Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Strategic plan approved for Clark County Fire District 3
Clark County Fire District 3 recently approved a strategic plan for how it will serve its residents over the next five years. The plan provides a comprehensive look at the fire district’s current capabilities for operations, capital items and what is needed for the future. The plan also calls for annexing the City of Battle Ground to improve emergency services planning.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2020 1:41:13 AM - SOURCE: The Reflector
Posted on Tue, 28 Jan 2020 09:41:13 GMT

City of Pasco awards 3 officers, 2 firefighters medals for saving man who tried to jump off Cable Bridge
The City of Pasco awarded meritorious service medals to three police officers and two firefighters who saved a suicidal man who tried to jump off the Cable Bridge last spring. The event unfolded on the morning of Saturday, May 4 last year. Police said a 38-year-old man was outside the railing, sitting on the edge of the bridge when they arrived on scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2020 4:46:37 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:46:37 GMT

Fire-prevention efforts in Bellevue improve following addition of new officers
The addition of two fire-prevention officers to the Bellevue Fire Department has made a positive difference in the city, according to documents shared at the Jan. 13 extended city council study session. In part because of the hires, who were implemented last year after a 2018 authorization from the council, Bellevue fire completed all of its assigned fire-prevention maintenance inspections (1,452 buildings/4,966 tenants), according to meeting documents.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2020 2:49:57 AM - SOURCE: Bellevue Reporter
Posted on Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:49:57 GMT

Follow-up: Over $400K in wildfire protection grants awarded to two groups in Chelan County
Washington’s Department of Natural Resources recently awarded a six-figure sum in grant money to two wildfire prevention groups in Chelan County. The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition of Leavenworth was merited $193,743 in All Lands Forest Restoration funding and $40,000 in Building Forest Partnership funding.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2020 7:40:31 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 28 Jan 2020 03:40:31 GMT

Box placed on hot stove ignites fire at Spokane Valley home
The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire near Broadway and Adams Monday morning. According to the Fire Department, a family of eight were moving in to their new house, bringing in several boxes, before leaving to go get more. An investigation later suggested that one of the boxes was left on the stove, catching fire and smoking up the house.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2020 11:43:35 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:43:35 GMT

DNR Awards $1.6 Million in Forest Restoration Grants to Forest Collaboratives in Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded nine organizations across Washington with a combined $1.6 million in grant funding to help make forests in their communities healthier and more resilient, including to wildfires. Through the All Lands Forest Restoration Grant Program, DNR awarded about $1.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2020 11:32:56 AM - SOURCE: Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Posted on Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:32:56 GMT

Chelan County firefighter dies after being buried in snow that fell from roof
A Chelan County firefighter was found dead off Blewett Pass after she was buried in snow that had fallen from a roof. Chelan County Fire District 3 said Kimiko Nalle, 46, was found buried in snow when crews responded to the incident at 3:45 p.m. Thursday. Attempts to revive her were not successful.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2020 3:46:43 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 24 Jan 2020 23:46:43 GMT

Tacoma schools warn of dangerous new 'penny challenge' on social media
A Tacoma middle school student took part in a dangerous new challenge that is making its way across social media channels, and school officials are sounding the alarm. The challenge implores kids to record a video of themselves partially plugging in a cell phone charger and then sliding a penny between the charger and the wall, then post the results on TikTok.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2020 2:51:16 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM. Seattle
Posted on Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:51:16 GMT

Franklin County shop goes up in flames
Firefighters battled a shop blaze on Saturday night, causing significant damage. According to Franklin County Fire District #3, the fire broke out at 9:30 p.m. at a home near Alder and Taylor Flats roads. They say a 40×60 shop was fully engulfed when they got there. The sheriff’s office said no one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2020 1:44:25 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 26 Jan 2020 09:44:25 GMT

Spokane meteorologist is on his way to help Australian firefighting efforts
A Spokane meteorologist is on his way to Australia to lend his expertise on the bush fires that have devastated 3,000 homes and killed more than 30 people. Fire weather forecasting is nothing new to Todd Carter, who’s a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. On Saturday, he’ll be trading snow for summer, using weather data to give firefighters the upper hand.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2020 11:49:31 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:49:31 GMT

