Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

One dead in house fire in Graham
A man was found dead in his home after a fire broke out in Graham on Sunday morning. The house is located in the 22500 block of 90th Avenue East. Firefighters were called to the scene at 10:15 a.m. after neighbors said the home was on fire. The home was burning heavily when firefighters arrived, and when they tried to enter the front door, a sign was posted warning people to stay out, saying there were explosives inside.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

New Longview fire chief aims to close 'gap' in service
Jim Kambeitz still remembers when the Portland Fire Bureau visited his grade school to talk about fire prevention. “That had a big impact on me,” Kambeitz, 50, said at Longview’s fire station on Commerce Avenue Thursday. “I remember that when I think about the prevention work we do here: the public relations work that really has a big impact on people and a lot on our students.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 2:24:04 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019 21:24:04 GMT

Trump signs Cantwell bill requiring new wildfire technology, smoke forecasts
A new federal law aims to protect wildland firefighters by requiring agencies to outfit crews with GPS locators and deploy drones to scout out and map blazes. The Wildfire Management Technology Advancement Act, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., was signed by President Donald Trump last week after sailing through both chambers of Congress with large majorities.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Chehalis Moves to Terminate Fire Investigation Agreement With Lewis County
The Chehalis Fire Department will cease providing fire investigation services for Lewis County later this year after more than two decades of doing so. Chehalis Fire Chief Ken Cardinale wrote a letter to Lee Napier, community development director for Lewis County, dated March 20 that serves to trigger the 90-day notice of termination for the most recent interlocal agreement between the two departments.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2019 2:58:32 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 23 Mar 2019 21:58:32 GMT

The new normal? State already logged an unusual number of wildfires in 2019
Summer is still months away, but many folks in Washington enjoyed a glimpse of it with record-high temperatures last week as we headed into the official start of spring. Sadly, Thursday also marked the beginning of another season for the state: wildfire season. Areas in Washington state are already dealing with an unusually high number of wildfires: 50 total, with 49 on the west side of the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2019 4:02:35 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sun, 24 Mar 2019 23:02:35 GMT

Oso landslide: Firefighter brothers recall recovery effort 5 years later
You know you’re getting close once you cross the bridge. There’s a general store and a chapel. And between the two, sits fire station 37. You know it’s Oso, because inside, you’ll find the Harper brothers. Willy is the Chief and Tim is the captain. This time of year is hard. The reason why is just down the road.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 10:51:16 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Sat, 23 Mar 2019 05:51:16 GMT

‘It makes me nervous,’ Whatcom fire chief says after NOAA spring forecast released
Start stocking up on the eye drops and particulate masks, and if you haven’t installed an air filter or air conditioner yet, it may be time to start saving up — the Pacific Northwest wildfire season could be a doozy. Following on the heels of two historically bad fire seasons in 2017 and 2018, conditions could be ripe for wildfires before the summer even arrives, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2019 U.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Moses Lake hires first female firefighter paramedic
Making history, Samantha Wright has been named as the Moses Lake Fire Department’s first-ever full-time female firefighter paramedic, according to a press release. Wright will fill one of three new positions with the department that were authorized by the Moses Lake City Council for the 2019 budget year.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 5:47:41 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:47:41 GMT

Ephrata Fire Department adds 3 new lieutenants
The Ephrata Fire Department has three new lieutenants. EFD veterans Maxwell Yoder, Colleen Winski and Chandler Gribble all received lieutenants badges during a short pinning ceremony at Wednesday night’s regular meeting of the Ephrata City Council. “Each shift will now have a captain and a lieutenant,” said EFD Chief Jeremy Burns.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 5:47:42 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:47:42 GMT

18-acre Lewis County brush fire threatens home near Randle
Firefighters are working to setup fire lines around the perimeter of a brush fire that threatened a home near Randle. The fire broke out at 3:15 P.M. Wednesday. It's burned approximately 18 crews off Old Barn Road, according to Randle Fire & EMS/Lewis County Fire Protection District #14. The fire is approximately 5 percent contained, a spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Natural Resources told KOMO News on Thursday morning.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 12:35:42 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:35:42 GMT

Firefighters rescue cat from burning home in Carnation
Firefighters managed to save a man's pet cat from their burning home in Carnation Thursday afternoon. The homeowner was napping just before 2 p.m. when he awakened by his dog barking and noticed a heavy smoke building in his home just off SR-203 near Stillwater Hill. He managed to get out and call for help.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 7:46:20 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:46:20 GMT

Everett paper recycling warehouse burns
PHOTO: A paper recycling warehouse suffered significant smoke and water damage when a fire broke out in the building Thursday night. An employee at the Fibres International warehouse noticed smoke and flames coming from a bale of newspaper and cardboard around 6:30 p.m. and called 911. Firefighters from several neighboring cities, as well as from Paine Field and Boeing arrived to find light smoke coming from the building in the 2600 block of 94th Street SW.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 9:50:40 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019 04:50:40 GMT

3 firefighters injured, apartments damaged by White Center brush fire
It’s the first day of spring, but brush fires have already been popping up across Washington state because of the dry conditions. In White Center Wednesday afternoon a brush fire damaged an apartment building and injured three firefighters. The brush fire was about two acres in size and winds carried the fire toward an apartment complex, damaging seven units and displacing more than a dozen people.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 6:45:04 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 21 Mar 2019 01:45:04 GMT

