Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Yakima City Council axes fire position to bolster general fund reserve
Last-minute changes to the city of Yakima’s 2019 budget left the city with nearly $200,000 to put into its depleted general fund reserve, but it came at a price. After going back and forth for months on whether the Yakima Fire Department’s public education captain position would be eliminated, the Yakima City Council’s final decision Tuesday was to make the cut and put the $160,000 in savings toward the reserve.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 11:39:51 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:39:51 GMT

With contract talks still stalled, Seattle EMTs set strike deadline of Dec. 21
Hundreds of unionized emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in Seattle have set a deadline of Dec. 21 to go on strike, calling into question how the city plans to respond to people in medical crisis if they walk off the job. City officials say they are working on a plan, but won’t say what it is until a strike is called.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 6:07:43 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Wed, 12 Dec 2018 02:07:43 GMT

Arlington Fire medic units now equipped with grant-funded power cots
The techniques used by paramedics and firefighters to transport patients at the scenes of accidents and emergencies save lives, but all that lifting can also wreak havoc on their backs. Arlington Fire Department last month retrofitted three medic units and an aid car with battery-powered hydraulic patient lifting and lowering systems that will improve patient transfer, while reducing back strain.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 1:05:02 PM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:05:02 GMT

Tri-City fire district searches for more volunteers to staff fire stations
Fire districts across the Tri-Cities rely on volunteers. It allows districts to save money and still provide top-notch care to the community Volunteers are always needed, but you don't have to become a firefighter in order to volunteer. "I'm not a firefighter. I have no firefighter background," said Bill Leach, volunteer for Benton County Fire District #4.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 6:34:39 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 12 Dec 2018 02:34:39 GMT

Family of five escape early morning house fire in Yakima
Firefighters say no one is hurt after a family's home in Yakima caught fire early Wednesday morning. Crews with the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) were called to the 800 block of S. 4th Ave. around 5:30 a.m. to find flames at the home. Firefighters said the smoke alarm alerted the family of five and everyone inside the burning home was able to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 11:17:38 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:17:38 GMT

Grand Coulee fire and ambulance service recognized
The Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department/Ambulance Service and the Grand Coulee Police Department members and spouses met Saturday night to honor and thank them for their service to the area. The year's activities were recounted, good teamwork the three departments had enjoyed and the fact all the departments had not had any injuries were reported this year.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 10:41:58 AM - SOURCE: Grand Coulee Star
Posted on Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:41:58 GMT

Spokane City Council puts property tax to pay more firefighters, police on ballot
Voters will be asked to pass a property tax increase in February that would pay for 20 police officers and 30 firefighters as well as criminal justice programs. The Spokane City Council approved putting the measure to raise an additional $5.8 million on the ballot during their regular Monday meeting.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 11:29:02 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:29:02 GMT

Off-duty Edmonds firefighter recognized for efforts to save man on Lake Whatcom
Off-duty South County Fire & Rescue firefighter Antonio “Tony” Robinson, who works out of Edmonds’ Station 17, was recognized Saturday for his efforts last summer to help save the life of a former Olympic rower who suffered sudden cardiac arrest on Lake Whatcom. Charles Hamlin, 71, a rower in the 1968 Olympics, was on Lake Whatcom in June when he appeared to have a seizure.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2018 9:59:06 PM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Sun, 09 Dec 2018 05:59:06 GMT

Update: Another Jehovah’s Witness center has been destroyed in 9-month rash of arson attacks in Thurston County
At the center of the investigation into crimes against Jehovah’s Witnesses – including two fires that destroyed worship centers – is a question that has vexed Washington state investigators, the governor and pretty much anyone who has come into contact with the religious denomination: Who could muster this much destructive rage against a religion full of pacifists? On Friday morning, Thurston County authorities responded to a predawn fire in the city of Lacey, Washington.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 1:58:07 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:58:07 GMT

Eastside Fire and Rescue's Reindeer fire engine collects gifts for children in need
VIDEO - Eastside Fire and Rescue Station 83 visited local neighborhoods to collect gifts for underprivileged kids, and rode in a festive reindeer fire engine. Firefighters drove down neighborhoods with a fire engine decorated like Santa's slay and collected gifts for children of all ages. The engine, which included reindeer antlers, was greeted by residents who were braving the rain and cold.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 10:11:26 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:11:26 GMT

Bainbridge Island Fire Department to seek permanent EMS levy
Enough with the Band-Aids, despite how long they stick. Officials with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department want to make the agency’s property tax levy for emergency medical services permanent. Fire commissioners recently agreed, by an unanimous vote, to put before voters a permanent EMS levy. It will appear on the Feb.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2018 1:00:46 PM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:00:46 GMT

Bellevue car wash suffers heavy damage in early morning fire
A car wash in Bellevue suffered heavy damage during a fire Monday morning. The fire broke out around 6:30 a.m. in the 12800 block of Bellevue-Redmond Road, according to the Bellevue Fire Department. Flames were showing through the roof when firefighters arrived. Initially firefighters were attacking the fire from the inside, but flames became too intense and they had to retreat to fighting the fire from the outside.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 8:01:30 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:01:30 GMT