Large fire destroys West Richland home, boat and vehicle
A large fire destroyed a West Richland home, boat and vehicle Monday morning, according to Benton County Fire District 4. Firefighters responded to a fire that started in the garage of a home on the 5600 block of W. Lattin Rd. near Keene Road at 9:41 a.m. When they arrived, the fire had overtaken the garage and spread to the home.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2020 11:36:24 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:36:24 GMT

New fitness program designed to improve heart health for Spokane firefighters
You have to be in good shape to be a first responder, but local firefighters are working on their fitness to prevent heart attacks in the field. In 2019, sudden cardiac arrest was a leading cause for firefighter fatalities, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. No local firefighters were part of that, and Spokane Fire Department wants to keep it that way.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2020 6:45:08 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Fri, 24 Jan 2020 02:45:08 GMT

Sprinkler system limits cigarette fire damage at Liberty Lake apartment complex
The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a fire at the Bitterroot Apartments Wednesday night, which was extinguished by a functioning sprinkler system. They received multiple calls of smoke and visible flames on the second floor of the apartments, with one caller speculating that it was a barbecue fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2020 1:36:01 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:36:01 GMT

Hanford Fire Department celebrates new ladder truck with housing ceremony
Hanford firefighters can now take pride in a brand new, state-of-the-art ladder truck. Representatives from the Hanford Fire Department and Department of Energy held a ceremony on Thursday to give the truck a proper “welcome.” “When we request equipment it’s a long process to get it approved,” said Captain Richard Golie.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2020 6:41:16 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 24 Jan 2020 02:41:16 GMT

South King Fire helps local animal rescue with puppy transport
After a cross-country flight, 10 rescue puppies recently received a proper welcome home by Resilient Hearts Animal Sanctuary and South King Fire and Rescue firefighters. Resilient Hearts Animal Sanctuary is a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs in high risk situations across the country and rehoming them with forever families.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2020 1:45:41 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Weekly
Posted on Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:45:41 GMT

South County Fire hosting Neighborhood Night Open House at Brier Fire Station Feb. 13
South County Fire is hosting a Neighborhood Night Open House on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Brier Fire Station 18, 21206 Poplar Way. Drop by the fire station any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m. for this free event. Meet the firefighters, learn about emergency services and programs in your neighborhood and find out how to protect your family from fire and injuries.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2020 5:46:56 PM - SOURCE: MLTnews.com
Posted on Fri, 24 Jan 2020 01:46:56 GMT

Assistant Chief of Operations with Snohomish County Fire Dist. 7 celebrates 44 years in the fire service
Assistant Chief of Operations Eric Andrews with the Snohomish County Fire District 7 is retiring after 44 years in the fire service. Andrews will serve his final day on Friday, Jan. 31. “I know many fire department leaders proclaim how great their members are,” Andrews said. “But I can truly say I know of no agency, and I have seen many, that have more passionate fire service members than we have here are Fire District 7.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2020 1:45:57 AM - SOURCE: Woodinville Weekly/Northlake News/Valley View
Posted on Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:45:57 GMT

Stove fire forces 2 families out of their Kennewick apartments, one pet dies
A fire in a Kennewick apartment Tuesday night forced two families out of their homes. Two women called 911 about 6:15 p.m. when they noticed smoke coming from the wall of their 21st Avenue apartment. Kennewick firefighters soon figured out the smoke was coming from the apartment below, said Kennewick Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

PHOTO: Homeless encampment fire causes heavy smoke on I-5 in South Seattle
Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at an encampment under I-5 near Airport Way South and South Snoqualmie Street. The fire is generating a lot of heavy smoke across the interstate, according to WSDOT. Motorists should expect traffic delays in the area. There were no initial reports of injuries.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2020 10:47:30 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:47:30 GMT