Burlington fire chief moving on
The city of Burlington will say goodbye to its fire chief at the end of March. After nearly three years with the Burlington Fire Department, Levon Yengoyan is moving on to serve as chief for Camano Island Fire & Rescue. The Camano Island resident said the move is bittersweet, as he has loved serving the people of Burlington.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 6:09:05 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:09:05 GMT

Brush Fire Burned 100-Plus Acres Near Mossyrock
A brush fire raced along the hills and ridge boxed in by three roads southeast of Mossyrock on Tuesday — leaving behind an estimated 100 to 120 acres of charred earth. Residents of homes along Ajlune and Bear Ridge roads were voluntarily evacuated and livestock was removed from barns or herded to safety.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 10:36:06 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:36:06 GMT

Heat, dry weather spark another round of wildfires in Southwest Washington
For a second consecutive day, wildfires continued to break out at a rapid pace around Southwest Washington, threatening homes, prompting minor evacuations and sending scores of state and local firefighters to remote corners of the region. No injuries were reported, but one firefighter was hospitalized for dehydration, according to Dave LaFave, chief of Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 4:49:35 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019 23:49:35 GMT

Senator Cantwell visits Spokane Fire Department to discuss wildfire management technology
Senator Maria Cantwell visited the Spokane Fire Department Training Center Wednesday morning to talk about the Wildfire Management Technology Advancement Act. The Act was signed into law by the President last week. The law includes provisions to analyze trends to prevent firefighter injuries, improve predictions of areas likely to experience large wildfires, and assign smoke forecasters to all large wildfires to ensure the health and safety of people in impacted areas.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 3:52:15 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019 22:52:15 GMT

Spokane firefighter taken to hospital with minor injuries while battling downtown blaze
Spokane firefighters responded to a structure fire near Lewis and Clark High School Wednesday morning. Just after 7:15am, the call came in for a structure fire near 4th and Bernard. Crews first arriving on scene saw heavy smoke pouring from the windows of the brick building and upgraded the call to a working fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 10:48:38 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:48:38 GMT

Spokane County Fire District 10 burns donated property for training
Spokane County Fire District 10 (SCFD10) hosted a live fire demonstration on March 2 when a West Plains community member donated their property for firefighter training. The owner of the property on Flint Road needed an old house on the land removed, with parts of the home dating back 110 years, Deputy Fire Chief of Safety & Logistics Jack Krill said.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 1:12:51 PM - SOURCE: Cheney Free Press
Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:12:51 GMT

Multiple agencies respond to Cowlitz County fires Monday, Tuesday
Unseasonally warm and dry weather had firefighters from around the region scampering to a host of wildfires and other burns Monday and Tuesday. At press time, the latest fire was “a couple acres wide and growing” in the area of Grandview Terrace and Avellana Avenue in Longview’s Columbia Heights area, and authorities dispatched a helicopter to help fight the flames, said David LaFave, chief of Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 12:42:43 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:42:43 GMT

Grant County firefighter's truck full of tools and gear stolen
A local firefighter and his family say they are devastated after someone stole their truck as it was parked in front of their Soap Lake home. The truck was full of the tools and gear needed to support their family. Corey Hendricks is a volunteer firefighter with Grant County District 7. He also works as a wildland firefighter in the summer and fall.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 2:37:40 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:37:40 GMT

Early wildfire season is possible from low snowpack levels
Our lower and drier-than-average snowpack could lead to an early start to fire season. However, this issue is complex. Dry and breezy weather can increase fire danger come summer. A reduced snowpack can also play an important role in elevating the threat for wildfires. Large, destructive wildfires filled the air with dense smoke across the entire Pacific Northwest the last two summers.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 5:46:46 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:46:46 GMT

Portable toilet fire doesn't pass smell test; investigation ongoing in Pasco
Police are investigating a possible arson after finding a portable toilet engulfed in flames in downtown Pasco on Tuesday morning. The fire was found in Peanuts Park by witnesses who alerted a nearby officer. Pasco Police said the officer tried to put the flaming portable toilet out with a fire extinguisher.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 8:12:45 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:12:45 GMT

One dead in 2-alarm apartment fire in Seattle neighborhood
A person was found dead after a fire broke out in an apartment complex east of the International District early Monday morning. The fire started at about 12:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of E. Yesler Way, and when crews arrived, they could see flames coming from one of the upper floors of the four-story complex.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 2:06:47 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:06:47 GMT

Siphoning hose found in snowbank at Spokane Valley fire station
Firefighters at Station 1 in Spokane Valley made a discovery in a melting snowbank. They found what appears to be a fuel siphoning hose that still smells like gasoline. Firefighters don't know when the fuel theft happened, but believed it was sometime in the last several weeks, judging by where the hose was found in the snow bank.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 6:45:03 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:45:03 GMT

North County Fire and EMS, Arlington Fire join forces to provide more services
The Arlington Fire Department and North County Fire & EMS are partnering to provide more services to their residents and businesses. The city will be hiring a deputy chief – medical services administrator, and North County Fire is hiring an assistant chief for community risk reduction, serving as fire marshal.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 9:14:30 PM - SOURCE: Marysville Globe
Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:14:30 GMT