Man dies in fall into North Seattle well shaft
A 51-year-old man was killed when he fell into a well shaft on Sunday. The fall happened around 9 p.m. in the 9500 block of 3rd Ave. NW, according to Seattle Fire officials. Medics and firefighters arrived to find the man's body at the bottom of the 7 foot well. Investigators are still sorting out how the man fell into the well.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 6:01:49 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:01:49 GMT

Future of Chehalis Fire Station Still Undecided
The Chehalis Fire Department is still operating out of Lewis County Fire District 6 headquarters and there are no immediate plans for it to move back to downtown Chehalis more than four months after evacuating the 455 NW Park St. building due to asbestos contamination. Renovation work has continued there since cleanup efforts related to the asbestos wrapped up in September.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2018 7:01:50 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 08 Dec 2018 03:01:50 GMT

One person with minor burns after Airway Heights mobile home fire
An Airway Heights family lost their home in a fire Sunday night. The fire started at a mobile home in the Vietzke Mobile Home Park, on South Craig Road, shortly after 8 p.m. Some neighbors packed their things, fearing the fire would spread to their homes. Crews quickly responded and prevented the fire from damaging any other homes though.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2018 10:23:02 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:23:02 GMT

Fire destroys vacant residence in Elma
An abandoned residence in Elma was destroyed by fire early Sunday evening, according to Grays Harbor Fire District 5. Investigators say they plan to return to the fire site Monday to determine a cause and to confirm the structure was unoccupied. Fire crews were dispatched about 6:30 p.m. Sunday to the 100 block of Blockhouse Road North.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 10:36:20 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:36:20 GMT

Potential arson destroys Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Lacey
An early morning fire destroyed a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Lacey and it's being investigated as a possible arson. The fire broke out around 3:45 a.m. Friday at the hall on 6th Ave SE near Carpenter Road SE. LACEY, Wash. -- An early morning fire destroyed a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Lacey and it's being investigated as a possible arson.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2018 5:56:10 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:56:10 GMT

Seattle Fire Department ambulance briefly stolen while on call in Pioneer Square
A Seattle Fire Department ambulance was briefly stolen while on call in Pioneer Square early Friday morning. The unit was responding to an incident in the 1500 block of 3rd Avenue , according to Hilton Almond with Seattle Police. When medics returned outside 15 minutes later, they found their ambulance was gone.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Pasco firefighters show just how fast Christmas trees can catch fire
Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, how flammable are your branches? Very, it turns out. And Pasco firefighters wanted to show people just how quickly a Christmas tree can combust—so for once—they started a fire. Set up in their training facility was a couch, end table, and a Christmas tree—resembling a standard living room.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2018 8:57:54 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 07 Dec 2018 04:57:54 GMT

Adolescents setting more fires in Yakima; officials offer counseling program
Yakima firefighters are taking steps to prevent preteens and young teens from starting fires, which firefighters say is a recent trend in Yakima. The city and the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) said Thursday they have encountered an uptick in fires that are intentionally started by kids between the ages of 11 and 14.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2018 4:50:29 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:50:29 GMT

Firefighters bring Santa to Bothell
Santa Clause is coming to town with help from Bothell firefighters this year as local IAFF members prepare for their inaugural food and toy drive. Currently, about nine local firefighters are decorating their truck with holiday lights in preparation for the three-week charity drive. The firefighters will spend their free time during three days over three weekends from 5-6 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2018 1:03:13 PM - SOURCE: Bothell Reporter
Posted on Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:03:13 GMT

Transport fees come back into focus at Vashon fire district
More than a year after the Vashon fire district began charging for ambulance transport to area hospitals, those fees are back in the spotlight, with commissioners exploring charging insurance companies only, not individuals. A handful of islanders attended last week’s fire commissioners’ meeting and raised concerns about the fees, saying that they were concerned the charges would prevent people from calling 911 when necessary.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 1:04:29 PM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:04:29 GMT

Yakima fire crews say more houses caught fire during holidays compared to summer last year
For many, there's nothing more cozy than laying next to your fireplace and putting the finishing touches on your Christmas tree. But local fire crews say one mistake could have your home in flames. Numbers from last year show Yakima fire crews dealt with more house fires during the holidays than in the summer time.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 8:09:45 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 06 Dec 2018 04:09:45 GMT

Two fires displace four Longview families
Four Longview families were displaced by two different fires Wednesday evening, according to the Longview Fire Department. Three of those families were involved in an apartment fire reported at 5:45 p.m. in the 1900 block of Dorothy Street. Battalion chief Troy Buzalsky said the department “redeployed” fire crews from another potential fire reported in West Longview, and units from as far away as Kalama were also sent to help.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2018 11:03:05 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:03:05 GMT

500 gallons of gas spilled in Spokane Valley
A large gas spill shut down an intersection in Spokane Valley during the Thursday morning commute. The spill happened near the North Sullivan Rd. and East Indiana Avenue intersection at about 7 a.m. The northbound lanes and one southbound lane of Sullivan Road were reopened at about 12:15 p.m. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office reported that one truck was unable to stop and rear-ended the a tanker truck, which had stopped for traffic.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV
Posted on Thu, 06 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Dryer fire renders Yakima home unlivable
A family is without a home after a dryer fire Wednesday rendered their house unlivable. Yakima firefighters responded about 10:40 a.m. to a structure fire at 514 N. 22nd Ave. The first crew to arrive found the residents evacuating and saw smoke coming from the home, according to a Yakima Fire Department news release.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 3:58:24 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:58:24 GMT

