Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

North Whatcom Division Chief Henry Hollander retiring after 27 years of service
North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Service will say farewell to one of its own at the end of this month. After 27 years of service, division chief Henry Hollander will retire on May 31, and he can’t wait to hear the sweet sound of silence. Sitting at his desk at Station 63 in mid-May, the sharp tune of his pager breaks through conversation.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 1:42:59 AM - SOURCE: Northern Light
Posted on Thu, 23 May 2019 08:42:59 GMT

9-year-old boy trapped 55 feet up Spokane tree rescued by firefighters
PHOTOS: A boy who became trapped 55 feet up in a tall tree at Spokane's Nevada Park was rescued by firefighters Thursday. The call for help came in around 5:15 p.m. that a 9-year-old boy was stuck high up a tree, reports KXLY-TV. A specialized crew quickly arrived and connected him to a safety harness.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 8:30:15 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 24 May 2019 03:30:15 GMT

Federal Way house fire declared arson
PHOTO: A Federal Way home was destroyed by a fire Thursday and investigators determined the fire was intentionally set. At about 1:30 a.m., crews responded to a report of a fire at 3324 33rd Avenue Southwest. When crews arrived, the house was fully involved. No injuries were reported. Investigators said half of the home collapsed, and they ruled the fire a case of arson.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 1:07:34 PM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Thu, 23 May 2019 20:07:34 GMT

Quick Response Knocks Down Escaped Orchard Burn Near Chelan Butte
A escaped orchard burn that developed into a brush fire was contained near Chelan Butte Wednesday. Lake Chelan Fire & Rescue Chief Tim Lemon said Chelan County Fire District 8 from Entiat and Chelan County Fire District 7 from Chelan crews were dispatched just before noon when the orchard burn got out of containment and spread into a gully filled with orchard prunings.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 7:46:18 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 23 May 2019 14:46:18 GMT

South County Fire Chief Bruce Stedman announces retirement
Fire Chief Bruce A. Stedman of South County Fire announced Wednesday morning that he will be taking a medical leave, effective immediately, and will be officially retiring on Aug. 1. Stedman joined South County Fire on Oct. 1, 2017, the same day the organization was established as a regional fire authority (RFA) combining Snohomish County Fire District 1 and the Lynnwood Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 1:29:08 PM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Wed, 22 May 2019 20:29:08 GMT

Confusion reigns as Spokane City Council remains defiant against combined 911 dispatch system
For the past year, the Spokane City Council has been a unified voice standing in opposition to concerns about the desire to combine the region's different dispatch agencies — 911, Spokane Police, Spokane County Sheriff and the fire departments — under one governing body: Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC).
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 1:50:09 AM - SOURCE: Pacific Northwest Inlander
Posted on Thu, 23 May 2019 08:50:09 GMT

Seattle firefighters use viaduct to train for earthquake response
The Alaskan Way Viaduct is, slowly but surely, disappearing from Seattle's waterfront. Before it is gone for good, firefighters are making it their playground. Wednesday morning, Seattle Fire crews could again be found perched atop the viaduct's remains, slicing and torching their way through concrete and rebar.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 5:57:45 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 23 May 2019 00:57:45 GMT

Arson at Gig Harbor High School equipment shed causes $150K in damage
$150,000 in damage was done when a portable toilet was set on fire, spreading to a nearby equipment storage shed at Gig Harbor High School. School officials say $86,000 worth of track and football equipment was destroyed. All of this as track athletes are preparing for the State Championship meet which begins Thursday, and football practice starts next week.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 10:51:02 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 23 May 2019 05:51:02 GMT

Kirkland Fire Department providing free AEDs through grant program
The Kirkland Fire Department (KFD) has launched a pilot program to provide free lifesaving automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to qualified organizations in Kirkland. The AED grant program, which was originally initiated by the Kirkland City Council, is intended to place AEDs with organizations in the community that would have the greatest likelihood of providing members of the public with access to these lifesaving tools.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 1:09:32 PM - SOURCE: Kirkland Reporter
Posted on Wed, 22 May 2019 20:09:32 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire Station 8 getting facelift, expansion to fit tiller truck
Construction is underway at Spokane Valley Fire Department Station 8 on Wilbur Road to make two engine bays longer to accommodate larger trucks. The station was built in 2004 and houses a ladder truck, a rescue unit and the department’s water rescue team, said Deputy Fire Chief Tim O’Brien. “That fills up our three bays,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 5:32:11 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 23 May 2019 12:32:11 GMT

Lifesaving PulsePoint app receives funding for the next year in Benton, Franklin counties
An app that's credited with saving lives in Benton and Franklin counties has received funding for another year. The Kadlec Foundation and Lourdes Foundation provided $4,000 respectively to go towards PulsePoint. The app was launched in this region exactly one year ago Tuesday. "It's something that we're pretty proud of here in Richland to have played a pretty big part in bringing it to our area," said Captain Stein Karspeck with the Richland Fire Department, who headed efforts to bring the app to this area.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 7:46:17 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 22 May 2019 02:46:17 GMT

Two hurt in house fire in Snohomish County
Two people were injured when fire ripped through a Snohomish County home early Wednesday morning. Snohomish County Fire District 22 responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. Crews found the house on 103rd Avenue Northeast in Arlington ablaze. Two people living inside the home were taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center for observation and a third person was treated at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 6:53:02 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Wed, 22 May 2019 13:53:02 GMT

Dog killed in arson fire at Pullman mobile home
An arson fire damaged a mobile home in Pullman Tuesday morning, according to Pullman Radio News. Pullman City Firefighters responded to the home in the Campus Vista mobile home park on Southeast Pro Mall Boulevard around 10:00 a.m. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. A dog was killed, but no people were injured.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 2:32:07 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 21 May 2019 21:32:07 GMT