Fire engulfs fishing boat at Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham
VIDEO: 58-foot commercial fishing vessel tied up at Squalicum Harbor suffered heavy damage and created a plume of black smoke visible through much of Bellingham Saturday morning after catching fire. “Any time you have a boat fire, it can be extremely dangerous,” Bellingham Fire Department Battalion Chief Cary Gustafson told The Bellingham Herald, referencing chemicals, heavy machinery and booms that can all be part of marine fires.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2019 5:55:51 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:55:51 GMT

Longview council swears in new fire chief
In a surprise announcement, Jim Kambeitz was sworn-in as Longview fire chief at the City Council meeting Thursday night. “I’m honored to continue to serve in the Longview Fire Department,” Kambeitz told the audience, which included about 20 firefighters and law enforcement officers. “I’m very confident in our member’s skill, professionalism and ability to carry out their mission for the citizens of Longview.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 9:49:18 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 04:49:18 GMT

4 escape as fire spreads from Shoreline garage to attic
VIDEO: Four people including one elderly resident managed to escape a fire that burned a home in Shoreline early Friday morning. The fire broke out just before 1 a.m. in the garage of a home in the 17500 block of 8th Ave. NW, according to Michelle Pidduck with Shoreline Fire. One of the elderly residents inside the home was confined to a wheelchair, but still managed to escape, Pidduck said.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 6:48:26 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:48:26 GMT

House passes House Bill 1784 to mandate wildfire prevention corridors
New legislation to prevent the spread of wildfire and protect emergency responders has passed the Washington House of Representatives on a total majority vote. House Bill 1784 (HB1784) would require the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to change the way it administers forest health treatment plans to specifically include strategic wildfire prevention, especially for the creation of prevention corridors.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 6:44:59 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 01:44:59 GMT

Firefighters installed smoke alarms in a Spokane Valley home; that investment saved lives
A fire at a Spokane Valley mobile home on Wednesday would have turned out much worse if firefighters wouldn’t have responded to the same house last year, for a nonfire call, and noticed that the house lacked smoke alarms, leading firefighters to install them for the residents. Wednesday’s fire started at about 9:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 3:34:08 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 22:34:08 GMT

Navy fighter jet makes emergency landing in Moses Lake
A Navy EA-18G “Growler” fighter jet made an emergency landing at the Grant County International Airport (GCIA) Thursday morning after one of the crew members complained of a lack of oxygen. According to communications heard between Grant County’s Multi Agency Communications Center, AMR Ambulance and the Port of Moses Lakes’s fire department, the plane landed after one of the crew reported suffering symptoms of hypoxia.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 5:34:33 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:34:33 GMT

'Super Troopers' stars create Tacoma-set fire department comedy series
Mustaches are about to put Tacoma on the TV comedy map. “Tacoma FD” is a new half-hour sitcom that premieres March 28 on the TruTV network. The 10-episode comedy was created by and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme — two of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe members who created the “Super Trooper” movies.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 1:44:20 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:44:20 GMT

Marysville: Non-sufficient funds mean Regional Fire Authority is needed to improve response times
If you’re having a medical emergency or fire, nothing’s more important than time. Reducing response time is just one improvement residents can expect if they vote for a Regional Fire Authority on the April 23 ballot, supporters say. Another reason for an RFA is NSF, or non-sufficient funds. The fire department is running out of savings used to keep the operation running the past few years.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 4:25:50 AM - SOURCE: Marysville Globe
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 11:25:50 GMT

Montesano crew picks firefighter of the year
Volunteer firefighter and EMT Zale Carter has been selected as the Montesano firefighter of the year. His peers at the Montesano Fire Department voted to present him with the honor. There are six paid staff members and 37 volunteers with the MFD. “It is the greatest honor I could ever imagine,” the Elma native said in an email.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 1:43:29 AM - SOURCE: The Vidette
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:43:29 GMT

Fire destroys home in Port Angeles
The Port Angeles Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire Wednesday night that destroyed a house, killed several pets and left a couple without a home. “It was rolling, heaving fire conditions out the front door and the front two windows,” said Capt. Jamie Mason. “We started a defensive attack from the outside, transitioned inside and did a primary and secondary search where we found several deceased animals but no humans.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 12:39:33 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:39:33 GMT

Demolition Begins for Peshastin Warehouse Fire Amid ‘Undetermined’ Cause
The Chelan County Fire Marshal has issued a report on the Bluebird fruit warehouse fire in Peshastin that caused roughly $17 million in damage earlier this month. The March 3rd fire destroyed approximately $9,000,000 in fruit while the structure is estimated to be a $8,000,000 loss. The investigation involved a cooperative effort from the Chelan County Department of Fire Prevention and Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms fire investigation section, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and fire investigators representing Travelers Insurance.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 5:39:19 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:39:19 GMT

Fire burns Port Townsend home
No one was injured when a modular home erupted in flames in the 500 block of Hidden Trails Road. The Tuesday blaze was discovered by a friend of the owner who arrived on scene to care for animals at the residence, according to East Jefferson Fire-Rescue. She noticed fire and smoke and called 9-1-1 and firefighters were called to the flames at 2:43 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 2:14:51 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 09:14:51 GMT