Gig Harbor firefighters sent to help battle California wildfires come back more experienced
The experience four Gig Harbor firefighters gained from helping battle California’s forest fires will pay off locally, officials said. “When we send them back out they will have invaluable experience that they would not otherwise be able to get,” said Fire Prevention Division Chief Eric Waters. “That will improve their safety and efficiency when they’re out on the fire line.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 6:17:12 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:17:12 GMT

Fire shoots flames up trees in Joyce
Ammunition exploded and flames climbed nearby trees as firefighters from Clallam Fire District No. 4 arrived at a fully engulfed unoccupied mobile home early Tuesday morning. Firefighters were directed to the fire at 34 Lewallen Road at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and had the fire contained within half an hour after arriving, Chief Greg Waters said.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 8:39:13 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 05 Dec 2018 04:39:13 GMT

Fire destroys Edison art studio
An art studio in Edison was destroyed in a fire Tuesday afternoon. Christine Wardenburg-Skinner, who owns the studio with her husband Tom Skinner, said she was at home on the property when she heard an explosion about 3:30 p.m. in the neighboring studio. “It’s just a complete, total loss,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 5:37:26 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Wed, 05 Dec 2018 01:37:26 GMT

Bellingham man already facing arson charges also suspected in Cordata warehouse fire
A man already charged with setting a November warehouse fire in Bellingham’s Roosevelt neighborhood also is suspected of arson in a second warehouse fire where he previously worked, causing an estimated $5 million worth of damage two days earlier. According to Whatcom County Superior Court documents filed Nov.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 3:11:52 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 23:11:52 GMT

Clallam County firefighters step into dodgeball training
Firefighters turned back the clock for a game of schoolyard dodgeball last week. Clallam County Fire District 3’s A-shift rolled out the fire trucks for the special training on Nov. 29 inside Station 34 on Fifth Avenue. Fire Chief Ben Andrews said the “exercise provides the opportunity for firefighters to get in a great cardio workout, work hard with their protective equipment and breathing apparatus, and have some fun as a team.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2018 6:23:37 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:23:37 GMT

Fire destroys trailer in Rochester
A 22-foot travel trailer in Rochester was destroyed by fire early Tuesday, according to West Thurston Fire. Fire crews were dispatched about 8:50 a.m. Tuesday to an area off 163rd Lane Southwest near Case Road Southwest, Fire Chief Robert Scott said. Someone was living in the trailer, but it wasn’t occupied at the time of the fire, he said.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 3:31:14 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 23:31:14 GMT

Spokane City Council considers $5.8 million property tax increase for police, firefighters
The city of Spokane may ask voters to approve a $5.8 million increase in property taxes to pay 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers in a special election in February. If voters approve the measure, which City Council members may put on the ballot during their next meeting, property owners would pay 30 cents more for every $1,000 of assessed value, or about $60 a year for a $200,000 home.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 4:27:05 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:27:05 GMT

Snohomish County: An emergency response yields progress fighting drug overdoses
A year ago, local leaders declared opioid overdoses an emergency — a deadly crisis on par with an earthquake or some other natural disaster. That meant marshaling government forces throughout Snohomish County: police and paramedics, medical professionals and social workers. Since then, there’s been progress, though much unfinished work remains.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 3:34:52 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:34:52 GMT

Kennewick's proposed budget would fund more firefighters, new station
Millions of dollars and a new fire station are up in the air for the city of Kennewick. This week city council will vote on their biennial budget. If it passes, it will bring many changes to the Kennewick Fire Department. Kennewick is a city impacted by fire--it was just few months back the Bofer Canyon fire torched homes and threatened lives in the south Kennewick.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2018 6:19:01 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 02:19:01 GMT

Classes canceled at Surprise Lake Middle School in Milton after fire
Classes and all school-related activities are canceled at Surprise Lake Middle School in Milton on Tuesday after a fire in the boiler-room area damaged one of the school’s buildings. The actual fire damage is pretty minimal, district administrators told KOMO News on Monday night. The bigger issue is the damage from all of the smoke and water, they said.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Western Washington’s wildfire risk is increasing
If you think major wildfires in Washington are just for the eastern half of the state, think again. In a meeting room at the Tulalip Resort Casino, wildland firefighters, climate scientists, emergency managers, and others gathered Monday for a conference called “Managing Western Washington Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING 5 News
Posted on Tue, 04 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Yakima sends fire engine to Mexico
A fire engine will soon make the long journey from Yakima to Mexico. City leaders said the retired fire truck will be transported from the Yakima Fire Department to Yakima's sister city of Morelia in central Mexico, during the week of Dec. 3. The Yakima-Morelia Sister City Association (Y-MSCA) purchased the fire engine from the city of Yakima earlier this year.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2018 3:27:32 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Sat, 01 Dec 2018 11:27:32 GMT