Fire Destroys Centralia Outbuilding, Kills Poultry
A shipping container full of poultry and an outbuilding were destroyed by a fire in the 100 block of Bear View Drive in Centralia Saturday morning. Riverside Fire Authority reported that no humans were injured during the incident, which is under investigation. According to an RFA press release, firefighters responded to the area at 6:08 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 1:47:57 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2019 20:47:57 GMT

Lewis County Commissioners Encourage Conversation Among Fire Districts On 911 Center's Future
The Lewis County Board of Commissioners addressed ongoing talks about changes at the Lewis County 911 Center during a meeting of the Lewis County Fire Commissioners Association Monday night, with one clear message for those in attendance — the commissioners want to hear the thoughts of all the fire districts about options on the table.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 10:56:21 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 21 May 2019 17:56:21 GMT

Chelan Fire and Rescue Volunteer Named Firefighter of the Year
Chelan Fire and Rescue Volunteer Firefighter Jonathan Mendoza has been named as the Washington State Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. The department called it a huge honor for Mendoza and Chelan Fire and Rescue. Mendoza has been a firefighter in Chelan for just over five years regularly working at Station 71.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 6:41:38 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 21 May 2019 13:41:38 GMT

Four displaced by house fire in north Spokane
Three adults and one child were displaced Sunday evening after a fire burned a north Spokane home. Fire crews responded to the home at 6203 N. Alberta St. at about 8:30 p.m., and found flames shooting from the first floor as its occupants stood and watched from the outside, firefighters said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 9:54:23 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2019 16:54:23 GMT

Low Snowpack, Hot Spring Lead to Drought Declaration for Nearly Half of Washington State
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared drought Monday for nearly half of Washington watersheds, as the mountain snowpack that churns through hydropower dams, irrigates our state's orchards and provides for fish continues to dwindle well below normal. Twenty days into May, "our statewide snowpack is the fourth-lowest it's been over the past 30 years," said Jeff Marti, the drought coordinator for the Washington Department of Ecology.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 9:50:53 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 21 May 2019 16:50:53 GMT

Crews put out fast-spreading grass fire in Prosser that threatened home
Firefighters were able to quickly put out a brush fire that could have potentially been catastrophic on Monday afternoon. Crews received the call around 1:30 p.m. to a home on W 134 PR in Prosser. When they arrived, the fire was fast-spreading uphill heading towards a large field. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control quickly, and West Benton Fire Chief Seth Johnson said if it had entered into a nearby field, it could have grown much larger and been more catastrophic.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 5:43:47 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 21 May 2019 00:43:47 GMT

Aberdeen Child Praised for Fire Response That Saves Life and Property
An 11-year old Aberdeen resident is being praised for their quick thinking after finding a fire in a bedroom yesterday morning. Battalion Chief Dave Golding said in a press release they were called to the 100 block of North West Boulevard in South Aberdeen just after 11 am Monday. The 911 caller was an 11-year-old who had noticed the smell of smoke and found the fire in a bedroom.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 5:37:32 AM - SOURCE: KBKW 1450-AM & 94.7-FM
Posted on Tue, 21 May 2019 12:37:32 GMT

Clark County firefighters raise suicide awareness among first responders at 'Those Left Behind' event
VIDEO: Firefighters in Vancouver used their emergency lights to raise awareness about a serious concern. Friday night, firefighters with Clark County Fire District Six moved their engines outside and turned the lights on for one minute as part of a national event called Those Left Behind. The event honors those who have taken their own lives while sending a message to others that there is hope and help available.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Follow-up: 'A tinder box in our woods' - Wildfire season anticipated to be most dangerous, yet
"90 percent of our fires are caused by humans," said Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. And she's not talking about house fires. Franz is talking about wildfires. She says Washington is leading the nation in size and number of wildfires so far this year, and it’s just getting started.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2019 5:35:51 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2019 00:35:51 GMT

Firefighters extinguish 3 Spokane Valley building fires within 8 hours
Firefighters put out three building fires in Spokane Valley during an 8-hour period Friday night and into Saturday morning. Spokane Valley firefighters first responded to the 17400 block of E 5th Avenue for a house fire at 11:38 pm. At 1:18 am, they responded to the 16100 block of E. Wabash Avenue for a house fire with reports of people possibly trapped.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2019 4:26:03 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Sat, 18 May 2019 23:26:03 GMT

Spokane firefighters perform live fire training off Highway 195
PHOTOS: People seeing smoke in the area of Highway 195 and White Road are most likely seeing live fire training being performed by firefighters. According to Spokane County Fire District 8, the training was being performed at a home in the area along with the City of Spokane Fire Department. The house is down and may smoke a bit but the training has been completed.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2019 4:25:56 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Sat, 18 May 2019 23:25:56 GMT

3 vessels damaged in smoky fire along Seattle's Lake Union
VIDEO: A fire aboard three large boats and an adjacent pier sent a huge plume of black smoke skyward Friday over Seattle's Lake Union. Firefighters rushed to the scene, near East Garfield Street and Fairview Avenue East, at about 10:25 a.m. after receiving reports of a marine fire. Air 4 video from the scene showed two boats and a yacht ablaze and spewing smoke.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2019 1:48:42 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sat, 18 May 2019 08:48:42 GMT

Seattle Fire Foundation, community support help firefighters get new bulletproof vests
Seattle firefighters need more bulletproof vests because of growing dangers on the job. The department has gotten a few, but still needed more than 200 vests and there's no more money from the city to pay for them. But, with help from the Seattle Fire Foundation, more than $55,000 has been raised in community and corporate donations.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 9:04:37 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 17 May 2019 04:04:37 GMT

