Seattle City Light has been getting reports that scammers are at it again. One scam tactic involves contacting customers by phone and pretending to be employees of City Light. If you receive a recorded message or a live call from someone demanding payment right away, hang up and call us directly. City Light will always direct customers to the secure online payment system at www.seattle.gov/light or to call (206) 684-3000 to make a payment.
When a customer is past due on a bill, City Light takes multiple steps to notify the customer before shutting off power. City Light employees will never ask for payment in person and will always be able to produce identification if informing a customer in person of a past-due bill.
Scammers may demand thousands of dollars and threaten to shut off power if payment isn’t made immediately. Vulnerable residents may be specially targeted by scammers including non-English speaking individuals, elderly people and small-business owners.
City Light produced a video with the Seattle Police Department, reminding customers to protect their personal financial information to avoid becoming a victim of scammers posing as City Light employees. Watch it here.
Learn more about how to avoid becoming a victim at: www.seattle.gov/light/EndScams.
The City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management has launched a new emergency alerting system called Alert Seattle.
Residents can sign up for the free system which will send you customized alerts by:
· Text message
· Voice Message
This service is provided by the City of Seattle at no cost; however, message and data rates may apply.
Emergency alerts would be sent when there is a significant risk to life and /or property at any time of the day.
Alert Seattle can also send you customizable and are sent only during the hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. These notifications include:
· Severe weather
· Utility service disruptions
· Major traffic incidents
You can sign up online for Alert Seattle or visit the Facebook and Twitter pages.
For even more information, visit alert.seattle.gov.
April 20- Seattle Firefighter worked for 15 minutes to extricate a driver of a car struck by a light rail train at 7150 M L King Jr Way S.
The initial 911 call came into the Fire Alarm Center at 11:13 a.m. reporting the car versus train collision with the driver of the car trapped. A light pole had also fallen on top of the car which was jammed between a guardrail and the train.
During the rescue operation, all four lanes of traffic on South MLK Jr. Way South was shut down between South Myrtle Street and South Othello Street. Also, all Link train service along the tracks near MLK Jr Wy South were temporarily halted to allow firefighters a safe working space to extricate the driver of the car.
Medics transported the conscious and alert 50-year old male driver of the car to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition with complaints of neck and back pain.
Seattle Police Department will investigate the cause of the crash.
December 29–Seattle Fire Investigators determined a Beacon Hill house fire on Sunday Night was intentionally set.
At 5:15 p.m. on Sunday December 28, 2014 Firefighter/Dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a fire at a home located in the 1800 block of South McClellan Street. Neighbors knocked on the door of the home and notified the people inside that the house was on fire and to evacuate.
When firefighters arrived they found flames coming from the side of the house. The fire extended up the side of the house into the attic space. It took firefighters 15 minutes to control the flames. Due to the charring in the attic space, it took nearly 90 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.
No one was injured.
The house was empty of furniture and considered vacant. The occupants inside the home were not authorized by the owner to be staying in the house.
The damage estimate is $60,000.
The case has been referred over to the Seattle Police Departments’ Arson Bomb Squad Detectives for further investigation.
If anyone has any information on this case they are asked to call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-55-ARSON (1-800-552-7766).
November 3—Seattle Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team members secured a Phinney Ridge Starbucks after a truck plowed through the front of the coffee shop.
At 2:52 a.m., a 911 call came into dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting a pickup truck into the front of the Starbucks located at 316 N 67th Street. When firefighters arrived, no one was inside the vehicle. The truck had plowed 6 feet into the business and took down a supporting column.
Tech Rescue Team firefighters shored up the unreinforced brick masonry building before the tow-truck could pull the pickup out. Occupants are not allowed to reoccupy the building until an engineer can determine whether it’s structurally safe.
Seattle Police Officers are investigating the collision.