Caller reports flames and smoke in trees as fire levels Key Peninsula home
A mobile home and its attached dwelling were burned to the ground in a Saturday afternoon fire near Key Center. A caller reported seeing flames and smoke through the trees in the area of Cramer Road NW and 108th Street Court NW at 1:37 p.m., said Key Fire Peninsula spokeswoman Anne Nesbit. When fire crews arrived they found a fully involved double wide mobile home and an attached structure that was about 75 percent in flames, Nesbit said.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2018 1:43:27 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 02 Dec 2018 09:43:27 GMT

Woman suffers medical emergency and dies in homeless camp in downtown Olympia
A woman died in a homeless camp in downtown Olympia Sunday night after suffering a medical emergency, according to Olympia fire and police officials. Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock is aware of the death, but has yet to identify the woman, he said Monday. About 7:10 p.m. Sunday, Olympia fire crews were dispatched to a homeless camp in the area of Franklin Street Northeast and State Avenue Northeast.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2018 12:50:39 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Mon, 03 Dec 2018 20:50:39 GMT

Update: Cause of Orondo fruit warehouse determined, building lacked alarm system
We now know what caused the fire that demolished a 31,000-square-foot packing warehouse in Orondo last Monday. Douglas County District 4 Fire Chief Jim Oatey says the fire at Pine Canyon Growers was caused by a ventilation fan that seized up. The federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives aided in the investigation and had determined the cause.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2018 10:51:08 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 03 Dec 2018 18:51:08 GMT

Fire damages rural Selah home
Emergency crews were on the scene of a house fire Friday night in the 2900 block of Selah Loop Road. The fire was reported around 6:10 p.m., said Selah Fire Department Chief Gary Hanna. Hanna said the fire appeared to have started outside the home and that it caused significant damage to the kitchen and dining room of the two-story home before fire crews knocked it down.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2018 9:02:41 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Sat, 01 Dec 2018 05:02:41 GMT

Redmond's mandatory residential sprinklers saves home thousands in fire damages
The cost associated with house fires in Redmond is decreasing thanks to the City’s mandatory residential fire sprinklers for all newly built homes. One household off Northeast 114th Way in Redmond saved over $100,000 in fire damages this past Tuesday. With the help of the home’s sprinkler system, fire personnel quickly extinguished the fire coming from the garage and burning car inside.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2018 12:54:30 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 29 Nov 2018 20:54:30 GMT

Man charged with arson spree near Seattle's Green Lake
A 34-year-old Tukwila man set at least six fires throughout Wallingford, Lower Woodland Park and the Green Lake area earlier this month, prosecutors said. Preston Ellis was charged Monday with first-degree arson and two counts of second-degree arson in connection with the Nov. 20 spree that led police on a chase through the area.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2018 2:04:52 PM - SOURCE: seattlepi.com
Posted on Thu, 29 Nov 2018 22:04:52 GMT

Lake Whatcom rower honors firefighters for saving his life
Whatcom County Emergency Medical Services announced a recognition ceremony at Lake Whatcom for responders who saved the life of a 71-year-old with sudden cardiac arrest. 1968 Olympic rower Charles Hamlin was on Lake Whatcom this past June when he appeared to have a seizure. Off-duty firefighter Antonio Robinson was in a nearby boat when he heard calls for help.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2018 6:04:43 AM - SOURCE: KPUG-AM 1170
Posted on Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:04:43 GMT

Follow Up: Court docs say suspected arsonist tried to capture fire on video, posed as media member in Ridgefield
A suspected arson was arrested at his home Wednesday night several hours after he allegedly set fire to a townhouse under construction in Ridgefield, Washington. 23-year-old Brandon A. Emery appeared in court Thursday morning; he faces one count of arson in the second degree in connection to the fire off North Canyon Circle near North 32nd Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV Fox 12
Posted on Fri, 30 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Kent firefighters collect toys for kids in need of presents
Kent area firefighters are teaming up with a generous community to provide toys for kids this holiday season. The Toys for Joy program is back for another year, hoping to deliver some cheer to families who need a helping hand. Puget Sound Fire crews are seeking unwrapped toys for children up to 12 years old.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2018 11:25:37 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 30 Nov 2018 07:25:37 GMT

Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue assistant chief retires after 28 years of service
After volunteering more than 28 years to firefighting in Clallam County, Mike DeRousie, assistant chief of Clallam Fire District No. 2, is preparing to retire Friday. DeRousie, who also owns the Spa Shop Pellet Heat Co. in Port Angeles, said that at 64, it’s time for him to retire from the fire service, spend more time with his 10 grandchildren and begin to give back to his family who have had to accept the erratic schedule of a volunteer firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Panel recommends RFA for Marysville, District 12
A Regional Fire Authority is looking more likely. A committee that has been researching an RFA for about a year is recommending that the city and Snohomish County Fire District 12 form such a partnership. Because population growth and changing demands are impacting service, the city and fire district appointed the committee to explore whether an RFA could help meet increasing demands, enhance operational efficiencies and provide sustainable funding.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2018 1:02:56 PM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Wed, 28 Nov 2018 21:02:56 GMT