500 firefighters at Central Washington Interagency Fire Training Academy in Gleed
Hundreds of firefighters are training in preparation for this year’s fire season. "So today is the second day of the Central Washington Interagency Fire Training Academy here in Gleed," said Miles Pollack, Assistant Fire Unit Manager, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The annual week long training brings in 500 firefighters from multiple agencies.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 6:54:16 PM - SOURCE: NBC Right Now
Posted on Fri, 17 May 2019 01:54:16 GMT

Washington firefighters prepare for busy fireworks season
Firework season is coming up fast here in Washington. To help keep people safe, firefighters around the state got some training Thursday in inspecting and handling fireworks. Firefighters were given demonstrations to see how improperly handled fireworks can quickly lead to trouble. “The public is going to know when they get to these stands that they're getting a product that they can use, that is safe for their families," Deputy State Fire Marshal Kevin Hoff said.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 5:21:41 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 17 May 2019 00:21:41 GMT

Richland students learn CPR to the tune of 'Baby Shark'
VIDEO: Students in eighth grade at Chief Joseph Middle School got a lesson in CPR from the Richland Fire Department. 177 students were a part of the department's kickoff for Heartsafe, an initiative to teach everyone how to perform hands-on CPR properly. This class was the first one for the department.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 4:53:12 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 16 May 2019 23:53:12 GMT

Lake Wenatchee fire district agrees to buy former school property near Plain
Lake Wenatchee's fire district will acquire and develop 5.37 acres next to Beaver Valley Elementary School to build a new fire station adjacent to Chumstick Highway near Plain. The Cascade School Board voted Monday to approve the sale of the property, valued initially at $340,000, which has been under discussion since 2017.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 12:24:51 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 16 May 2019 19:24:51 GMT

Spokane lays off 10 dispatchers as it considers joining new emergency communications center
The city of Spokane gave layoff notices to more than half of its fire dispatchers Tuesday after many of the fire departments it provides services for said they would switch to a new emergency communications center. City spokeswoman Marlene Feist said the city once contracted with other fire departments across the area for emergency communications, but those fire departments have said they will now be working with the new Spokane Regional Emergency Communications Center instead.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 7:14:07 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 16 May 2019 14:14:07 GMT

Chehalis Fire Officials Warn of Serious Fire Season, Encourage Homes Be Made ‘Defensible Spaces’
About a decade ago, the prospect of a wildfire in southwest Washington wasn’t as severe as it is today, said Chehalis Fire Chief Ken Cardinale, adding that changing weather patterns resulting in fire-prone conditions will require the public to be more proactive in protecting property. “The threat of wildfire here in Lewis County has changed over the past five to 10 years,” said Cardinale.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 10:36:02 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 16 May 2019 17:36:02 GMT

Fairchild airmen rescue man from Spokane River
VIDEO: Firefighters say a man who had to be rescued from the Spokane River Wednesday could have died if not for two men who were uniquely equipped for the rescue. The man is expected to be OK, and the men who saved him said they were just in the right place at the right time. When Abraham Merisier and Josh Allison left Fairchild Air Force Base for their fishing trip at the Spokane River, swimming wasn't in their plans, but they quickly found out it was for someone else.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 6:44:58 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 16 May 2019 01:44:58 GMT

Bow residents rescue toddler from car crash
When a car crashed into the slough in Bow last week, a group of nearby residents sprung into action, potentially saving a life. About 5:15 p.m. on May 8, a car driven by Maranda Biggart left the road near the corner of Bayview Edison Road and Farm to Market Road. The car, occupied by Biggart and her two children, landed upside down in the water, feet from the home of Jake Schifferl and Elly Breckenridge-Schifferl.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 8:04:10 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com) - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 15 May 2019 15:04:10 GMT

Spokane first responders and law enforcement working to build early relationships with children
First responders want to make sure your kids aren't afraid of them. Paw Patrol Live is a show about a group of dogs and each one is a different first responder. It's performing this week at the First Interstate Center in Spokane. Kids who went were treated to a special event before the show. Not only did kids get to see their favorite Paw Patrol characters on stage, they got to see the real-life versions outside the theater, too.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 8:50:07 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 16 May 2019 03:50:07 GMT

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner: Wildfire season is arriving early
Washington’s wildfire seasons are arriving earlier, and that’s probably not good news for anyone hoping to avoid a repeat of the sun-choking smoke that has afflicted Seattle and much of the rest of the state for the last couple of summers. So what’s being done to prepare for and contain the blazes? On Episode 107 of The Overcast, The Seattle Times news and politics podcast, we put those questions to state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, the elected official who manages state forestland and wildfire-fighting efforts.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 1:51:25 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Tue, 14 May 2019 20:51:25 GMT

South County Fire Commissioner Richard Schrock dies
South County Fire announced Tuesday that Fire Commissioner Richard T. Schrock passed away Sunday, May 12 after a battle with cancer. He was 75 years old. Mr. Schrock served as a fire commissioner in South Snohomish County for more than eight years. He was appointed in October 2010 to fill a vacancy on the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners and was elected by voters the following year to his first six-year term.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 3:51:09 PM - SOURCE: MLTnews.com
Posted on Tue, 14 May 2019 22:51:09 GMT

Fire marshal lifts temporary Clark County burn ban
Effective at 8 a.m. Wed., May 15, Clark County will lift the temporary burn ban that was imposed last week. With rain currently falling and the forecast calling for more, Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway said it is safe to lift the current burn ban. “We are set to get a healthy dose of rain this week. That forecast, along with what rain is falling currently, gives us enough confidence to lift the burn ban.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 6:53:01 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 15 May 2019 13:53:01 GMT