Firefighters extricate woman stuck in sand, mud near Lisabeula Park
PHOTO: Early this month, the fire department freed a woman who was stuck in mud and sand near Lisabeula Park. Lore Wintergreen, a new island resident, said she and her partner had gone for a walk on March 2 at low tide. She ventured ahead, ultimately growing stuck and sinking knee-deep in mud, which sucked her down.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 6:03:16 AM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:03:16 GMT

Garage fire spreads to multiple homes in south Seattle
Seattle firefighters battled a 2-alarm fire in the Beacon Hill neighborhood early Wednesday morning that displaced people in two homes there. Just after 2 a.m., a garage fire broke out in the 6000 block of 19th Ave. S., just off of I-5 near Swift Ave. South, according to Seattle Fire officials. "I wake up and I look outside my window and it's just.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 6:11:36 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:11:36 GMT

Two men die trying to rescue dogs from icy pond in Whatcom County
Two men died in Whatcom County after they tried to save two dogs that fell through an icy pond. According to The Bellingham Herald, it happened at a property on Linnell Road near Van Zandt. Only one of the bodies was recovered. The newspaper reports that the men placed a ladder on the ice to reach the dogs, but one fell into the pond after the ice broke.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Q13 Fox
Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Baby of Hanford Firefighter dies while couple honeymooned
A GoFundMe has been established to help Nicholas and Nikki Augustavo as they mourn the loss of their baby boy, Kaysen. According to a social media post on the Hanford Fire Department Union Facebook page, 15-month-old Kaysen Augostavo died in his sleep on March 12th. The post goes on to say that Nicholas and Nikki had just celebrated their wedding on March 9th.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBY
Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

New museum exhibit highlights history of Edmonds Fire Department
A new exhibit highlighting the 105-year history of the Edmonds Fire Department is now open for viewing at the Edmonds Historical Museum in Downtown Edmonds. FIRE! Bucket Brigades, Calamity & Conflagration illustrates the department’s beginnings, from its bucket brigade to its long-term agreement with Snohomish County Fire District No.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 3:42:21 PM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Tue, 12 Mar 2019 22:42:21 GMT

AED program gets its start on death's doorstep on Bainbridge Island
Jack Sutherland couldn’t breathe. He woke up in a panic. And when he tried to raise his hands to his face, he discovered they were strapped down. Sutherland then opened his eyes and saw his wife Carole, and son, Chris. It was just after 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015. He was in a hospital bed at Harborview Medical Center, and had just come out of the emergency room after being treated for a cardiac arrest.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 1:34:04 PM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Tue, 12 Mar 2019 20:34:04 GMT

Pasco firefighters raise over $12,000 for Seattle stair-climb
Several firefighters from the Tri-Cities are now coming home after spending the weekend in Seattle for the stair-climb to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “We're not here to compete so much as we are to help out people in need,” said Nathan Schweiger, firefighter with Pasco Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 6:40:43 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Tue, 12 Mar 2019 01:40:43 GMT

Related: After losing his leg, Central Kitsap firefighter continues to overcome obstacles; participates in Seattle stair-climb
VIDEO: On Sunday morning, 2,000 firefighters from across the country and the world came to the Columbia Center for the 28th Firefighter Stairclimb, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event has raised $17 million over the years for LLS and the goal this year is to raise $2.75 million. Each firefighter had a specific reason for wanting to endure the grueling 69-story climb up Seattle's tallest tower, donning their full gear.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING 5
Posted on Tue, 12 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Bullets go flying at Kent Station shopping center hitting a teenager
A popular shopping center turned into a crime scene. Gunshots rang out at Kent Station shopping center on Monday as hundreds of people were milling around. Kent Police say someone shot an 18-year-old man around 12:40 p.m. in an alley next to Hair Master. The victim was rushed to Harborview where he was listed in serious condition.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 6:00:58 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Tue, 12 Mar 2019 01:00:58 GMT

Man found dead after fire burns Buckley home
A man was found dead inside a fire that burned a home in Buckley early Monday morning. Firefighters were called to the 400 block of Rosewood Drive around 1:30 a.m. and found flames coming from the front of the home. The fire was put out quickly, but firefighters discovered the body of a person inside.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 6:25:54 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 13:25:54 GMT

Family-owned business in Olympia a total loss after fire
Fire investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a blaze that destroyed a longtime family-owned business in Olympia. Three decades of hard work and dedication at Johnson’s Smokehouse and Sausage Kitchen were reduced to charred rubble in a matter of hours. Firefighters were called to the business along the 8300 block of Diagonal Road Southeast around 11:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 3:19:44 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:19:44 GMT

Franklin County Fire Department receives new equipment
The Franklin County Fire Department upgraded its tool kit by getting new Jaws of Life. The Jaws of Life is a tool used by firefighters to pry open cars when they are trying to rescue someone from an accident. The new Jaws of Life they received are battery powered and cordless unlike the previous gasoline powered ones.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2019 9:42:07 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 04:42:07 GMT

Firefighter training to be held in the Tri-Cities
On Monday firefighters will be training for their third annual recruiting academy. It’s the largest one to date with 17 new recruits going through a four-month academy process. Local firefighters from all three Tri-City departments will join to train new people with local equipment, procedures and tactics.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2019 6:46:47 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 01:46:47 GMT