Both parents of new Spokane County Fire District 4 assistant chief worked for department
Spokane County Fire District 4 has a new assistant fire chief, but Howard Johnson is no stranger to the district. He grew up in it and has worked the district since 1993. Johnson grew up on Chattaroy Road not too far from a fire station. His parents, Howard Johnson Jr. and Kay Johnson, were both volunteer firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2018 6:51:38 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:51:38 GMT

Construction site fire in Ridgefield suspected arson
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Ridgefield police are investigating a suspected arson at a townhome construction site. Clark County Fire and Rescue says the fire erupted just after midnight Wednesday morning off North Canyon Circle near North 32nd Avenue. It’s all part of a new development currently under construction.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton
Posted on Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Dog saved from burning mobile home in Pierce County
A dog was saved from a burning mobile home in Prairie Ridge Wednesday night. The fire broke out around 8 p.m. in the 22100 block of Cedarview Drive East, according to East Pierce Fire. Both people inside managed to get out but the family dog remained trapped inside as firefighters reported hearing barking as they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2018 6:54:40 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:54:40 GMT

Lawsuit: Kent arson suspect kept in jail despite evidence
A federal lawsuit says a Des Moines grandmother was kept in jail and home confinement for eight months for an arson she didn't commit because a Kent fire investigator withheld evidence that could exonerate her. Linda Poplawski was shopping at a dollar store in Kent in 2016 when she reported a fire to employees.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2018 12:02:35 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Thu, 29 Nov 2018 20:02:35 GMT

Snohomish County's largest fire agency starts political reshuffling
Leaders at Snohomish County’s largest fire agency are looking at a major political reorganization. The shift is required under a merger voters approved last year to combine Fire District 1 with the Lynnwood Fire Department. The resulting fire authority, South County Fire & Rescue, serves about 250,000 people.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2018 4:13:31 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:13:31 GMT

Fire at west Olympia auto repair shop causes $350,000 in damage, OFD says
A fire at a west Olympia auto repair shop started in a back storage area and spread to a rack of tires early Wednesday, according to Olympia Fire Department. Firefighters were called to the Firestone Complete Auto Care on Harrison Avenue Northwest near Kenyon Street Northwest shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday for a report of smoke in the area.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2018 9:55:49 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Wed, 28 Nov 2018 17:55:49 GMT

GPS location boost to help Seattle 911 Center locate mobile callers
A technological upgrade will help dispatchers at the Seattle Police 911 Center determine a mobile caller’s precise location. Previously, dispatchers could only tell the precise location of those who called from landlines. Cellphones accounted for 70 percent of all incoming 911 calls in 2017, according to FCC data.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 28 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Aggressive phone scams are asking for money for Spokane firefighters
Spokane firefighters are warning people of phone-call scams asking for donations to firefighters. Scammers are calling and asking for donations, and they are becoming more aggressive and threatening, according to a Facebook post from the Firefighters Union IAFF Local 29. The scammers are telling people that “next time you have an emergency, your complaint won’t be number one on our list,” according to the post.
- PUB DATE: 11/27/2018 6:13:30 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 28 Nov 2018 02:13:30 GMT

Semi truck rollover crash blocks Southbound I-5 lanes at Tumwater
All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 are blocked near Tumwater after a semi truck crashed and overturned, spilling its load of powdered milk. State troopers and medics responded to the scene, near 93rd Ave SW, at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving reports of a serious collision, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 28 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

At least 1 killed in Bremerton-area mobile home fire
At least one person is dead Tuesday after a two-alarm fire at a mobile home near Bremerton, emergency officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene, in the 4000 block of NW Country Lane, at around 11:30 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames at a mobile home there. At least one person was found dead, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue said in a Twitter posting.
- PUB DATE: 11/27/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 27 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Spokane City Council overrides veto, stalling region-wide 911 integration plan
After outcry from dispatchers and the city’s firefighters union, the Spokane City Council overrode the mayor’s veto and blocked the city’s participation in a planned regionwide 911 integration that critics say may not improve public safety. Mayor David Condon called the council’s earlier unanimous vote to require city dispatchers to only work with city police and firefighters an overstep.
- PUB DATE: 11/27/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 27 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Firefighters rescue woman from Kent house fire
Firefighters rescued a woman trapped in the basement during a Kent house fire at about 9:30 a.m. Monday in the 26100 block of 114th Avenue Southeast. Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fire with someone possibly trapped, according to a Puget Sound Fire media release.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2018 1:02:23 PM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 21:02:23 GMT

Spokane County uses the same emergency alert system that proved to be ineffective in deadly California wildfire
A fraction of the town of Paradise, CA was alerted before the Camp Fire reduced it to ashes. That’s because the Butte County Sheriff’s Department decided to use what experts say is an outdated system — called Code Red — to notify residents of danger with a phone call. Greater Spokane Emergency Management uses the same system, Alert Spokane.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2018 3:29:44 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 23:29:44 GMT