Anacortes family 'still processing' after fire destroys home
As they stood outside, looking at the charred remains of their parents’ home Monday, members of the Dodge family couldn’t help but take stock. “It could have been worse,” said Brad Dodge. His father, stepmother, sister and three nephews got safely out of the house in the 3300 block of West Second Street before flames engulfed it at about 1 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 5:47:02 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Wed, 15 May 2019 00:47:02 GMT

Three people injured in Pasco house fire, official says
VIDEO: Three people were taken to a hospital for minor burns and smoke inhalation after their house caught fire Monday afternoon on Riverhawk Lane near Three Rivers Drive. At about 5:30 p.m., the Pasco Fire Department received a call about an active fire at a home located at 6115 Riverhawk Lane. Five people were at home, but not all of them were inside the house, according to Pasco Fire spokesman Ben Shearer.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 7:43:08 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 14 May 2019 02:43:08 GMT

Clark County Fire & Rescue recognizes community members for saving life
Clark County Fire & Rescue recognized multiple community heroes on Thursday, May 9 at Fire Station 21. Local citizen Suzanne Koller, CRESA Dispatch Supervisor Julie Walker and Ridgefield police officers Tyler King and Andrew Marvitz all received the Fire Chief’s Life Saving award for providing critical life-saving care to Suzanne’s mother in law during a heart attack.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 7:21:10 AM - SOURCE: The Reflector.com
Posted on Tue, 14 May 2019 14:21:10 GMT

Fire damages Kent East Hill condo; 2 safely evacuate
A bathroom fan with a mechanical problem ignited a fire in a Kent condominium early Monday morning, the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority reported. At 3:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a 911 call at the condo in the 9600 block of South 248th Street. The homeowner was taking a shower when the smoke detector went off, alerting her and the other member who was sleeping.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 1:10:36 PM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Mon, 13 May 2019 20:10:36 GMT

SUV heavily damaged, man extricated after crash near Orondo
A man was extricated from his vehicle after it was heavily damaged in a crash near Orondo early Tuesday morning. Orondo Fire, Ballard Ambulance and Washington State Patrol responded to the report of a car crash about a mile south of Orondo on US-97 just after midnight Tuesday. Crews arriving found a heavily-damaged vehicle blocking the highway.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 14 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Soap Lake apartment building destroyed in fire
PHOTO: A fire in Soap Lake completely destroyed an apartment building and left at least one person with serious burns. The fire reportedly broke out in the north building at the Lake Apartments on Daisy Street about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Grant County Fire District No. 7. Grant County Fire District No.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2019 10:48:38 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Mon, 13 May 2019 05:48:38 GMT

One person critical after crash in Seattle neighborhood closes streets, brings down wires
PHOTO: Firefighters had to cut the roof off of a vehicle to get someone out after a serious crash in the Alki neighborhood Monday morning. According to the Seattle Fire Department, the two-vehicle crash happened about 9:30 a.m. Monday at 59th Avenue SW and SW Horton Street. Two people were taken to a hospital, one with serious injuries and another in critical condition.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 10:05:33 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 13 May 2019 17:05:33 GMT

East Olympia Fire District 6 Purchases New Engine
The clang of a bell in the distance. The wail of a siren quickly getting louder. Gleaming chrome against impeccable red and gold paint. A fire engine tears around a corner, on its way to help someone in need. How does a particular engine become such a vital part of our community? Chief Warren Peterson, originally from California, has been working as the East Olympia Fire District 6 (EOFD) chief for just under five years.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 8:12:58 AM - SOURCE: Thurston Talk
Posted on Mon, 13 May 2019 15:12:58 GMT

Chehalis Fire Department Faces Increased Costs for Room and Board
The Chehalis City Council will consider Monday an update to the interlocal agreement between the city and Lewis County Fire District 6 accounting for the now indefinite housing of the Chehalis Fire Department by Fire District 6 at its facility on Jackson Highway. Chehalis firefighters evacuated their building at 455 NW Park St.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2019 8:24:36 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 11 May 2019 03:24:36 GMT

Man trapped in ditch by mini excavator in Spokane suffers broken arm
Firefighters rescued a man after he was pinned in a ditch by a mini excavator he was operating in the backyard of a South Hill house on Saturday. The man, who has not been identified, was digging a 4-feet deep ditch for a new sewer system at about 2:30 p.m. at 1416 W. 7th Ave., according to Spokane Fire Department Battalion Chief Darin Neiwert.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2019 4:30:35 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sat, 11 May 2019 23:30:35 GMT

Firefighters investigate suspicious warehouse fire in Toppenish
Toppenish Fire officials are looking into a suspicious warehouse fire near US-97 and State Route 22. Around 10 a.m. Sunday, firefighters were called out to the warehouse fire. The building was vacant for 25 years, until recently. A semi-truck and car were inside the two-story building. While firefighters put out the fire, the roof collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2019 1:51:52 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 12 May 2019 20:51:52 GMT

Whatcom County forecasters, firefighters: ‘If you fall in that water, it’s a pretty good shock and you could drown’
With another sunny weekend expected, weather forecasters and firefighters warn residents to take care around water in Washington, which has drowning rates among the highest in the U.S. Despite the warm weather, many lakes and rivers remain deceptively cold, National Weather Service meteorologists said, and several water-related incidents have been reported recently in Whatcom County — including stranded boaters, a toddler who fell into a pond and a boater who nearly died when his sailboat flipped on Lake Whatcom.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2019 5:34:46 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Sun, 12 May 2019 12:34:46 GMT

