U-District Kitchen Fire in a Community Center

SEATTLE – At 5:23 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, firefighters were dispatched to the 4200 Blk. of Mary Gates Memorial Dr. NE for a report of a kitchen fire.  The first arriving engine saw smoke coming from the first floor.  Crews quickly put water on the fire and kept it confined to the kitchen and common area, and the fire was extinguished within 30 minutes.  All occupants had safely exited the building prior to Seattle Fire’s arrival.  There were no reported injuries to members of the public or to any firefighter.  There was a total of 20 apparatus on scene, including 6 engines and 3 ladder trucks.

Fire investigators responded to the scene and were unable to determine a cause of the fire. The estimated loss to the structure was $300,000 and $50,000 to contents.

Promotional Ceremony

SEATTLE – On February 28, 2018 the Seattle Fire Department held a promotional ceremony with Fire Chief Harold Scoggins swearing in three new officers:

  • Lt. Kurt Plunkett to the rank of Captain
  • Firefighter Brian Hart to the rank of Lieutenant
  • Firefighter Kevin Dumont to the rank of Fireboat Engineer

Chief Scoggins also welcomed three new Seattle Fire employees:

  • Christa Williams, Payroll Supervisor
  • Jenny Jiang, Accountant
  • Lucas Jelovich, Fire Equipment Technician

Lastly, Debbie Brooks, Senior Executive Assistant, was recognized for her 35 years of service and dedication to the department.  Congrats to all!

Ballard Apartment Fire

SEATTLE – At 3:56 a.m. on February 28, 2018 the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting a fire in an apartment on the 6700 Block of 24 Avenue NW. Engine 18 arrived first on scene and reported flames visible from the apartment.  Crews quickly put water on the fire to keep it from spreading to other apartments and the fire was extinguished within 30 minutes.

All occupants had safely exited the building prior to Seattle Fire’s arrival.  There were no reported injuries to members of the public or to any firefighter. Red Cross was requested for three adult females.

The fire was ruled accidental due to an unattended candle.  It is recommended to use flame-less candles as a safer option.  The estimated loss to the structure was $120,000 and $50,000 to contents.

 

Crown Hill House Fire

SEATTLE – On Monday, February 19 at 2:58 a.m. the Fire Alarm Center received multiple 911 calls for a house fire on the 9000 Blk of 12 Ave NW. Engine 35 arrived first on scene and reported heavy fire already through the roof. Because of the heavy volume of fire in the structure, crews applied water from the outside which kept the fire from damaging other residences. The fire was completely extinguished by 4:52 a.m.

At the height of the fire, four engines and two ladder trucks were on-scene. There were no occupants inside the house, and one firefighter sustained a minor injury from a ground level fall.

Fire investigators are still investigating the cause so it is undetermined at this time. Estimated loss is $300,000 to the structure and $100,000 to contents.

Photo credit to John Odegard.

Seward Park House Fire

SEATTLE – The Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call from an Uber driver in the area at 10:12 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 to report a residential house fire. Engine 28 arrived first on scene and reported fire visible from the side of the residence. Crews applied water on the fire and had it under control within 23 minutes and it was completely extinguished by 10:46 a.m.

At the height of the fire, four engines and two ladder trucks were on-scene.  Crews searched the building and there were no reported injuries.  The two occupants were helped out of the house by the Uber driver prior to SFD arrival.

Fire investigators ruled the cause of the fire as accidental. The fire started in the bedroom and extended to the attic space. Estimated loss is $200,000 to structure and $50,000 to contents.