East Pierce Fire and Rescue celebrates bond passage
Although the 2018 midterm election results weren’t certified until yesterday, East Pierce Fire and Rescue celebrated the likely passage of their bond measure during the Nov. 20 Fire Commissioners meeting. As of Monday, Nov. 26, the 20-year, $80 million bond measure was passing with 60.25 percent of the vote.
- PUB DATE: 11/27/2018 1:43:04 AM - SOURCE: Enumclaw Courier Herald
Posted on Tue, 27 Nov 2018 09:43:04 GMT

Family of intubated dead man files claims for more than $15 million with Bellingham
Family members of the deceased man Bellingham Fire Department employees practiced performing endotracheal intubations on in late July have filed three separate claims for damages seeking more than $15.5 million from the city of Bellingham, according to records from the Bellingham City Attorney’s office.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2018 6:00:06 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:00:06 GMT

Here’s where new fire stations are coming for the Tri-Cities
Fire departments are the latest institution reacting to the continuing population growth across the Tri-Cities. Pasco and West Richland cemented plans to expand their reach by opening new fire stations during the next few years. Kennewick included plans for expansion in its budget. The Tri-City metro population topped 290,000 in 2017 and is expected to cross 300,000 this year.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Warehouse Fire in Orondo Causes $12 Million in Damages
Orondo Fire was Dispatched at 5:20 PM to the report of a fire in the Commercial area of downtown Orondo. First units arriving found a large fire burning in the Pine Canyon Fruit Packing complex. On fire was a large shipping warehouse associated with an apple packing facility. A second alarm was dispatched due to the size of the building and extent of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2018 4:47:54 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 12:47:54 GMT

New fines in Tacoma for false fire alarms, 911 nonemergency calls from care centers
The 2019-20 Tacoma city budget — approved Tuesday by the City Council — includes two new fines. The first is a $150 penalty for a false fire alarm at a residence and $250 at a commercial building. The second imposes up to $850 when a skilled nursing facility or assisted living center calls the Fire Department or its contractors to lift a fallen resident when no other medical service is needed.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2018 4:04:32 PM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Sat, 24 Nov 2018 00:04:32 GMT

Fire at Sunrise Meats in Port Angeles halts work
Firefighters from the Port Angeles Fire Department and Clallam Fire District No. 2 prevented a fire from causing major damage at Sunrise Meats over the weekend. The cause of the fire that stopped traffic on First Street late Saturday night remained under investigation Sunday. When firefighters arrived to the fire at 11:10 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2018 10:22:53 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 06:22:53 GMT

Vancouver Fire Department crews finalizing new homes
Nearly one year after Vancouver’s new Fire Station 1 and 2 opened, construction is coming to a close. Deputy Chief Doug Koellermeier likened it to moving into a new house: You don’t know what problems will arise or what won’t work quite right until you start living in the space. Among the most noticeable problems were the resounding echoes throughout the stations.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2018 6:16:42 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:16:42 GMT

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue commissioners appoint Joe Noonchester interim fire chief
In preparation for William Pernett’s final day as fire chief at North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR), fire commissioners voted on November 15 to appoint assistant chief Joe Noonchester to the position on an interim basis. “My goal is to continue where fire chief William Pernett left off,” Noonchester said in an email.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 5:28:43 AM - SOURCE: Northern Light
Posted on Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:28:43 GMT

Police believe captured Seattle arson suspect wasn't done
An arson spree in North Seattle nearly caught one home on fire. Police said a man set at least eight fires Tuesday morning in Phinney Ridge, Wallingford and Green Lake Park and investigators don't think he planned to stop there. People who escaped some of the fires are relieved the man has been caught.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 7:53:01 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:53:01 GMT

Woman dies in Tumwater house fire
A woman in her 60s died in a house fire around 1 P.M. Tuesday, in the 5400 block of Fiesta St. SW in Tumwater, according to Tumwater Fire Chief Scott LaVielle. LaVielle said when fire crews arrived on scene they were advised someone was trapped in the house. The fire department went into rescue mode and located the victim on the floor in the back area of the house near a sliding glass door.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 6:14:48 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 21 Nov 2018 02:14:48 GMT

Snohomish FD4 Lieutenant eats healthy and has optimism living the firefighter life
Lieutenant Whitney Mansfield believes "Day in and day out, someone in this profession should strive for sleep, nutrition, activity and affection in order to be successful." He chooses to live this way because he is person who has spent his adult life giving back to his community -- and because it suits him.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 9:21:48 AM - SOURCE: Snohomish County News
Posted on Wed, 21 Nov 2018 17:21:48 GMT

Longview fire Monday displaces family of four
Troy Whiteley walked through his girlfriend’s Colorado Street home in Longview on Tuesday, surveying fire and smoke damage. Flames burned a hole in the roof. Soaked insulation and other debris lay on the floor. The entire house smelled from the acrid smell of smoke, which had blackened all the interior walls.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 10:38:28 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:38:28 GMT

Fire destroys rural Port Angeles home
A rural residence east of Port Angeles was destroyed by a fire Tuesday afternoon after flames that began in the daylight basement chased the owner, poet and professor emeritus Alice Derry from the deck of her home. Derry, 71, of 1862 Deer Park Road, was not injured in the blaze reported at 2:43 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 3:34:09 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:34:09 GMT