Wildfire burning near Oroville; no evacuation order in place
Fire season has started and one area in Washington state is already getting hit with a wildfire. Firefighters are working to put out a wildfire near Oroville in northern Washington. The Okanogan County Emergency Management Team released a Level 1 Advisory to residents. The fire is close to Abie Lane, about 10 miles south of Oroville.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2019 6:01:21 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 13 May 2019 01:01:21 GMT

Drones to aid Eastside Fire & Rescue with water rescues, fires
Lakes and rivers will be popular destinations across the region this weekend with temperatures expected to soar well into the 80s. Rescue drones, a new tool unveiled by Firefighters with Eastside Fire & Rescue Wednesday, will help with water rescues, wildfires, and search operations. Three drones may be used to determine how many resources are needed during wildfire, search and rescue operations, firefighters said.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 4:51:27 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 09 May 2019 23:51:27 GMT

Polystyrene Catches Fire at Wenatchee Packing Plant
Multiple fire agencies responded to a second-alarm fire at the Dolco Packing plant on Columbia Street. Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett says the blaze was reported around 8:45 p.m. and was quickly upgraded to a commercial fire. “When units arrived, we did have product on fire in Building 9 and Dolco.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 12:04:44 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 09 May 2019 19:04:44 GMT

More than a dozen agencies take part in disaster training at Fairchild Air Force Base
PHOTOS: It looks like something out of an action movie, a situation no one wants to think about. "We have a lot of aircraft here and need to be ready in case one of these bad days happens," Airway Heights Fire Chief Mitch Metzger said. But emergency crews need to be prepared. So on Thursday, May 8, first responders from Fairchild Air Force Base and Airway Heights conducted a large-scale accident response exercise.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 3:44:19 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 09 May 2019 22:44:19 GMT

Eastern Washington fire danger bumped up a notch
It's a sign that another flame-and-smoke-filled wildfire season is upon us. Effective Friday, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is increasing the fire danger rating from "low" to "moderate" for ten Eastern Washington fire danger rating areas. It's a brand new system being put into place this fire season based on the distinct landscapes on this side of Washington and how the wind tends to blow through those areas (canyons, valleys, etc.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 4:56:04 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 09 May 2019 23:56:04 GMT

Update: Zillah student remains in critical condition after inflatable accident
The 18-year-old student who was injured in an inflatable incident at a Zillah High School Associated Student Body event remained in critical condition as of Thursday. Kirsten Tackett was one of four students injured when a gust of wind dislodged stakes holding down an inflatable interactive game on the afternoon of May 1.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 1:54:17 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Thu, 09 May 2019 20:54:17 GMT

Eastsound Fire Station’s mural project remembers 9/11
Like many of us, Robin Lassen remembers exactly where she was on Sept. 11, 2001. “I was living in California getting ready for work. We had the TV news on in the background and went to see what the talk of a plane crash was all about. That’s when I saw the second plane hit. We all saw the second plane hit that tower.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2019 3:40:48 AM - SOURCE: San Juan Islands' Sounder
Posted on Fri, 10 May 2019 10:40:48 GMT

Washington, Federal Officials Sign Agreement To Protect Forests
State and federal officials signed an agreement Wednesday to protect Washington’s forests and wildlife. The plan would combine resources to fight destructive wildfires, threats to forest health and challenges faced by salmon and orcas. “If we’re going to prevent the Evergreen State from turning brown, we must begin to coordinate, collaborate and work tirelessly to change the trajectory of these forests as one team,” said Hilary Franz, Washington’s lands commissioner and head of its Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 3:39:07 PM - SOURCE: Oregon Public Broadcasting
Posted on Wed, 08 May 2019 22:39:07 GMT

Vashon Islanders feel effects of poor fire protection rating
A decreased rating for Vashon’s firefighting capabilities has meant increased insurance costs for some property owners and additional understanding of the importance of local volunteer firefighters. Effective last June, the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) downgraded the fire protection rating of some areas on Vashon and Maury Islands from 5 to 9, with lower scores being better scores.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 1:03:35 PM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Wed, 08 May 2019 20:03:35 GMT

Pickup catches fire on neighborhood street in Wenatchee
VIDEO: Wednesday’s beautiful weather suddenly turned smoky in the vicinity of Washington and Buchanan Streets near downtown Wenatchee in the late afternoon when a pickup truck caught fire. Chelan County Fire District No. 1 (Chelan 1) Deputy Chief Andy Davidson tells iFIBER ONE News the late 90s model GMC Sonoma SLS was first reported to have had flames on its underside.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 6:15:17 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 09 May 2019 01:15:17 GMT

Grant County firefighters help pull cows from canal
PHOTO: Firefighters in Grant County responded to a different type of call Monday. They arrived at a canal near Martin Road and Highway 28 to assist with pulling out three cows that had gone into the canal and were trapped, according to Grant County Fire District 13. Citizens and firefighters worked together to successfully pull all three cows from the canal.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 5:28:52 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 09 May 2019 00:28:52 GMT

Cheney: Neighbor recounts fire police say was intentionally set by victim's ex
A man told police he lay in wait outside of his ex-girlfriend’s home before setting it on fire because he was upset they had broken up court documents say. David Weimer was arrested on Tuesday and charged with arson and attempted murder. The victim was not injured by the fire. Weimer and the victim had been dating for a year before they broke up about six weeks ago, according to the victim.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 5:31:22 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 09 May 2019 00:31:22 GMT