Spokane Valley firefighter places high in skyscraper 'stair climb' fundraiser with personal meaning
Spokane Valley firefighter Joseph Conley described his climb up 69 flights of stairs at the Columbia Center in Seattle as the 13 most “grueling minutes of his life.” Conley, along with about 2,000 other firefighters on Sunday, participated in the so-called “stair climb” to raise money for blood cancer research.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2019 7:40:33 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 02:40:33 GMT

Chelan Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Lemon Announces Retirement Plans
Fire Commissioner Russ Jones (Chairperson of the Board of Fire Commissioners) announced that Fire Chief Timothy W. Lemon of Chelan Fire and Rescue has stated his intent to retire 12/31/2019. Chief Lemon has spent the last 10 years, of a 40 year career serving as the Fire Chief of Chelan Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 11:46:55 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:46:55 GMT

Benton County Fire District 1 commissioner who helped save lives for 55 years has died
For more than half a century, Gerald “Jerry” Sleater helped battle fires in Benton County Fire District 1. Whether it was from a seat in a fire truck or behind a board table, Sleater left his mark on the 320-square-mile district that runs south of Kennewick and Richland. The longest-serving member and current fire district commissioner died Wednesday at the age of 86.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 3:24:45 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Fri, 08 Mar 2019 11:24:45 GMT

Seattle: Fire that burned Leschi home deemed arson
A fire that burned a home in Leschi has been deemed arson, Seattle Fire officials said. The fire broke out just at the two-story home just after midnight Wednesday morning in the 800 block of Lakeside Ave. South, said Kristin Tinsley with Seattle Fire. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the roof and attic space.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 7:50:27 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 08 Mar 2019 15:50:27 GMT

Bellingham arsonist in $5 million Cordata warehouse fire ‘was lucky no one was hurt or killed’
A Bellingham man will spend a little over two years in prison for intentionally setting two fires days apart in November that caused more than $5 million in damages. Craig Stuart Wise, 54, was sentenced Thursday in Whatcom County Superior Court to 2¼ years in prison, with 1½ years probation for first-degree arson for the destruction caused in the Blue Sea Systems fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 3:32:24 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Thu, 07 Mar 2019 23:32:24 GMT

Spokane County woman escapes early morning house fire with pets
A woman woke up in her home just south of Deer Park early Friday morning to find her house on fire. Firefighters responding to the house fire on Owens Road just south of Deer Park told KHQ the woman woke up to crackling and saw a red glow inside her home. The woman immediately evacuated the home with her pets and called 911.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 8:39:38 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:39:38 GMT

Spokane firefighters help clear ice, snow for South Hill woman confined to wheelchair
It's been a rough winter in the Inland Northwest, and it's been even more difficult on Jina Luther. Confined to a wheelchair, she's been unable to leave her apartment on the South Hill for the last month. "I could not get out," Luther said. "I was trapped." The thick ice created by all the snow and freezing temperatures formed a barrier outside her front door, keeping her from being able to reach her paratransit van.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 6:32:28 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Fri, 08 Mar 2019 02:32:28 GMT

1 injured, pet killed as van explodes in Puyallup-area parking lot
One person was taken to the hospital and their pet was killed when a van exploded and burst into flames at a parking lot south of Puyallup, fire officials said. Firefighters and medics responded to the scene, the Home Depot parking lot near South Hill Mall, at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports of an explosion and fire, said Central Pierce Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 3:17:34 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 23:17:34 GMT

Nine Yakima firefighters to participate in Seattle stairclimb for cancer
Yakima firefighters are climbing stairs for a great cause this weekend. Nine firefighter will be participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle. They will be climbing 69 flights of stairs, which is equivalents to more than 1,300 steps, all while wearing their gear.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 5:46:34 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 07 Mar 2019 01:46:34 GMT

Follow Up: Spokane woman suspected of arson after firefighter injured in house fire
Spokane police are investigating a woman for charges of first-degree arson after a house fire that injured a firefighter. The firefighter and the homeowner, identified as Betty A. McCrow in newly released court documents, suffered injuries as the result of a house fire on the 4000 block of North Pittsburgh Street on Saturday, March 2.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM 2
Posted on Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Grant County Fire District 3 deputy chief, wife recognized by Red Cross for response to bus crash
Two locals who played a major role assisting with the University of Washington bus crash were recognized by the Red Cross. Grant County Fire District 3 Deputy Chief of Operations Tony Leibelt and his wife Carol Leibelt were nominated for the 2019 Red Cross Hometown Heroes Award. Chief Leibelt and Carol were nominated by Quincy School District Superintendent John Boyd.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 9:50:41 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 17:50:41 GMT

Fire officials: Young boy rescued from burning Vancouver home, one person injured
The Vancouver Fire Department says someone broke a window to rescue a young boy from a burning home Wednesday morning. Officials say the residential fire was in the Five Corners area of Vancouver, in the 9000 block of Northeast 91st Street, at around 4:30 a.m. Fire officials say a 14-year-old girl called 911 to report the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Homeowner tries thawing frozen pipes with flame torch; Spokane house is now a total loss
One homeowner in south Spokane tried to thaw frozen pipes but brought firefighters to their home instead Tuesday morning. Firefighters told KHQ that the homeowner, and his 15-year-old son, went underneath their house and tried to unfreeze their pipes with a flame torch. Firefighters said the insulation caught fire, and the two tried throwing snow to put the fire out.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2019 10:48:12 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 06:48:12 GMT

