Seattle Firefighters respond to six full-response fires in approximately 6 hour period

Thursday July 30th was a busy day for Seattle Firefighters.  Beginning shortly after 1 p.m. fire crews were dispatched to six full-response fires. Each full-response involves:

Deputy Chief
2 Battalion Chiefs
Safety Chief
Staffing Office
4 Fire Engines
2 Ladder Trucks
Aid Car
Medic unit
Air Unit

Phinney Ridge  Fire

Photo Courtesy Mike Heaton

Photo Courtesy Mike Heaton

Photo Courtesy Mike Heaton

 

 

The first fire came in at 1:05 p.m. to a home located in the 100 block of NW 83rd Street.  The occupant was home with his dog when workers laying insulation in the attic noticed smoke and everyone evacuated the home.  When firefighters arrived they found smoke pouring from both sides of the 2-story home.  The firefighters entering the home experienced high heat.  Crews fought the fire from both the interior and exterior while ladder companies cut holes in the roof to vent the charged smoke from the structure. It took 40 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

The cause was accidental, mechanical damage of electrical wiring system during the installation of insulation.  The damage estimate is $70,000. There were no injuries.

The Red Cross was called to provide assistance to one adult male, one adult female and one child.

Due to temperatures reaching 90 degrees, misting fans were deployed in the firefighter rehabilitation area to cool fire crews off.

Boat Fire

At 1:30 firefighters were called to the 7300 block of 4th Avenue South to a 75 foot tug boat with a fire in the bow. Workers welding below deck ignited insulation in the boat. It took crews about 30 minutes to control the fire.

There were no injuries.

Capitol Hill Fire

At 4:15 p.m. firefighters were called to an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Broadway East. When crews arrive they found everyone had evacuated the 3-story apartment complex. Crews were able to extinguish an exterior deck fire on the second floor. The flames extended to an adjacent wall but did not make their way into the building. The cause of the fire was combustible oil left on the deck which ignited.

There were no injuries.

 

Central District Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 4:40 p.m. multiple 911 calls came into Firefighter /Dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames and smoke coming from a 2-story apartment building with basement in the 5090 block of 27th Avenue in the Central District. When firefighters arrived, they found a wall of flames coming from the front of the complex. Several residents had to evacuate the complex and run through flames coming from the front porch. Several animals were trapped inside the burning structure.

The incident commander called for a second alarm bringing in nearly 80 firefighters to the scene. The extra resources were needed to rotate crews in and out of the burning building due to the hot weather.

Firefighters were able to save a Chihuahua and two cats. A third cat was missing.  Fire crews found the dog and one cat in a first floor apartment. The fire investigator found the second cat hiding in the basement laundry room.  Medics evaluated and treated the pets for smoke inhalation. The pets were transported to a nearby pet hospital to be checked out by veterinarians.

It took 20 minutes for fire crews to control the flames.

A fire investigator determined the cause to be accidental, the result of improperly discarded smoking materials placed in a plastic pot on the front porch of the home. The damage estimate is $255,000.

There were no injuries.

University District Fire

Photo courtesy of John Odegard

Photo courtesy of John Odegard

 

At 6:12 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 5200 block of 11th Avenue NE for a back porch fire that was extending into a house. When firefighters arrived they found an enclosed back porch full involved with flames extending to their home, to their neighbor’s shed and exposing to a townhome to the south. The fire extended into the attic of the home.

All of the occupants safely evacuated.

It took fire crews 25 minutes to control the flames and 35 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

The fire investigator determined the cause was accidental, the result of improperly discarded smoking materials in a planter pot on a wooden deck. The damage estimate is $70,000.

There were no injuries.

 Ravenna Fire

Photo courtesy of John Odegard

 

At 7:13 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 6500 block of Ravenna Avenue NE for reporting of black smoke coming from the roof of a 2-story building. Firefighters extinguished the flames within two minutes of arriving on scene.

There were no injuries.

The fire was caused by roofers spilling a heated bucket of tar.

3 Maple Leaf Homes Burn in Two-Alarm Fire

 

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

July 23—An early morning fire heavily damages three north Seattle homes in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.At 3 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a fire at a home under construction located in the 8500 block of 8th Avenue NE. When Engine Company 16 arrived, flames were shooting 30-40 feet into the air from the vacant home. The flames exposed to the homes to the north and south of the construction house catching both homes on fire.