Woman jumps off Seattle bridge, attacks crews trying to save her in hour-long rescue
A woman who jumped off a Seattle bridge spent more than an hour in the water fending off those trying to rescue her, then attacked medics while on the way to the hospital, fire officials said. The ordeal began around 4 p.m when witnesses saw a woman jump off the 1st Avenue Bridge into the Duwamish River.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 8:00:20 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 09 May 2019 15:00:20 GMT

GOP leader urges Benton County to let fire districts use ‘enormous surplus’ to save lives
The chairman of the Benton County Republican Party says he’ll continue to press the county’s elected leaders to discuss new ways to invest surplus taxes in public safety. Bill Berkman asked the county’s three Republican commissioners on Tuesday to consider the party’s plan to seek voter approval to add rural fire districts to other agencies eligible for a special sales tax to support law enforcement.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 8:55:24 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 08 May 2019 03:55:24 GMT

Seattle "Health One" program to address non-emergency 911 calls
Seattle will launch a pilot program, called “Health One,” in which a team of specially trained firefighters accompanied by a social worker will help people downtown with mental health and substance abuse problems. A special vehicle will be designated to serve as the lead Health One response unit to respond to incidents in the downtown core and adjacent residential neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 10:17:17 AM - SOURCE: Seattle/LocalHealthGuide
Posted on Wed, 08 May 2019 17:17:17 GMT

‘Scout Shack’ serves firefighters after Troop 1’s demise
PHOTOS: Smoke poured through a hole in the roof of a rustic building in Everett’s Port Gardner neighborhood. As firefighters worked in the midday sun, 79-year-old John Estie stood by with other onlookers. Taking in the scene Tuesday, Estie said, “104 years up in smoke.” It was no emergency but rather live-fire training near the intersection of Nassau and 34th streets.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 3:42:01 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Wed, 08 May 2019 10:42:01 GMT

Two South King Fire and Rescue divisions file for union representation
Two divisions of South King Fire and Rescue have filed representation petitions to join the IAFF Local 2024 union to solidify their conditions of work amid upcoming changes in administration. The first petition was filed for fleet and mechanics, which the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) certified on April 24.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 1:00:33 PM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Tue, 07 May 2019 20:00:33 GMT

8th grade girls in Wenatchee School District get hands on with traditionally-male job skills
“Girl power” reigned supreme on the Wenatchee Valley College campus Tuesday afternoon, as the fourth-annual Pizza, Pop & Power Tools event took center stage there. The middle school field experience involved every 8th grade female student in the Wenatchee School District (WSD) and is designed to expose its young participants to a variety of career options which have traditionally been filled largely by males.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 4:45:37 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 07 May 2019 23:45:37 GMT

DNR didn’t get its $62.5 million tax increase... so what’s in the budget for firefighting?
Fighting wildfires in Washington costs an average of $153 million a year. Last year, Public Lands Commissioner Hillary Franz offered a plan to cope with some of those costs. How did the proposal fare? Under the state budget just finalized last week, the Department of Natural Resources will receive $48.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 4:45:43 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 07 May 2019 23:45:43 GMT

Lewis County Funds Study on 911 Infrastructure
Amid ongoing discussions about the future of 911 services in Lewis County, first responders are funding a study to look at the future of the county’s communications infrastructure — which is expected to require expensive maintenance and upgrades. County commissioners Monday approved an agreement with Hatfield & Dawson Consulting Engineers for $89,000 to “provide a communications infrastructure planning document focused on fire and law enforcement services.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 10:14:55 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 07 May 2019 17:14:55 GMT

Police investigate improvised bombs and an arson fire in Pullman, Moscow
Pullman police began searching for an arsonist after a fire destroyed a laser tag arena on Sunday, the same day a device resembling a pipe bomb was discovered in a city park. Days earlier, another improvised explosive was found in a mobile home just across the state line in Moscow. No arrests have been made in connection with any of the three incidents, and it’s unclear if they are related.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 9:42:26 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 07 May 2019 04:42:26 GMT

Young girl seriously hurt after fall from 2nd story window in Vancouver
A child was seriously hurt after falling from a second-story window Monday afternoon, the Vancouver Fire Department says. The 23-month old girl fell from the window of a home in the 5200 block of 121st Avenue around 3:30 p.m. in an area known as the One Lake Place Condominiums. Vancouver fire officials confirm the girl fell from the window and landed on concrete.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 6:16:24 PM - SOURCE: KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton
Posted on Tue, 07 May 2019 01:16:24 GMT

Valley Regional Fire Authority encourages homeowners to prepare for fires in the wildland-urban interface
Each year, wildland fires consume homes in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), or areas where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildland fire. This year, according to a report by the National Interagency Fire Center, Western Washington will be more prone to these WUI fires than usual. In fact, the west side saw 51 fires in March alone.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 1:03:23 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Mon, 06 May 2019 20:03:23 GMT

Spokane Fire Medic saves a life on his day off
Over the weekend, an off duty fire medic saved a person’s life. According to a Facebook post from Spokane County Fire District 8, on Sunday, Jack C. was driving home from the store with his family, when he noticed bystanders doing CPR. He immediately stopped and left his family in his car to help.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 3:54:13 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 06 May 2019 22:54:13 GMT

Fall City Fire plans for progress despite opposition to merger
While the proposed merger of Fall City Fire into Eastside Fire and Rescue has failed, the fire district is working to make improvements on their own. Proposition 1 would have merged Fire District 27, covering Fall City, into the much larger Fire District 10 which is operated by Eastside Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2019 1:44:53 AM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie Valley Record
Posted on Sun, 05 May 2019 08:44:53 GMT