Fire Damages Centralia Home
An early Wednesday morning fire damaged a Centralia home, while its residents awoke to find their porch burning. Total damage caused by the fire in the 100 block of Otto Road was estimated to cost $10,000. No injuries were reported. According to a press release from Riverside Fire Authority, units responded at 3:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 10:37:08 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 06 Mar 2019 18:37:08 GMT

Grant County Fire District 3 adds 'much needed' fire station in Trinidad, Crescent Bar area
A grant will allow Grant County Fire District 3 to build a “much needed” fire station in the Trinidad/Crescent Bar area. The fire district was awarded a Strategic Infrastructure Program (SIP) grant for $187,500 and a zero percent loan of $62,500, approved by Grant County commissioners on Tuesday. Remaining funding for the new station will come from fire district reserves and an additional loan.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2019 12:37:11 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 05 Mar 2019 20:37:11 GMT

Port Angeles: Fire at Rayonier pulp mill site thought to have been caused by campfire
A fire, likely caused by a person or persons, started among timber pilings early this morning on the former Rayonier pulp mill site, 2 miles east of downtown, authorities said. “We’re assuming it was a campfire” that started the blaze, said Randy Boston, the contract caretaker for the abandoned 75-acre parcel owned by Jacksonville, Fla.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2019 10:37:16 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 05 Mar 2019 18:37:16 GMT

South Thurston Firefighters Start Nonprofit For First Responders
Firefighters and emergency responders bear witness to some of the most traumatic, scarring moments of human life on a regular basis. Their line of work is also physically demanding, which can lead to serious injuries and the onset of chronic conditions. About 18 months ago, a trio of first responders associated with South Thurston Fire & EMS decided to do something about what they saw to be a lack of available resources for their compatriots in need.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2019 3:31:11 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Mon, 04 Mar 2019 23:31:11 GMT

Barns destroyed in fire at property north of Lake Stevens
PHOTOS: A couple of barns burned down after an early morning fire Tuesday. The barns in the 4300 block of 99th Avenue NE, just north of Lake Stevens limits, were reported on fire before 4 a.m., a spokeswoman for Snohomish County Fire District 7 said. Firefighters from several departments helped douse the flames, using about 3,000 feet of connected hose from fire engines and water tenders.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2019 10:56:41 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Tue, 05 Mar 2019 18:56:41 GMT

Firefighter, woman treated for minor injuries after Spokane house fire
One woman and a firefighter had to be treated for minor injuries after a house fire Saturday night. At about 7:00 p.m., crews responded to the 4000 block of N Pittsburg St. after reports of heavy black smoke coming from a home, according to the Spokane Fire Department. Crews found heavy smoke coming from the front door and significant fire throughout the first floor of the home.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2019 2:19:36 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Sun, 03 Mar 2019 22:19:36 GMT

Facing the monster: Spokane firefighter battles PTSD
Not long ago, had you asked Lou Franchino, a Spokane firefighter for 23 years, if he would ever return to work, he would have said no. He was experiencing extended bouts of insomnia. While awake, he described a near-constant state of anxiety. Traumatic calls flashed through his head at a breakneck pace: People who shot themselves in front of their family members, people who died in fires, from sudden infant death syndrome or a heart attack at a family dinner.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2019 5:12:40 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sun, 03 Mar 2019 13:12:40 GMT

Grant helps Spokane County Fire District 10 amp up recruitment
Spokane County Fire District 10 (SCFD10) officially kicked off new efforts to recruit volunteer firefighters this month with the hiring of its first-ever division chief of recruitment and retention, largely paid for by a highly competitive Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. The four-year grant awarded in September 2018 funds two-thirds of the new position, which will focus on building up the pool of volunteer members for SCFD10.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2019 6:09:55 PM - SOURCE: Cheney Free Press
Posted on Sun, 03 Mar 2019 02:09:55 GMT

South County Fire planned ahead to deal with snow
South County Fire reports that it saw a 25 percent increase in 911 calls over five days during the recent winter storm. The department operates 14 neighborhood fire stations to serve more than 250,000 residents in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and unincorporated south Snohomish County.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2019 1:02:28 PM - SOURCE: Edmonds Beacon
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 21:02:28 GMT

Spokane County firefighters climb for a cure for cancer
VIDEO: In just one week, thousands of firefighters from across the world will climb the Columbia Tower in Seattle for a great cause. But on Sunday, firefighters from Spokane County Fire District 9 settled for a StairMaster at the Fred Meyer off North Division instead. The stairclimb team -- made up of 16 firefighters -- asked for donations for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society while switching off on the stair climber.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2019 6:40:02 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 04 Mar 2019 02:40:02 GMT

South King Fire selects new chief
After nearly eight hours of interviews and deliberation, South King Fire and Rescue’s Board of Fire Commissioners offered the position of fire chief to current Assistant Chief Vic Pennington on Tuesday evening. Pennington, who is currently the deputy mayor of the city of Des Moines, brings more than 44 years of experience in the fire service, with the last 12 served with SKFR.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2019 4:01:50 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:01:50 GMT

