and Northwest 85th Street just after 4:00 a.m. on October 23. When firefighters arrived on the scene they saw smoke and flames coming from the roof of a one-story building in a block that contained three restaurants, a coffee shop, a theatre and a beauty school.
Nearly 100 Seattle Firefighters fought the fire for over two hours before they brought it under control. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one building and save the adjacent buildings except for smoke and water damage. One firefighter suffered an ankle injury in the fire. There were no other injuries.
Firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the area of Greenwood Ave and NW 85th Street at 4:09 this morning. When firefighters arrived on the scene they saw smoke and flames coming from the roof of a one-story building in a block that contained three restaurants, a coffee shop, a theatre and a beauty school. No one was inside the building where the fire occurred and the residents of nearby apartments to the east of the fire were safely evacuated. One firefighter suffered a minor ankle injury.
Firefighters also evaluated a number of cats inside a nearby PAWS animal shelter and waited until representatives from PAWS arrived to care for the animals.
Nearly 100 Seattle Firefighters fought the three-alarm fire for more than two hours before it was under control. Firefighters initially attacked the fire from inside the building but a decision was made to fight the fire defensively after a roof collapsed and it became too dangerous to stay inside the building. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one building and save the adjacent structures except for some smoke and water damage.
Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the day to watch for smoldering hot spots. Due to the instability of the structure where the fire occurred, it may take fire investigators several days to determine the cause of the fire.
Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February, and even though it’s only October, cold temperatures outside mean Seattle residents are turning on heaters at home. As the cold weather begins, please keep in mind that while baseboard heaters are very efficient, they can be a serious fire hazard if used carelessly. Common sense can prevent a baseboard heater fire. Any time a flammable object comes in contact with a heater, a fire could result.
Home Heating Safety Tips
- Keep items away from all heaters, including baseboard heaters.
- All furniture, curtains, or any other items should be kept at least 12 inches away from baseboard heaters.
- Never block the flow of heat.
- Have your heating systems and chimneys inspected, cleaned and repaired prior to the heating season.
Make certain smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Test your smoke alarms monthly. You should change the batteries at least once a year unless you use long life lithium batteries which last up to ten years.
For more fires safety information visit: http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/brochures/brochures.htm
The Seattle Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit has determined that a series of fires in the University District were intentionally set. At least three fires have been set in the area since Saturday night. Investigators determined that the two fires that occurred on Saturday night were connected. At this time they have not determined that the fire set Monday night is connected.
October 3 – 5520 15 Ave NE: Fire intentionally set to an abandoned couch outside of an apartment building The fire occurred at approximately 7:55 p.m. and extended to the wooden exterior siding of the building. There were no injuries. Damage was estimated at $5,000.
October 3 – 5611 University Way NE: Fire intentionally set to a mattress and other combustible materials leaning up against the wall of an apartment building at approximately 8:03 p.m. The fire did not extend to the structure and there were no injuries.
October 5 – 5200 Brooklyn Ave NE: Fire intentionally set at approximately at 8:28 p.m. to a couch discarded in an alley behind a private residence. Fire extended to a wooden staircase and fence. There were no injuries. Damage was estimated at $1,000.
Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Arson Alarm Hotline number at 1-800-55-ARSON. The Seattle Police Department is handling the criminal investigations.
On Monday afternoon, firefighters distributed Arson Watch Flyers in the neighborhood with tips on steps individuals can take to make a difference in protecting their home or business. The Seattle Fire Department urges the following steps:
- Lock doors and windows of your home, garage and car.
- Clear carport areas of anything that could fuel a fire.
- Clean up wastepaper, long grass, weeds, litter, or anything that can burn from around buildings.
- Locate dumpsters, recycling bins and yard waste containers at least five feet away from combustible walls and openings of roof eave lines.
- Do not allow waste, recycle or yard waste containers to become overfilled.
- Trim shrubbery away from doors and windows to improve visibility.
- Leave indoor and outdoor lighting on during hours of darkness. Consider installing devices that automatically turn on outdoor lights when they sense darkness or movement outside the home.
- Install smoke alarms on a ceiling or high on the wall outside of the bedrooms on each level of the home.
- Change smoke alarm batteries once a year.
- Test and clean smoke alarms regularly.
- Have a plan of escape showing two ways out of every room in your home, especially bedrooms.
- Regularly practice your escape plan by holding fire drills in your home.
- Ensure that windows used for escaping can be opened easily.
- Ensure that your house numbers are clearly visible from the street.
On Friday, October 2, the Seattle Fire Department, in partnership with the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will kick off Fire Prevention Month with a special program: Lessons of the Past & Present: What the Seattle Fire can teach us about fire safety today. Admission to the museum will be free, and from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., visitors can tour antique fire trucks, a modern ladder truck and see arson dog demonstrations with Henny the Arson Dog.
Inside MOHAI, kids can talk with firefighters about their jobs today, and enjoy firefighter story times and fire safety activities. Also on view is the Great Seattle Fire exhibit which includes the infamous glue pot that supposedly started the massive blaze.
During October, MOHAI educators, in partnership with the Seattle Fire Department, will be offering an elementary classroom program: Cracking the History Code: Lessons of the Great Seattle Fire. Registration is available at www.seattlehistory.org.
For a complete schedule of Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Month activities, including Firefighter Story Times at Seattle Public Libraries, visit www.seattle.gov/fire