Fire destroys house, six cars in Chelan
PHOTO: Fire destroyed a house in the Sunnybanks neighborhood of Chelan early Saturday morning. The blaze was reported at 3:41 a.m. in the 4000 block of Sunnybank Drive and drew the response of 25 personnel and seven apparatus, mostly from Chelan County Fire District No. 7. District No. 7 Chief Tim Lemon said the residence was fully involved when firefighters arrived on scene and also destroyed six vehicles and an attached carport.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2019 6:44:59 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Sun, 05 May 2019 01:44:59 GMT

Fire breaks out at landfill near Fairchild Air Force Base
A fire on a landfill near Fairchild Air Force Base sent heavy smoke into the air Sunday morning. Firefighters from the district and the base responded at about 4:30 a.m. to a report about the smoke and put out the blaze in about four hours with water and foam using about 12 trucks and fire engines. No one was injured and no evacuation of homes was necessary in the sparsely populated area west of Airway Heights, said Nick Scharff, fire chief of Spokane County Fire District 10.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2019 2:13:51 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sun, 05 May 2019 21:13:51 GMT

South Whidbey volunteer firefighters, EMTs honored at awards banquet
South Whidbey Fire/EMS honored volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians during an awards dinner at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. Volunteers and staff responded to 2,697 calls during 2018, breaking records set for all previous years of emergency service. The evening opened with a performance of patriotic songs by the South Whidbey High School choral group.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2019 1:45:02 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 04 May 2019 08:45:02 GMT

Fire damages Pullman's Cougar Laser Arena
A fire early Sunday morning caused extensive damage to the inside of Cougar Laser Arena in Pullman. According to the Pullman Fire Department, firefighters were called to the building, located at 1234 South Grand Ave., around 2:00 a.m. for reports of smoke. Crews arrived and found smoke and flames coming from the building.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2019 10:41:38 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sun, 05 May 2019 17:41:38 GMT

Kitchen fire in apartment near Spokane Falls Community College leaves five displaced
Five people were displaced from their apartment Sunday after a fire broke out in an apartment near Spokane Falls Community College. Spokane firefighters were called to the unit of the three-story apartment complex at 1935 N. Holy Names Court at about 5 p.m., where they found a fire burning in the kitchen, the fire department said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 10:38:54 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 06 May 2019 17:38:54 GMT

Maple Valley home heavily damaged in fire
PHOTO: Firefighters are investigating after a Maple Valley home was heavily damaged in a fire early Saturday morning. The home is located in the 25300 block of 236 Court Southeast. Firefighters arrived at 1:30 a.m. to find the entire second story of the house burning and the roof already collapsing.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2019 2:40:18 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 Seattle
Posted on Sun, 05 May 2019 09:40:18 GMT

13 exposed to radiation at hazmat incident near Harborview
Thirteen people had to be decontaminated for radiation exposure -- and eight of them hospitalized -- after a breach of a radioactive substance at the Harborview Medical Center Research and Training Building Thursday night in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood. Contractors were transporting Caesium-137 near Terrace Street and Terry Avenue when the breach occurred, according to Kristin Tinsley with Seattle Fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 7:58:31 AM - SOURCE: seattlepi.com
Posted on Fri, 03 May 2019 14:58:31 GMT

Wildfire Risk Rising: State Lands Commissioner unveils statewide wildfire plan, calls for change
Washington state has a wildfire crisis. In 2018, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources – the state’s largest wildfire fighting force – responded to more than 1,850 wildfires, a record high. Across Washington, 440,000 acres burned. The costs to fight wildfires in this state each year are immense – averaging $153 million.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 9:23:36 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma Daily Index
Posted on Fri, 03 May 2019 16:23:36 GMT

Woman seriously injured in Martha Lake apartment fire
A woman was seriously injured in an apartment fire in the Martha Lake area east of Lynnwood Thursday night. According to South County Fire spokeswoman Leslie Hynes, a neighbor called 911 at 7:06 p.m. to report a fire in an apartment at the Millwood Estates in the 16600 block of 6th Ave. W. in unincorporated Lynnwood.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 10:52:19 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Fri, 03 May 2019 05:52:19 GMT

Levy Passage Going Far for Small South Pierce Fire And Rescue
For small fire and EMS servicers — such as South Pierce Fire and Rescue — every penny gets stretched. So when voters approved two propositions to lift levies last November for those services, it meant a lot to the fire authority and its staff. “For us, it’s huge,” said Fire Chief Lloyd Galey. “We cover 140-square miles and we do that with six people a day.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 1:12:49 PM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Thu, 02 May 2019 20:12:49 GMT

Crews contain Sunnyslope brush fire
PHOTOS: Crews contained a Sunnyslope brush fire to a small area despite high winds Thursday afternoon. The fire was reported at 1:52 p.m. on the 500 block of Lower Sunnyslope Road and threatened at least one home. It damaged or destroyed two cherry trees, at least two vehicles and a lawnmower. It's unclear how the fire started, said Battalion Chief Andy Davidson with Chelan County Fire District 1.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 2:39:46 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Thu, 02 May 2019 21:39:46 GMT

Fire erupts in East Wenatchee wood pile
PHOTO: Crews from Douglas County Fire District No. 2 responded to a brush fire late Tuesday afternoon. The blaze was reported at around 4:15 p.m. on the grounds of a recently removed orchard in the 5000 block of 8th St. SE in East Wenatchee. The fire sparked in a large pile of cut wood before spreading to an area of dry grass nearby.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 10:49:08 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 02 May 2019 17:49:08 GMT