Fire in Spokane's Hillyard neighborhood causes estimated $40,000 in damage
Crews were able to quickly contain a fire that broke out in a Hillyard neighborhood home, but damages are still estimated to be in the thousands. According to the Spokane Fire Department, the fire in the 3800 block of E. Broad Avenue was contained and extinguished within ten minutes of crews arriving at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Firefighter severely burned in Twisp fire in Okanogan County hopes $5 million settlement helps others
A severely burned firefighter hopes a last minute $5 million settlement in his case helps other injured firefighters. More than 70 percent of Daniel Lyon's body was burned in the deadly Twisp wildland fire three years ago. Lyon walked into the state Supreme Court Tuesday with his attorneys knowing he had already won.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM Seattle
Posted on Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Everett Fire's ambulance prices go up
Getting a ride in an Everett Fire ambulance will now cost more. The City Council just approved a set of rate increases to help Everett Fire match what other fire agencies in the region charge. For Everett, a basic EFD ambulance ride will be $680, up from $488. An ambulance ride providing first-level advanced life support services will cost $890, up from $694; second-level advanced care will cost $980, up from $800.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2020 1:50:56 AM - SOURCE: Snohomish County News
Posted on Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:50:56 GMT

Washington lawmakers propose bill to help fight, prevent wildfires
As wildfires continue to wreak havoc in Australia, local lawmakers are introducing a bill to fight and prevent fires here at home in Washington. The measure would fund $125 million for protecting forests and battling severe wildfires every two years. Supporters say the proposed measure would put more boots on the ground to respond to fires faster across the state.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM Seattle
Posted on Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Firefighters rescue 17-year-old girl from burning Longview house
PHOTO: Longview firefighters rescued a 17-year-old girl from a burning home Monday night. According to Longview Police and Fire, emergency personnel responded to a reported house fire in the 300 block of 16th Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. The 911 caller said there was smoke coming from a home and the caller was not sure if the occupants were out.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2
Posted on Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Fire Chief Gary Meek retires after 44 years of service
After 44 years in the Fire Service, Fire Chief Gary Meek has retired. Meek served as the Fire Chief for Snohomish County Fire District 7 for the last nine years, and his final day was on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, according to a statement from the Snohomish County Fire District 7. "It has been an honor being trusted to serve the citizens of Fire District 7," Meek said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mill Creek Beacon - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire Departments launch pilot program aiming to reduce falls
Spokane County has double the rate of fatal falls compared to the entire state, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. This is one reason why both Spokane and Spokane Valley Fire hope to reduce that number through a new pilot program. For both the departments, falls are their top medical calls.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2020 6:35:41 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 20 Jan 2020 02:35:41 GMT

Grant County firefighters rescue woman who got stuck looking for cat, then they shoveled her sidewalk
An elderly woman in Grant County was in an unusual situation on Saturday afternoon. The woman was looking for her cat and got stuck in a crawl space. Luckily, the woman’s husband found her and called 911. Grant County Fire District #13 showed up and freed the uninjured woman. The helping didn’t stop there.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2020 11:48:39 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:48:39 GMT

Ceremony honors new Skagit County volunteer firefighters
New volunteer firefighters for Skagit County Fire District 4 were recognized in a badge pinning ceremony Saturday morning in Clear Lake. “It’s important for them to remember when and why they joined,” said Fire District 4 Chief Ryan McDonald. “I don’t think a lot of volunteer fire departments do (pinning ceremonies).
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2020 10:41:43 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com) - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:41:43 GMT

South Hill bathroom fire injures firefighter, causes $25K in damages
The Spokane Fire Department (SFD) responded to a fire in a South Hill residence Saturday morning. According to SFD, the resident was returning home when he discovered a fire on the bathroom ceiling. The smoke alarms sounded, and when fire crews arrived, the resident and his dog had already escaped.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2020 7:38:27 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 20 Jan 2020 03:38:27 GMT

Whatcom County’s cold temperatures may be to blame in fatal trailer fire
A 54-year-old Whatcom County woman died when the recreational trailer she was living in was destroyed by fire Wednesday along the Mount Baker Highway near North Fork Brewery. “It’s really unfortunate,” Whatcom County Fire District 14 Chief Jerry Debruin told The Bellingham Herald. “Those things go so fast.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 9:17:15 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:17:15 GMT