Whatcom Fire: ‘There wasn’t one area of the house that was not affected by fire’
PHOTO: Chilly winds whipping out of the Fraser Valley fanned flames Wednesday evening, making it impossible for Whatcom County fire crews to save a two-story house along Ten Mile Road. The good news is the house was vacant. “We knew nobody was in the house and that there was nobody living there,” North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Division Chief Henry Hollander told The Bellingham Herald late Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2019 12:01:11 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 20:01:11 GMT

First responders prepare for wildfire season before snow even melts in Benton County
Benton County Emergency Management (BCEM) is already thinking ahead about the fire season, and they want to make sure all Tri-Cities agencies are on the same page. BCEM leaders hosted a symposium today to get all sorts of response agencies in the same room to discuss wildland fire response in our community.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 8:17:43 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 04:17:43 GMT

Update: Cause of fatal house fire near Soap Lake ruled undetermined due to extensive damage
The cause of a Feb. 21 fatal house fire near Soap Lake has been ruled undetermined, according to the Grant County Fire Marshal’s Office. Grant County Fire Marshal Bruce Gribble says the extensive damage to the double-wide manufactured home left all fire patterns destroyed. Gribble says there does not appear to be any suspicious activity related to the blaze but added the case is still open to investigation if new information arises.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2019 10:37:48 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 18:37:48 GMT

Two Injured in Orondo Crash
Two drivers were injured yesterday when their cars collided on an icy stretch of Highway 97 about 5 miles North of Orondo. State Troopers say it happened when 17 year old William Shindler of Orondo lost control of his Southbound vehicle. It crossed over into the Northbound lane where he was struck by 43 year old Olivia Acevedo of Monitor.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NCW Life
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Follow Up: Businesses react after man is charged in string of Seattle area arsons
VIDEO: Months after a series of fires damaged or destroyed five businesses in Seattle over a four-week period, police now have a suspect. Now business owners in the Queen Anne, Ballard, and Fremont neighborhoods are relieved. Police believe Matthew Hooper, 38, is responsible for the five arsons last fall, including a massive fire at the Gascoigne Lumber Co.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 5:38:32 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 01:38:32 GMT

Man arrested on suspicion of string of large arson fires in Seattle
A 38-year-old man police determined was the suspect in a series of large arsons in Ballard, Fremont and Queen Anne late last year was already in a Whatcom County jail on unrelated charges, according to the Seattle Police Department. Matthew Hooper has been charged with four counts of second degree arson, prosecutors said.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2019 4:51:54 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:51:54 GMT

City of Seattle rolling out new surveillance technology
The city of Seattle is rolling out new surveillance technology that will collect and store people's personal information -- everything from names and birthdays to video recordings. At a meeting Wednesday night, the public got a chance to see some examples. For Seattle Fire, it comes with an upgrade to their computer-aided dispatch system, or CAD.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 9:42:19 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 17:42:19 GMT

Bothell Fire Department welcomes new truck with time-honored tradition
The Bothell Fire Department welcomed one of two new Pierce fire engines into service with a “push-in” ceremony on Feb. 23. This special tradition has been a source of pride in the fire service for more than 100 years. Bothell Fire PIO Kirsten Clemens said the origin of the ceremony dates back to horse-drawn equipment, when the horses could not back-up the fire engines.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2019 1:11:36 PM - SOURCE: Bothell Reporter
Posted on Wed, 27 Feb 2019 21:11:36 GMT

2 horses die in Monroe barn fire
Two horses died when a barn and stable caught fire in Monroe Thursday morning. Renters who live on the property in the 13400 block of Chain Lake Road noticed smoke around 1:30 a.m. and called 911. Firefighters arrived to find the building on fire and began fighting the flames. But eventually, the roof collapsed and the building was destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 8:44:56 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:44:56 GMT

Air ambulance begins service based on Olympic Peninsula
An air ambulance service is available directly from William R. Fairchild International Airport to Puget Sound hospitals more than a month earlier than planned. Life Flight Network, which now serves Clallam and Jefferson counties, announced last week its intention to start up service March 29. Instead, under a verbal agreement with Port of Port Angeles officials, the Aurora, Ore.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 9:53:14 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 17:53:14 GMT

Barn catches fire in Valleyford; four animals die
A barn in Valleyford caught fire Tuesday afternoon, killing a dog, a sheep and two lambs. Firefighters received the call at 4:46 p.m. and arrived within seven minutes to find the barn on fire, said Lonnie Rash, assistant chief for Spokane County Fire District 8. A power line fell down near the barn, likely as a result of the fire and not the cause, Rash said.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 7:42:08 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 27 Feb 2019 03:42:08 GMT

Major maintenance to close Everett fire station
Major maintenance will force a fire station in north Everett to temporarily close starting this Friday, March 1. Station 2, which is approximately 50 years old, is located at 2201 16th Street. Its temporary closure is expected to impact response times during some emergencies. By mid-April, a small weight room at the station will be transformed into a separate sleeping area and bathroom for female employees.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 5:42:07 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 27 Feb 2019 01:42:07 GMT

