Green Lake Residential Fire

SEATTLE – On Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 1:25 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 7400 block of 5th Avenue NE for an apartment fire.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the north side of the apartment complex and smoke pouring out of the upper window on the east side of the building. Firefighters quickly established a hose line, evacuated and searched the apartment complex, and successfully extinguished the fire by 2:13 p.m.

There were no injuries from this incident. Seattle Police Department was on scene for traffic and the Red Cross notified for displaced residents.

Fire Investigation Unit members determined the cause to be from overheated electrical cords that ignited combustibles. The estimated loss is $70,000.

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University District Residential Fire

 

SEATTLE – On Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 3:51 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 800 block of NE 58th Street for a house fire.

Firefighters arrived to flames inside the home with light smoke coming from the second floor. They quickly established hose lines and successfully extinguished the fire by 4:13 p.m. Firefighters remained overnight to monitor the scene.

There were no injuries from this incident. Firefighters rescued a dog and a cat that were inside the home. All other occupants were out of the house when firefighters arrived.

Fire Investigation Unit members determined that a fire in the furnace located in the basement of the residence had spread. The estimated loss is $70,000.

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Highway Overturned Propane Tanker

SEATTLE – On Monday, February 28, 2017, at 10:12 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the area of Interstate 5 and Interstate 90 for a traffic incident that involved a 10,000-gallon propane semi-truck.

Two other vehicles were involved in the incident with the semi-truck causing it to roll-over onto the highway. Firefighters extricated the driver of the tanker and transported him to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries. Two additional patients were also transported for evaluation.

The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) deployed specialty units to ensure the tanker was safely and properly moved. SFD’s Hazardous Materials (HazMat) unit investigated contents of the rolled-over tanker that was blocking the highway. They continued to check for hazardous material throughout the incident and ensured any potential hazard was contained. A second tank truck was brought to the scene to off-load the propane prior to lifting the damaged tanker off the highway. Seattle Fire Department’s Rescue 1 Company that specializes in technical rescues and operations assisted in the procedure, while HazMat remained on scene to monitor any leakages throughout the process.

A unified command was established in conjunction with the Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol, and Washington Department of Transportation for this incident. Liaisons from the Washington Department of Energy and Natural Response Corporation were also on scene to assist.

The City of Seattle activated the Emergency Operations Command and Joint Information Center to support operations surrounding this event until 7:05 p.m.

 

Beacon Hill Residential Fire

SEATTLE – On Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 1:44 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 5000 block of 12th Avenue South for a house fire.

Firefighters saw visible smoke from three blocks away as they were en-route to the scene. Upon arrival, they found flames coming from the basement and first floor with down power lines in the street. Firefighters quickly applied water from the outside before entering the home to extinguish the fire.

There were no injuries from this incident. Seattle City Light responded to cut power lines.

Fire Investigation Unit members determined the fire stemmed from an incendiary fire in the basement. Seattle Police Department’s Arson/Bomb Squad was notified for further investigation.

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West Seattle Residential Fire

SEATTLE – On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 1:32 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 9000 block of 16th Avenue SW for a residential fire.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the structure with visible flames. They quickly applied water and evacuated adjacent buildings due to potential smoke inhalation and the risk of fire spread. Residents safely returned to their homes after the evacuated buildings were cleared for re-occupancy. Firefighters remained overnight to monitor and coordinate information about the fire with fire investigators who returned later in the morning.

There were no injuries from this incident. Seattle Public Utilities responded to coordinate water use and drainage.

Fire Investigation Unit members were unable to determine the cause of the fire due to the structure being unsafe to enter.

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