No injuries after Spokane house fire caused ceiling to collapse on top of firefighter
A firefighter was unhurt after a ceiling collapsed during a house fire on N. Day Mt. Spokane Road. The owner of the home in the 19000 block of N. Day Mt. Spokane road noticed burn marks coming through the ceiling Wednesday and acted quickly to try and extinguish it with a fire extinguisher and then a garden hose.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 5:43:49 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 02 May 2019 00:43:49 GMT

Teenage boy rescued after becoming stuck on cliff in Clark County
PHOTOS: Vancouver Fire crews had to rescue a teenage boy off a cliff after he became stuck early Thursday morning. Vancouver Fire said crews were dispatched to the area of Southeast 192nd Avenue and Southeast Brady Road at around 3 a.m. According to Vancouver Fire, the teen was with a group of friends.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 7:39:28 AM - SOURCE: KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton
Posted on Thu, 02 May 2019 14:39:28 GMT

5 Zillah students injured when wind picks up bouncy house
VIDEO: A bouncy house at Zillah High School event was carried more than 240 feet by a gust of wind, injuring four students and leaving another in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. Emergency responders received a report about an incident on the Zillah football field at 2:35 p.m., said city fire chief Paul Stonemetz.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 4:43:35 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 01 May 2019 23:43:35 GMT

Spokane firefighters practice attack strategies for wildfire season
“Each wildfire season seems to be getting worse and worse each year,” Spokane Valley Firefighter, Scott Niebuhr, said. With that in mind, firefighters start preparing months in advance. Wednesday, Spokane Valley and Spokane County firefighters practiced two different fire attack strategies: mobile and progressive.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 6:47:22 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 02 May 2019 01:47:22 GMT

Aberdeen Transient Arrested on Investigation of Arson After Morck Fire
A 48-year old Aberdeen transient was arrested by Aberdeen Police officers and detectives at the Aberdeen Library Tuesday afternoon following a fire at the Morck building (located at 215 South K St.). Just after 1:30 PM police and fire personnel responded to a report of black smoke coming from the building.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 4:49:09 PM - SOURCE: KBKW 1450-AM & 94.7-FM
Posted on Wed, 01 May 2019 23:49:09 GMT

Firefighters respond again to massive fire at glass company in east Spokane
A massive fire erupted for the second time in less than two years early Wednesday at a Tormino’s Sash and Glass in east Spokane. Crews were called to the building at Helena and Riverside about 3:50 a.m. Flames towered out of the building. No injuries were reported. The earlier fire at the building, 102 N.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 6:08:13 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 01 May 2019 13:08:13 GMT

Marysville and Fire District 12’s Regional Fire Authority measure narrowly passing
Marysville and Fire District 12’s Regional Fire Authority measure was on the April 23 ballot and the Regional Fire Authority has a slim lead. The measure would turn the Marysville Fire District into a Regional Fire Authority (RFA) that unifies the way the district is funded as well as changes the way it is governed.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2019 1:03:34 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 30 Apr 2019 20:03:34 GMT

Former Ocean Shores Fire Chief David Bathke files federal lawsuit against city
Recently fired Ocean Shores Fire Chief David Bathke has filed a federal lawsuit against the city contending his dismissal was a breach of contract and a violation of his right to due process. The lawsuit, dated April 23, also includes a demand by Bathke under his contract that arbitration be used over what he alleges was a breach of contract, but that the arbitration be stayed pending a decision on whether it is mandatory under the terms he was hired under.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2019 6:39:44 PM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Posted on Wed, 01 May 2019 01:39:44 GMT

Train Causes Brush Fire Near Rochester
PHOTOS: A brush fire near Rochester that started late Tuesday morning was caused by a train kicking up sparks as it traveled near the area of Old Highway 9 and state Route 12. Nobody was hurt and no property was destroyed during the blaze, said Capt. Lanette Dyer of West Thurston Regional Fire Authority, which fought the fire along with the Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2019 4:46:18 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 30 Apr 2019 23:46:18 GMT

Two dead in plane crash near La Center
Two people were found dead in a crashed plane near La Center, Washington, Monday afternoon. The Clark County Sheriff's Office said the single-engine plane crashed into a pond south of the East Fork Lewis River off NE 269th Street. It's unclear exactly when the plane crashed but investigators believe it happened recently.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2019 7:43:00 PM - SOURCE: KOIN-TV Portland
Posted on Tue, 30 Apr 2019 02:43:00 GMT

Update: Human error may have caused deadly Seattle crane collapse
Human error may have caused a crane collapse that killed four people and injured four others over the weekend, experts said Monday. Don't focus on the weather as the key reason why a construction crane toppled over, killing four people, attorney David Kwass said. He has litigated construction crane accidents in the past.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2019 3:45:08 PM - SOURCE: KING 5 News
Posted on Mon, 29 Apr 2019 22:45:08 GMT

Teens Sought, Allegedly Set Fire to Over 20 Trees in Benton City
Benton County Sheriffs are searching for a group of suspects, accused of setting a fire that torched at least 20-25 or more arborvitae trees Saturday afternoon. Around 1:30pm, Deputies say fire crews responded to the corner of 7th. Street and Della Ave. and found a row of the tall evergreens on fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2019 2:48:54 PM - SOURCE: KFLD-AM 870
Posted on Mon, 29 Apr 2019 21:48:54 GMT

No one badly injured after kitchen fire in Kennewick
A home that caught fire early Monday afternoon reignited later in the evening after fire crews had already responded. The second fire ended up destroying the entire home. Fire crews at first responded to the home in the 2200 block of S. Dayton Street just after 12:30 p.m. when a fire alarm alerted the home's residents - who were upstairs at the time - to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2019 1:52:48 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Mon, 29 Apr 2019 20:52:48 GMT



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