Omak Volunteer Fire Department reviews year, gives awards
Volunteer firefighters spent 1,833 hours on fire calls and 2,354 on training during 2018. Omak Volunteer Fire Department had its annual banquet and awards night Feb. 16. Chief Kevin Bowling said 2018 was an average year, with 294 calls for service. They included 156 calls inside the city and 138 in Fire District No.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 1:12:22 PM - SOURCE: Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 21:12:22 GMT

After 30 Years as a First Responder, Riverside Fire Authority Veteran Retires
Stepping away from decades of work as a first responder has a way of prompting a mix of emotion, said Troy Hicklin. It’s bittersweet, he said, but it’s time for some needed rest. Hicklin’s last day on the job at Riverside Fire Authority was Monday. He’d been with the Centralia department for nine years.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 10:36:11 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 18:36:11 GMT

Arlington Fire Department Welcomes Three Full-Time Firefighters
The City of Arlington swore in three full time Firefighter / EMTs at the Tuesday, February 19, 2019 City Council meeting. Thanks to a federal grant, the City was able to hire these three two years early. The new firefighters, Zach Hanson, Aaron Boede, and Paul Lizarraga, will be attending the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy beginning February 25 for an intensive 14-week academy hosted at South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue near Everett.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2019 9:17:35 PM - SOURCE: Arlington, WA
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 05:17:35 GMT

Small plane flips over, crashes during takeoff at Bellingham airport
A small plane crashed during takeoff Monday morning at Bellingham International Airport, emergency officials said. The plane landed on its top, but no one was injured in the mishap, Bellingham Fire Department said in a Twitter post. The department said the plane "blew over" while attempting to take off.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2019 12:49:24 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 25 Feb 2019 20:49:24 GMT

Puyallup mom honored for rescuing her 2 kids from burning apartment
VIDEO: A Puyallup mother was honored Monday for saving her two young children from a devastating fire in their apartment last November. The fire started on an early Sunday morning at the Cambridge apartments on 7th Street Southeast. Juliana Vega-Zamora says she wrapped her 7-year-old and 15-month-old sons in blankets and lowered them out of the apartment from a second story window.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 6:48:20 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:48:20 GMT

Seattle-to-California flight diverted back to Sea-Tac after crew sickened by odor
An Alaska Airlines flight bound for Orange County from Seattle was diverted back to Sea-Tac Airport after a cabin odor caused symptoms among the flight crew Tuesday morning, officials said. According to the FlightAware commercial plane-tracking service, Alaska Flight 1506 departed Sea-Tac at 9:06 a.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Man dies in Ballard house fire
A man died in in a house fire in Ballard on Sunday, the Seattle Fire Department said. Firefighters pulled the man from the house on the 2800 block of Northwest 61st Street after responding to a report of a fire shortly after 7 p.m. Hilton Almond, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said the man was an adult and the only occupant of the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2019 10:18:50 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Mon, 25 Feb 2019 06:18:50 GMT

Fentanyl overdose deaths on the rise in Yakima County over the last two years
The Yakima Valley and the rest of the country has been trying to figure out the best way to handle the opioid crisis over the last few years. But now, fentanyl deaths are on the rise in the valley at an alarming rate. “You can see that fentanyl is on an upswing in the last two years,” County coroner Jim Curtice said.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA TV
Posted on Mon, 25 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Man tries to melt ice with propane torch, sets Kennewick house on fire
A man suffered minor burns after trying to melt the ice and snow with a propane torch on his front porch. Action News went live on the scene Tuesday around 11:30 a.m where firefighters went to a home on the West 24th loop near Olympia street. Firefighters told Action News that a renter of the house wanted to melt the ice and snow off of his front porch.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2019 12:53:13 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Sun, 24 Feb 2019 20:53:13 GMT

Three people, four pets displaced after Sunday morning fire in Otis Orchards
Three people and four pets were displaced after a Sunday morning house fire in Otis Orchards. According to the Spokane Valley Fire Department, firefighters responded to the 2100 N block of Powell Road around 9:30 a.m. after a neighbor noticed the fire across the street. That neighbor notified the resident that was home at the time and they were able to safely evacuate with the family pets.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2019 12:45:41 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Sun, 24 Feb 2019 20:45:41 GMT

Cities inch closer to staffing deal for Camas-Washougal Fire Department
The cities of Camas and Washougal are inching closer to an agreement to pay for new positions in the Camas-Washougal Fire Department. At their meeting Tuesday night, Camas city councilors approved an agreement to share costs with Washougal for two new firefighters for 2019. Camas will also fully fund a new deputy fire marshal position in the agreement.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2019 6:18:38 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:18:38 GMT

Apartment building evacuated, one hospitalized after smoky King County
One person was taken to the hospital after an overnight fire at an apartment building in Skyway, emergency officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene, the Greentree Apartments on 123rd Street, late Thursday night after receiving reports that a blaze had broken out there. The building was filled with smoke when crews arrived, forcing all residents to evacuate.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2019 6:55:06 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:55:06 GMT

Gun, ammunition stolen from firefighter's White Center home
A firefighter says his White Center home was broken into on Wednesday and several items, including a gun, were stolen. Colt Passey returned home from work to find the house he was living in had been ransacked and the back door was wide open. "Your most intimate spot has been invaded by someone and you get to go pick up the pieces of someone going through your things and looking through your pictures and seeing them thrown on the floor, and all your personal stuff strewn about," Passey said.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 News
Posted on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT



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