The incident commander called for a two-alarm fire, doubling the number of firefighters responding to the scene. The extra firefighters were needed to battle the three burning homes and protect the neighboring properties. At the height of the fire there were 99 firefighters and 29 fire apparatus on the scene.

Two families of four safely evacuated the homes to the north and to the south of the burning structure. Firefighters rescued a bearded dragon pet lizard in its terrarium from the top floor of the burning home to the north.  A cat is still missing from the home to the south.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy smoke from the fire forced the evacuation of an 86th Street home located just to the west of the north house.  Flying embers from the fire landed on a garage/work-shed in the back of the burning homes causing a fence and the shed to catch fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heat of the fire caused about a half dozen second floor windows to break at the Saint Catherine’s School across the street from the burning houses. The school did not suffer any fire or smoke damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The under construction home and the south home are total losses. The north home damage is extensive and is still being assessed. Fire investigator estimate the damage will be more than a million dollars to property and contents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Seattle Police Arson Bomb Squad and the ATF are assisting in the investigation.

There were no injuries.

Women Rescued by Firefighters after Tree Falls on Pool

Firefighters rescued a female in her 60’s who was hit by the top of a 100 foot plus tree that fell on top of her while swimming in a community pool.

The pool accident occurred at 2:14 p.m. in the 13000 block of 25th Ave NE. When firefighters arrived the female was under the tree but conscious and able to breath. Firefighters assisted the patient by lifting her to the pool deck. Medics evaluated her injuries.

AMR ambulance transported the female to Northwest Hospital with a possible arm fracture and head injury. She was in stable condition.

None of the approximately five other people in the pool were injured.

 

Two Alarm Fire Causes $350,000 Damage in University District

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Seattle-At 3:40 a.m.  a Firefighter/Dispatcher at the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting a fire at a house under construction in the 5500 block of 12th Avenue NE in the University District. When firefighters arrived they found flames shooting ten feet from the roof of the under construction town home complex.

The flames had exposed to the roof and attic of a next door boarding house where 8 people lived. The occupants safely evacuated from the burning structure.

With two buildings burning, the incident commander called for a two-alarm fire nearly doubling the amount of resources on the scene.  Due to the heavy flames and with everyone evacuated, the firefighters took a defensive position meaning they fought the fires from the outside.  Eventually firefighters were able to make a transitional attack on the boarding house and fought the fire from the inside. Due to the risk of collapse of the under construction building, a collapse zone was formed around the fire site for the firefighter’s safety.

The fire burned on a nearby power pole causing a low voltage communication line to fall to the ground. Seattle City Light turned off the 110/220 volt power lines serving the building and isolated the damage to its 26,000 volt distribution line, protecting the line and service to an area hospital. About 630 customers were affected by the power outage. City Light crews expected to have power restored by 11 a.m.

The embers from the original fire flew to the roof of a third home on the west side of the burning building. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish those embers.

It took nearly an hour to completely extinguish the flames of the two burning buildings.

Red Cross was called to assist 8 people, 4 adult males and 4 adult females, with temporary housing after being displaced from the fire damaged boarding house.

Investigators are waiting for a building engineer to determine the structural integrity of the under construction townhomes before they can enter the fire scene and determine the cause.

There were no injuries.

 

 

University District Fire Caused by Unattended Candles

April 22- Seattle Fire Investigators determined a basement bedroom fire was accidental caused by unattended candles in a basement bedroom. The damage estimate is $50,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents.

At 11:18 a.m. multiple people called the Fire Alarm Center to report a large column of black smoke coming from the 2-story home with a basement located in the 5500 block of 16th Avenue NE. Engine Company 17 arrived to find 5 people who safely evacuated the home. A search and rescue operation was conducted and no other occupants were found in the house.

It took firefighters approximately 20 minutes from dispatch to completely extinguish the flames. The fire damage was limited to the basement fire unit and surround alcove area. However, the rest of the structure suffered smoke damage.  One deceased cat was found in a second story bedroom.

Medics evaluated 2 patients for minor smoke inhalation but no further treatment was needed.

The Red Cross was called to assist residents with temporary housing. The owner said a total of 7 people live in the home.