Olympia firefighters fix up van for woman and her disabled son
On Sunday, firefighters in Olympia presented a woman with a special gift: a wheelchair van customized for her disabled son. It was a moment a year and a half in the making. And it all began with a routine aid call. Olympia firefighter Rick Leo spearheaded the project after meeting Lupe Rodriguez while on the job.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2018 5:58:02 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 20 Nov 2018 01:58:02 GMT

Semi truck fire blocks northbound I-5 in Tacoma area
Traffic is snarled on Interstate 5 in Tacoma after a semi truck burst into flames, emergency officials said. Troopers and firefighters responded to the scene, in the northbound lanes of I-5 near Highway 512, at around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a vehicle fire. Smoke and flames were spewing from a semi trailer with a load of produce that had caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 10:41:52 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:41:52 GMT

Spokane: Fire contained to attic in Indian Trail home
Firefighters put out a house fire in the Indian Trail neighborhood near Woodridge Elementary Tuesday morning. Responding crews could see flames coming from the chimney on the side of the house on N. Seminole Drive. Firefighters quickly began their attack and were able to contain the flames to a corner in the attic.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 11:38:37 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:38:37 GMT

Sunnyside youngsters win free ride and tour fire station
For about a month, second grade students in Sunnyside schools learned about fire safety and plans for escaping a fire. Sunnyside Fire Capt. Tony Castillo visited the classrooms, teaching them to check the smoke detectors in their homes, not to play with matches and lighters, and to make and practice a fire safety plan.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 4:03:48 AM - SOURCE: Sunnyside Sun News
Posted on Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:03:48 GMT

Yakima firefighters reminding community how to avoid cooking fires on Thanksgiving
VIDEO: The Yakima Fire Department says they are more likely to be called to a house on fire on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Fire Prevention Captain Jeff Pfaff said most of the calls come in the morning to mid afternoon when people are cooking their Thanksgiving dinners. "About four times greater in one day and it's because there are so many things going on," Pfaff said.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2018 6:36:20 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 20 Nov 2018 02:36:20 GMT

Central Washington geography makes destructive fire unlikely
Fire officials say Central Washington communities are always at risk for wildfires, but they doubt a blaze as deadly and destructive as the Camp fire in California could happen the same way here. “Do we have some of the same conditions here in Ellensburg? Yes. But we don’t have the exact same conditions,” said John Sinclair, chief of Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2018 8:08:23 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Sun, 18 Nov 2018 04:08:23 GMT

Bremerton veteran who lost a leg becomes a firefighter
An injured veteran continued his tradition of serving others with an important graduation Saturday. Retired Air Force Tech Sgt. Daniel Fye was serving his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011, when he stepped on an IED. He lost his left leg below the knee, and fought for months of surgery to keep his right leg.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Firefighters from Benton County District #1 heading home from deadly California wildfires
Benton County Fire District #1 will greet some of their firefighters coming home from California on Monday. The Washington Strike Team 2 was demobilized on Sunday, allowing them to head back home. Firefighters started their journey to California on November 10. They were assigned to the deadly Woolsey Fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2018 11:37:06 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:37:06 GMT

Impacts From the Failure of Levy Lift in Mercer Island
The City of Mercer Island’s Proposition 1 (Levy lid lift) failed at the November 6 General Election. Over the course of the next six years, this measure would have generated sufficient funding to maintain current levels of service across a wide range of City programs, including police and emergency services, mental health counseling, safety net services, maintenance of parks, trails, playgrounds and ball fields, and recreation services.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mercer Island, WA
Posted on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Mother escapes Puyallup apartment fire along with two young children
It was a remarkable escape by a mother and her two children when fire broke out inside their apartment unit at Cambridge Apartments in Puyallup early Sunday morning. The mom lowered her kids out the window using blankets before jumping out. 7-year-old Jonathan and his 15-month-old brother Julian are lucky to be alive thanks to the actions of their quick-thinking mother.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2018 6:49:29 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 19 Nov 2018 02:49:29 GMT

Commentary: What firefighters know works because of the ACA
Every day firefighters go to work not knowing what the day will bring, but they do know that the majority of calls they respond to will be for emergency medical events. That firsthand experience offers firefighters unique insight into how health care policy affects the people we serve. We’ve been witness to the progress we’ve made with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but we know there is more to do to ensure every American has access to affordable coverage and high-quality care.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2018 1:56:16 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:56:16 GMT

Tax increase failing; Douglas County Fire District 4 chief 'hopeful, but not too hopeful'
Douglas County Fire District 4’s proposed property tax increase is failing by just 10 votes, but it’s not over yet. There are still 1,400 ballots left to tabulate throughout Douglas County for the Nov. 6 election. Friday afternoon will be the last count before the election is certified Nov. 27. Of the 512 votes counted by Wednesday afternoon, 261 (50.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 4:47:28 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:47:28 GMT

