West Seattle Home Fire Caused by Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials

July 20-At 1:22 a.m., neighbors called 911 to report smoke coming from the basement of a home located in the 4400 block of SW Graham Street. Neighbors attempted to knock on the door to wake up the occupants of the home.

When firefighters arrived to find flames visible from the crawl space of the home The two occupants were able to safely evacuate the home. The flames were on the exterior and extended to the siding of the home. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes.

Fire investigators determined the cause to be accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials ignited a wooden planter of the front porch. The fire spread to exterior siding and crawlspace. The damage estimate is $50,000.

There were no injuries.  The adult male and female declined the Red Cross assistance and found their own temporary housing.

Firefighters Rescue South Park Woman from Burning Apartment Building

July 18—Seattle firefighters rescued a woman from a second floor window of a burning apartment building in South Park this morning.

At 3:28 p.m. firefighter dispatchers received multiple calls of a two-story apartment building on fire in the 1000 block of S Thistle St. Callers reported a person trapped on the second floor of the burning complex. Engine Company 26 arrived to find flames shooting out of the building and began a rescue effort, pulling a trapped female tenant from her burning apartment using a ladder.  There were four residents home at the time of the fire and all four safely escaped. None of the occupants needed medical attention.

Firefighters used multiple hose lines to knock down the fire. It took 20 minutes to knock down the flames, and 45 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

The fire started on the outside of the building and extended to the structure. The fire investigator determined the damage estimate is $200,000 to the structure and $100,000 to the contents. The Seattle Police Arson Bomb Squad was called to assist in the investigation. The cause is under investigation..

One firefighter was transported to Harborview Medical Center by medics as a precaution after becoming overheated.

Community invited to check out Seattle’s latest fire station renovation

SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 11, located at 1514 SW Holden St. in the Highland Park neighborhood, during an open house on July 18, 2015, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Thanks to voters, Fire Station 11 has been upgraded to provide a safer environment for our firefighters as they serve our community,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This is your fire station, and I encourage you to join the celebration.”

Fire Station 11 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Built in 1971, Fire Station 11 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $1.04 million project.

Fire Station 11 houses one engine company (E11) and a reserve ladder unit. The crew remained at the station during construction.

“Last year Engine Company 11 responded to more than 2,100 emergencies, assisting people in their greatest times of need,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “This is a chance for the community to see the remodeled fire station and meet the men and women who serve them on a daily basis.”

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, Station 11 received additional seismic bracing to meet current codes. The remodel provided capacity for apparatus bay support functions, including decontamination, crew preparation and vehicle maintenance areas. The station office and lobby was also remodeled for greater operational efficiency and security.

The Fire Station 11 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by Weaver Architects and built by Van Rossen Construction. Construction began in June 2014 and was completed in April 2015.


West Seattle Fire Caused $70,000 in Damage

Fire Investigators determined a basement fire in a 2-story home was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials under the porch of the house.  The damage estimate is $50,000 the building and   $20,000 to the contents.

The 911 call came in at 5:46 a.m. reporting smoke coming from the back of a home located in the 4000 block of 23rd Avenue SW.  When firefighter arrived they found the lone occupant of the house outside. The crews searched the house and did not find anyone else inside. It took fire crews 20 minutes to control the flames and 40 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

There were no injuries. The occupant evacuated with one of his 2 dogs. His other dog and a cat did not survive the fire.



West Seattle Two Alarm Fire is Ruled as Accidental

May 1—Seattle Fire Investigators determined a two-alarm fire that damaged three homes was accidental, caused by an improperly installed heater on a back porch. The damage estimate is $2.7 million dollars total for all three homes.

On Thursday April 30th at 4:44 p.m., multiple 911 calls came into the Fire Alarm Center reporting smoke coming from a home in the 6700 block of 46th Avenue SW.  The first responding engine company  saw a large column of black smoke and called for a two-alarm fire response which doubled the number of fire units and personnel responding to the fire.

When crews arrive, they found two homes on fire with flames exposing to a third home. Soon, the third home was on fire. The Incident Commander called for three additional engine companies to assist with current fire crews on scene. At the height of the fire, nearly 100 firefighters and dozens of fire units were on scene.

Crews quickly determined that all occupants had safely evacuated the residences. A female occupant of the first fire house had escaped. A male and two females escaped the home to the north. The owner of the home to the south was out of town.

One significant challenge for firefighters was the long narrow hillside road with limited access.

As the fire progressed, firefighters connected to the four hydrants closest to the burning homes in two separate water pressure zones.  This included two hydrants above the fire and two below the fire. One of the initial four hydrants was located on Fauntleroy Ave SW which was about the length of two football fields.

As standard practice, Seattle Public Utilities responded to the fire scene to boost water flow on hydrants. The hydrants are owned, operated and maintained by Seattle Public Utilities. The Seattle Fire Code does not regulate SPU fire hydrants in the City of Seattle.

For the first two homes, firefighters took a defensive position, fighting the fire from the outside. They used the deck gun mounted on the first engine and a two-and-a-half inch hand line.

For the third home, firefighters ran an interior attack and crews worked to extinguish the fire on multiple floors.

The original fire house and the house to the south had partial collapses and firefighters were not able to enter.

There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters.

Multiple agencies assisted with the fire operation:

Seattle City Light
Seattle Police Department
Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle Department of Transportation
Metro Transit
Puget Sound Energy
South King County Fire Units From Zone 3 including:

  • Kent Fire Department
  • Renton Fire Department
  • Tukwila Fire Department
  • SeaTac Fire Department
  • South King County Fire Department