Firefighters Save Cat from Burning West Seattle Home

 

Courtesy: Patrick Sand/ West Seattle Blog

 

 

June 28—A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a Delridge house fire was caused by an overheated power cord in the downstairs bedroom. The cause is considered accidental, electrical. Four people, three cats and about a half-dozen chickens survived fire this morning.

At 11:19 a.m. the tenants of a home located in the 6500 block of Delridge Way SW called 911 to report flames coming from the basement of their single story home with basement.  Two of the occupants attempted to fight the fire with a garden hose but the fire was too large. When Engine Company 32 arrived they found a well involved house fire with flames shooting from the basement, garage, living room and the back of the house.  The fire extended into the attic.  Firefighters began an aggressive attack. It took more than 50 firefighters 15 minutes to control the flames. The crews were able to protect the homes to the north and south of the burning house.

All of the occupants safely evacuated.  Two of the occupant’s cats escaped the fire. Firefighters rescued a third cat found in the basement bedroom. The tenants say all half dozen of their backyard chickens survived the fire.

The Red Cross was called to provide temporary shelter for three adult males and one adult female. There were no injuries.

The fire investigator estimated the damage at $150, 000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents. The house is considered a total loss.

Firefighters will remain on scene as a Fire Watch to ensure the house does not rekindle.

Fire Station 36 Open House

Fire Station 36 hosts an open house

Saturday  July 12, 2014

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

3600 23rd Ave. SW

 

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 36, located at 3600 23rd Ave. SW in the Delridge/Harbor Island neighborhood during an open house on July 12, 2014, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fire Station 36 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 36 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $1.7 million project.

Fire Station 36 houses one engine company (E36), the department’s Tunnel Rescue Unit, and the marine specialty unit designated to serve the south end of Seattle. To ensure continued fire response to the neighborhood while the construction work was ongoing, the crew worked out of an interim facility located nearby.

“Our Marine Emergency Response Team provides vital technical expertise to Incident Commanders during any shipboard emergencies, including fires, hazardous material releases and confined space rescues,” said Fire Chief Gregory Dean. “These firefighters also work closely with the Fireboat crew to protect the 193 miles of city waterfront from disaster.”

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, the roof structure was reworked for seismic strengthening and a new roof was installed. This project added 1,200 square feet of living space to the facility, including a bunkroom with heavily soundproofed walls and an ADA-compliant restroom. The existing south side of the building was reconfigured for a new physical training space, storage for the firefighters’ protective bunker gear, and a new decontamination area. The remodel work also included new mechanical heat pumps for heating and cooling and an upgraded power service.

The Fire Station 36 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by Johnston Architects and built by Kirtley-Cole Associates LLC. Construction began in September 2013 and was completed in April 2014.

North Delridge Action Plan Kick-Off

The North Delridge Action Plan will kick-off the action plan at Delridge Day!

When

Saturday, August 9
11:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.

Where

Delridge Playfield/Park
4458 Delridge Way SW.

Join your neighbors at Delridge Day where there will be food, games, skateboarding, and entertainment. Drop by DPD’s booth to share your ideas about what is important in Delridge. What’s great about Delridge and should be supported? What isn’t working or is missing? What are your ideas for making Delridge an even better place? Your input will help establish the priorities that we’ll address in the North Delridge Action Plan.

To learn more and sign up for our project notices, visit DPD’s website at www.seattle.gov/DPD/cityplanning/completeprojectslist/delridge/.

DPD is also seeking applicants to serve on a project advisory committee for the North Delridge Action Plan. The committee will be a workgroup of community members who are passionate about the well-being of their whole community and understand the importance of engaging others in the neighborhood planning process. Advisory committee members should live, work, or spend significant time in the Delridge neighborhood and represent a broad range of community interests.  The advisory committee will work alongside the City’s Community Development Team on issues such as engaging the wider community through targeted outreach, reviewing community input, and creating recommendations that balance community interests. For more information contact David Goldberg at DavidW.Goldberg@Seattle.gov or (206)615-1447.