Wedgewood House Fire

SEATTLE – On July 25, 2018, at 5:20 p.m. the Fire Alarm Center received multiple 911 calls for a house fire on the 2300 Blk. of NE 94th St.  Upon arrival, E40 had heavy fire on the West side of a single family dwelling, including a deck.  E40 quickly applied water on the fire from the exterior before transitioning to the interior of the house.

Fire did spread to the attic, requiring  a ladder company to go the roof to cut holes in it to allow the fire and hot gases escape from the attic.  While on the roof, a firefighter fell through it and into the attic.  The firefighter was able to exit the house on his own and suffered minor injuries.  He was transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) as a precaution.  A second firefighter was also transported to HMC as a precaution due to heat related exertion.  There were no injuries to occupants, and they all were outside of the home prior to E40’s arrival.

The Incident Commander declared the fire under control by 5:42 p.m. and extinguished by 5:47 p.m.  At the height of the fire, there were 6 engine companies and 3 ladder trucks.  The cause of the fire was ruled as undetermined with an estimated loss of $20,000 to contents and $54,000 to structure.

Photos courtesy of John Odegard

Stop at 4 for Child Safety

Most young children love looking out a window, but did you know that properly installed window stops can keep your child from an unintentional window fall? Window locks set to limit window openings to less than 4 inches and easily removed in the event of an emergency can go a long way towards keeping your child from a serious injury. Most hardware stores provide inexpensive window lock options. Remember that window screens are not strong enough to keep a child inside. To learn more, click here.


Queen Anne House Fire

SEATTLE – On July 23, 2018 around 7:30 p.m., Engine 20 was dispatched to the 2900 BLK 9 Ave W for a report of a rubbish fire.  While en-route, the Fire Alarm Center received more calls indicating that this was a house fire, and the alarm was quickly upgraded.  Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire on the exterior of the rear of the house.  Firefighters quickly put water on the fire, knocking it down, and then transitioned to an interior attack to push the fire out.  The fire was under control within 25 minutes.

The  two residents of the house were already out when Seattle Fire arrived but did suffer minor injuries and were transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.  There were no injuries to firefighters.  There were 24 units on scene including 8 engines and 2 ladder trucks.

Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental, and determined it was caused by a barbecue grill underneath the back deck.  Estimated loss is $150,000 to structure, and $150,000 to contents.

Photos courtesy of John Odegard


Outdoor Grilling Fire Safety

Outdoor grill fire July 2018

May and July are the peak months for outdoor grill fires. A recent grilling fire in Seattle provides another reminder to the potential fire hazard associated with outdoor grilling.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps to take to ensure safe outdoor grilling this summer.

Setting up:

  • Barbecue grills are designed for outdoor use only. Never barbecue in an enclosed area – dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) can accumulate and be deadly. If you suspect CO poisoning, call 911.
  • Set-up your grill in an open area at least 10 feet away from buildings, overhead combustible surfaces, dry leaves and brush.
  • Make sure all of the grilling parts are firmly in place and the grill is on a flat surface.
  • The Seattle Fire Department recommends the use of one-pound propane cylinders as the least hazardous fuel source for outdoor grills.
  • For propane grills, make sure the hose connection is tight and check the hoses for leaks.

During use:

  • Never leave grills unattended while cooking.
  • Keep a three-foot zone around the grill where children and pets aren’t allowed.

    Keep a three-foot zone around the grill  where children are not allowed.

  • Do not leave starter fluid, lighters or matches within the reach of children.
  • Use the proper tools. Long handled barbecue utensils and flame retardant mitts will prevent burns from heat and flame.
  • For charcoal grills, avoid adding lighter fluid after the coals are lit.

Cleaning up:

  • For propane grills, turn the grill and fuel cylinder off immediately after grilling.
  • For charcoal grills, allow coals to cool for 48 hours before disposing. If you are not able to wait, douse coals with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place coals in plastic, paper or wooden containers; place in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid.

The use of barbecues in single-family homes, apartments and condominiums is not regulated by current Washington State law. However, apartment building owners and condominium associations, through lease agreements and owner’s association rules, may still prohibit or restrict use of barbecues.

Outdoor grilling safety tips

June 2018 Promotional Ceremony

SEATTLE – On June 27, 2018, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins held a promotional ceremony at Fire Station 10 to appoint 21 department members to new positions. The following employees were promoted:

  • Dennis Dahline, Michael Sharp and Derek Williamson to Deputy Chief
  • Erik Hotchkiss, Melissa Kennedy and Christopher Lombard to Battalion Chief
  • Schon Branum, Matthew Johnson, Daniel Murray, Daniel Nelson, Michael Perkow and Kyle White to Captain
  • Jameel Andrews, Brady Collins, William Howe, Daniel Johanns, Joshua McBride, Stephen Wilkins and Sean Williams to Lieutenant
  • Jose Parra to Fireboat Engineer
  • Shaun Cole to Admin Specialist III

Chief Scoggins also welcomed new employees:

  • Robert Noble, Admin. Specialist II
  • Vuen Pahn, Principal Accountant
  • Kim Schmanke, Public Affairs Director

Congratulations to all!