Update: Veteran South Kitsap fire firefighter was sleeping when run over by pickup truck at California wildfire
A veteran firefighter who came to California from Washington state to fight the Woolsey fire was left with major injuries when he was run over by a pickup truck as he slept at night in a field next to a fire truck in the Malibu area, the California Highway Patrol said Thursday. Terry Geisleman, 46, of the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Department of Port Orchard, Washington, received crushing injuries to his chest and the left side of his body, a CHP report on the 11:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun
Posted on Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Woman found dead in Yakima mobile home fire on Wednesday identified
The 78-year-old woman found dead inside a mobile home in Yakima that caught fire has been identified. Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins identified the body as Marilyn Rae Lunceford after firefighters found her dead Wednesday night in the home at 55 W. Washington Avenue. Firefighters responded to the fire shortly after 10 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 2:48:42 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:48:42 GMT

Crews investigating cause of house fire in Pasco
Crews from both Pasco Fire and Franklin County Fire District #3 worked to put out a house fire Thursday evening. The house fire was on the 4000 block of Atlanta Lane in Pasco, near Burden Blvd. Pasco Fire officials tell Action News no one was inside the home at the time. They believe the fire started in the garage.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 8:41:47 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 16 Nov 2018 04:41:47 GMT

Two Woodland residents displaced by house fire
Two Woodland residents lost their home Thursday in a fire started by hot coals in their outdoor garbage bins, said Max Konkright, Clark County Fire and Rescue battalion chief. The fire in the 100 block of Wallace Road started just before 4 p.m., Konkright said. About 20 firefighters from Cowlitz District 1, Kalama District 5 and Clark County Fire and Rescue responded to put it out.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2018 1:46:11 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:46:11 GMT

South Kitsap Fire & Rescue firefighter injured while battling Southern California wildfires
A firefighter from the Puget Sound area was injured while helping fight the raging wildfires in Southern California Thursday morning. The firefighter with South Kitsap Fire & Rescue was one of the department's team members working the Woolsey Fire in Malibu when he was struck by a civilian car. He was flown by helicopter to a local hospital with members of his team, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 6:04:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:04:00 GMT

Thousands of calls and 43 years later, Spokane Fire Capt. Greg Borg ready to hang up uniform
For 43 years, Spokane Fire Department Capt. Greg Borg, 68, has answered the call – actually thousands of calls. This week he served his final shift, like all the ones before it, scrambling into his turnout gear and into the rig at Station 18 in North Spokane, heading out with lights flashing and sirens blaring, to help those in need.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Elderly woman killed in Yakima house fire
An elderly woman is dead after a mobile home fire Wednesday night. According to the Yakima Fire Department, the woman was killed when a fire broke out in a single-wide mobile home. The fire sparked in the Broadmoor Mobile Park near Washington Avenue and South 3rd Avenue shortly after 10:00 Wednesday night.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 3:13:13 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:13:13 GMT

Buckley home destroyed by fire
A home in Buckley was completely destroyed when a fire ripped through the building early Thursday morning. The fire was reported around 2 a.m. to the home in the 15000 block of 261st Ave. East, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue officials. The elderly residents inside managed to escape before firefighters arrived and no one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 7:53:57 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:53:57 GMT

USFS report ranks NCW communities by wildfire risk
The city of Leavenworth tops a new report listing of Washington communities most exposed to wildfire danger, with Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Chelan, Cashmere and Omak neighboring it in the top 10. The U.S. Forest Service report "Exposure of human communities to wildfire in the Pacific Northwest," carried out by Montana fire assessment firm Pyrologix, finds those communities among the 50 most-threatened in Washington when it comes to wildland blazes.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 10:36:31 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:36:31 GMT

Smoking thought to be cause in Kendall apartment fire
A Maple Falls woman was uninjured, but her apartment was a complete loss due to a Thursday morning blaze that fire crews believe started as the result of a smoking accident. Whatcom County Fire District 14 responded at 5:30 a.m. to the 7900 block of Apache Drive and found a 12 foot-by-15 foot, metal-clad outside structure that had been converted into an apartment, District 14 Chief Jerry Debruin told The Bellingham Herald Thursday in an interview.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 9:17:40 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:17:40 GMT

'We couldn't get them out': 8 horses killed as Kent-area barn goes up in flames
Eight horses were killed when a barn went up in flames Monday morning near Kent, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene, in the 12900 block of SE 203rd Place, at about 7:40 a.m. after receiving reports of a barn ablaze, with a second barn threatened nearby. When they arrived on scene, the barn was fully engulfed in flames, and the smoke column from the fire could be seen more than a half-mile away, said Kyle Ohashi of the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 11:45:09 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:45:09 GMT

Family loses home in Hazel Dell fire
A family of eight was forced from their home Monday after it was destroyed by flames, officials with Clark County Fire Dist. 6 said. No one was hurt in the fire at a house on NE 100th Circle. The Red Cross Cascades Region has been called out to help the three adults, five children, and four pets who were displaced in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU
Posted on Wed, 14 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Obituary: Joseph C. Coleman, Retired Snohomish County Fire Marshal
Joseph C. Coleman got a call from God on November 8, 2018, wanting to know if he would be interested in joining the brotherhood of firefighters in heaven to keep the campfires going and safe. Joe joined the Mountlake Terrace police department in July, 1964 and worked as a volunteer fire fighter until a lateral transfer to the fire department in 1967, where he was Mountlake Terrace's first paid firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 6:25:14 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Wed, 14 Nov 2018 02:25:14 GMT



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