West Seattle Residential Fire: Firefighters Rescue Animals

SEATTLE – On Tuesday, January 3, 2016, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Firefighters were dispatched to SW Spokane and SW Manning Streets for a residential fire. Reports indicated animals may be still inside the home.

Firefighters arrived to a large amount of smoke in the area. Firefighters immediately entered the home, completed a primary search and ventilated the fire through a vertical vent. A secondary search was completed and the fire extinguished by 1:53 p.m.

There were no reported injuries. Firefighters rescued a cat and a dog from the basement and Firefighter Paramedics examined the animals.

Fire Investigation Unit members are currently investigating the cause of fire and estimated damages.


Queen Anne Fatal Residential Fire

SEATTLE – On Thursday, December 17, 2016, at 6:12 a.m., Firefighters were dispatched to the 1900 block of 6th Avenue West for a house fire. First arriving units were advised of a resident still inside the home, possibly located in the bedroom.

Firefighters quickly extended hose lines into the residence and initiated a search. Flames were visible from the back of the house with smoke coming from the front door and additional flames impinging on the residence to the right. During the search, Firefighters located one deceased adult female in the kitchen area of the home. Crews continued to fight the fire by cutting holes in the roof to ventilate smoke and applying water. The fire was successfully extinguished at approximately 7:05 a.m.

A Firefighter/Paramedic suffered a minor knee injury and was transported by a medic unit to an area hospital. The Red Cross and the Seattle Fire Department’s Chaplain were on-scene to provide support for surviving family members.

Fire Investigation Unit members are currently investigating the cause of fire and estimated damages.

Lake Union Boat Fire

SEATTLE – On Saturday, December 17, 2016, at approximately 2:21 a.m., Firefighters were dispatched to the 1200 block of Westlake Avenue for reports of heavy black smoke coming from a vessel on Lake Union.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find black smoke coming from a wooden pleasure craft. Upon entering the interior space, firefighters discovered the entire vessel filled with heavy smoke and fire in the walls. Firefighters suppressed the fire by cutting through the interior and utilizing fire extinguishers. The smoke was ventilated and the fire was successfully extinguished by approximately 3:40 a.m.

There were no reported injuries.

Fire Investigation Unit members are currently investigating the cause of fire and estimated damages.


Woodland Park Zoo 2-11 Fire

SEATTLE – On Thursday, December 15, 2016, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Firefighters were dispatched to the 600 block of N 59th Street for a fire at Woodland Park Zoo. Firefighters arrived to find flames from the Night Exhibit building, where Zoo staff had evacuated guests and had a plan to evacuate animals.

First arriving units laid hose lines to the interior of the exhibit and to the main floor, quickly extinguishing the fire where it had initiated. Firefighters were also able to successfully contain and extinguish all extended flames in the attic by 4:30 p.m. SFD worked closely with Zoo employees to evacuate animals and coordinate a team that moved live animals during the process. Upon extinguishing the fire, Firefighters checked for hot spots and were on scene until 7:30 a.m., Friday, December 16, 2016, to monitor the area.

Two firefighters were injured in the incident, one with minor burns and the other from possible contact with an electrical panel while firefighting. Both were transported to Harborview Medical Center where they were treated and released.

The Fire Investigation Unit members arrived to investigate the exhibit building designed to display nocturnal animals. However, due to structural instability and partial collapse, Fire Investigators were unable to determine a specific cause.

The damage of this incident is estimated at $1.5 million dollars.

Photo Credit to John Olegard.

Media Advisory: Seattle Fire Department Participates in the 2016 Toys for Tots Program with A Child Becomes Preschool

SEATTLE – Media is invited to a Toys for Tots program gift drop-off event on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Fire Station 29. Participants will include approximately 30 students from A Child Becomes Preschool and Engine 29 Firefighters. The students and their parents will drop-off their donated toys and sing holiday songs for the Firefighters. Members of the media should arrive by 9:45 a.m. for interviews prior to the event.

Date: December 14, 2016

Time: 9:45 a.m.

Location: Fire Station 29, 2139 Ferry Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Each year, the Seattle Fire Department participates in the nationwide Toys for Tots program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Fire Stations serve as drop-off points for new and unwrapped toys for those wishing to donate to economically disadvantaged children during the holidays. The toys collected are then distributed by the Marine Corps to area nonprofit organizations that serve the community.

The toy drive runs December 5 – 23, 2016.