Just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night firefighters responded to a reported fire in a Buddhist temple located at 3006 S. Juneau Street. When firefighters arrived at the scene they saw flames coming from the daylight basement of the three story temple. Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire and were able to contain fire damage to the basement. Seven people were able to evacuate the temple safely on their own and there were no injuries. Red Cross assistance was requested for those displaced by the fire. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental – caused by a furnace malfunction. Damage was estimated at $75,000.
Fire Investigators are calling an overnight fatal fire in South Park undetermined pending autopsy results. They spent the day sifting through the charred remains of a garage that caught fire and spread to the attached home causing $310,000 in damage.
Firefighters responded to the fire at 503 S. Trenton Street just after 8:20 p.m. on Monday night. When they arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke and flames had extended from a garage up into the attic of a two story house. A neighbor called 911 and alerted six family members inside the house. They got out safely but fire investigators discovered what is believed to be the body of a family member in the burned out garage.
More than 50 Seattle Firefighters worked to control the blaze.
Early Friday morning firefighters responded to multiple calls reporting a house fire at 5626 S. Hazel Street. When the first engine arrived they found fire on the exterior of the house and flames visible in the attic. Firefighters quickly put the fire out, searched the house and found that everyone got out safely. The fire was accidental – caused by an unattended propane cooker left on outside the home. Fire lapped up the side of the house into the second floor and attic and caused $250,000 in damage. Red Cross assistance was requested for four adults and six children. There were no injuries.
On Saturday, February 6, Seattle Fire Stations will host open houses to celebrate Seattle’s 16th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., residents can stop by their neighborhood fire station to meet firefighters, tour the station and learn about firefighting equipment.
CLICK HERE for the location of your neighborhood fire station.
Visitors should be aware that firefighters may need to respond to an emergency and close the station to visitors during that time. Firefighters will return after the alarm and re-open the station.
Due to system maintenance, Seattle Fire Department’s Real-Time 911 Dispatch will be down on Wednesday, January 27 from approximately 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thank you for your patience during this time.
Firefighters responded to a reported fire in a building located at 308 4th Avenue South just after 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. When firefighters arrived on the scene they found smoke and flames coming from a restaurant on the first floor of the nine story building called the Downtowner Apartments. Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire and they were able to contain the fire to the first floor. Smoke from the fire spread into apartments on the seventh, eighth and ninth floors of the building, and due to smoke conditions, some residents were evacuated. Two Metro busses were brought to the scene to shelter the evacuated residents until they could be allowed back into their homes.
One elderly male was transported to the hospital in a private ambulance for treatment of respiratory issues and one firefighter was transported to Harborview for a knee injury. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental, caused by an electrical problem in the restaurant. Damage was estimated at $250,000.
Early Saturday morning firefighters responded to a fire in an apartment in Queen Anne. The residents got out safely and firefighters put the fire out quickly, but the fire still caused $65,000 in damage to the apartment. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was caused by a baseboard heater that came into contact with combustible materials. Fires caused by furniture, bedding, and other materials placed too close to baseboard heaters and portable heaters are the most common types of heating-related residential fires.
Here are a few tips to keep your home heating safe this winter:
• Give your heaters space – Do not put anything next to a heater.
• Never use an extension cord with a portable heater.
• Make sure your portable heater is tested by an independent testing laboratory and has an automatic shut off feature if it tips over.
• Turn portable heaters off before leaving the room or before going to bed.
• Clean or replace heating furnace filters regularly.
• Never permit electrical cords to drape across heaters.
• Inspect all heating equipment yearly and always hire an experienced electrician to do any necessary repair work on your baseboard heaters.
Fore more on home fire safety, visit http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/homesafety/homeFireSafety.htm
Firefighters responded to a report of a house fire at NE 105th Street and 35th Avenue NE just after 9:40 p.m. on Monday night. When firefighters arrived on the scene they saw smoke and flames coming from the second story of the two story house. Neighbors reported that the house was vacant. The fire was initially fought from the outside of the house until additional resources arrived on scene, and then the decision was made to send firefighters inside the house for an offensive attack. The fire was out in a little over an hour. Firefighters confirmed that there were no people inside. There were no injuries. Fire crews were kept on scene overnight for fire watch.
Fire Investigators determined that this fire was intentionally set. Damage was estimated at $220,000. Seattle Police Department will handle the criminal investigation.
December is the peak month for candle fires. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe when using candles:
- Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
- Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
- Place lighted candles where they won’t be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
- Keep burning candles away from items that can catch on fire such as furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, etc.
Fore more holiday fire safety tips – visit: http://seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/holiday/default.htm
Last week, firefighters at Fire Station 28 in the Rainier Valley moved into a brand new fire station, located at 5968 Rainier Avenue South. Fire Station 28 houses Engine 28, Ladder 12 and Medic 28 and is one of the busiest stations in the City. Ten firefighters live and work at Station 28, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Firefighters working at Station 28 went on nearly 6,000 emergency responses in 2008.
The new Station 28 is nearly double the size of the old station. Space is important, because over the years, fire engines and trucks have grown in size. The new apparatus bay is large enough to comfortably accommodate modern Seattle Fire Department engines and trucks. The new station also has a drive through garage – so firefighters can drive through the back to park in the station and exit the station through the front, instead of backing into a tight space off of busy Rainier Avenue.
Additional space gives crews room to work on equipment, wash the engines and store their gear. The new station also has an area designated for decontamination – so firefighters can safely clean off toxic materials that cover their gear at fire and medical responses.
Improved comforts inside the living area of the station include individual bunkrooms, so firefighters can rest and decompress during busy shifts and an open watch office in the front – with room for the station library which is full of training materials.
This is the first neighborhood fire station completed as part of the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy, passed by Seattle voters in 2003. More information on Fire Levy projects is available at http://www.seattle.gov/fleetsfacilities/firelevy/.