4 people displaced, woman hospitalized in Vancouver house fire
Four people were displaced after a fire damaged a home in Vancouver. Crews responded to the 1200 block of Southeast Park Crest Avenue on Thursday around 11:20 a.m. and extinguished flames in the home’s attic in approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters while battling the blaze found a woman in the back bedroom behind a closed door and helped her escape.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
Posted on Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Firefighters investigate cause of fire in Pasco
Firefighters are investigating an apartment complex fire in Pasco that happened early Friday morning. Pasco Firefighters and several others from surrounding agencies responded to the Stonegate Apartments on Road 68 at about 1:30 a.m. The fire started on a bottom-level unit in building J of the complex, according to fire crews on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCYU-TV FOX 41
Posted on Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Washingtonians are more likely to die on smoky days, new UW research shows
With Seattle’s first snow of the year just melting, preparing for wildfire season might not be top of mind. But Australia’s catastrophic wildfires underline how Washington’s wildfire and smoke season will get longer and burn more intensely with climate change — last year, fires started in March. Local scientists are just discovering the deadly implications of immediate exposure to smoke across the state.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 5:55:21 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:55:21 GMT

Bill allows preemptive Washington state mobilization for wildfires
Washington’s state mobilization plan allows the use of state resources to suppress a wildfire when a blaze goes beyond the capacities of the local fire services. HB 2228, introduced by Rep. Larry Springer (D-45), would allow preemptive use of those resources if a wildfire is expected to require them.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 4:53:25 PM - SOURCE: Lens
Posted on Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:53:25 GMT

Yakima firefighters' union says city won't pay for prevention programs
In a post on Facebook, the Yakima Firefighters Association says city council has eliminated "any and all fire prevention and education." In that same post, they give stats pointing out an increase in youth fire setters as more prevention programs have disappeared. The union writes in the post that in 2008, they believe thirty-five percent of Yakima's fires may have been set by someone.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 11:23:23 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:23:23 GMT

Barricaded man sets fire to Vancouver house
A man who violated a restraining order barricaded himself inside a Vancouver home then set it on fire, police said. The Vancouver Police Department said officers responded to a reported restraining order violation at 4 p.m. But when they got to the home in the 3200 block of NW Division Avenue, the suspect refused to come outside.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOIN-TV CBS 6
Posted on Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Winter storm impacts Whatcom County emergency response efforts
In addition to closing schools and canceling events, the winter storm is impacting emergency response efforts in Whatcom County. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office says the snow has slowed down the response times of Fire Service, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Medical Service. In combination with strong winds, the snow has caused many trees to fall, resulting in closed roads county-wide, with some areas still isolated.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGMI News/Talk 790
Posted on Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Everett Firefighters Fight Chicken Coop Fire
Everett Fire crews responded Wednesday night to a report of a residential fire in the 8500 block of Holly Drive in south Everett. A passerby reported seeing smoke and flames shortly after 6 PM. The first arriving unit determined the structure on fire was not a human residential structure but a chicken coop.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyEverettNews.com
Posted on Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Fire station catches fire in North Bend
PHOTO: Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded Tuesday to a report of a fire in North Bend - and when they arrived on scene they found smoke and flames pouring from one of their own fire stations. The incident unfolded just before 3 p.m. Tuesday when firefighters responded to a fire alarm at a building at 42804 SE 172nd St.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM
Posted on Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Good Samaritans help free North Kitsap Fire & Rescue truck from snow
A North Kitsap Fire & Rescue truck that had become stuck in the snow got a little help from a few good Samaritans who happened to be passing by early Monday morning. At around 3 a.m. Trentin Moss, Josh Smith and Shallee Baker had been driving through Suquamish — checking in on friends and family to ensure everyone was safe while the snow continued to accumulate — when they noticed the stalled fire engine.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Dispute leads to motorhome arson in Grays Harbor County, deputies say
Deputies with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department say they arrested a man on Sunday in connection with arson of two motorhomes. The fires happened around 8 a.m. Sunday on Atlantic Avenue in Ocosta, deputies said. Arriving deputies said they interviewed witnesses at the scene and were able to establish a suspect who was seen in the area at the time of the fires.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Tacoma startup hopes to save firefighter lives and maybe provide some good jobs, too
Matt Tolentino’s “big idea” — or at least his latest big idea — is going to save lives. That’s what people keep telling him anyway, not that he has much time to sit and fully ponder the life-or-death implications of his endeavor. He’s been busy. By day, Tolentino, a Navy veteran who previously spent 15 years in software and hardware design at Intel, is a professor of computer engineering at the University of Washington Tacoma.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

'We're totally isolated': Community gathers supplies for Skykomish residents stuck in snowstorm
Patience is wearing thin for residents impacted by the closure of US Highway 2 between Gold Bar and Skykomish. Most living in the area have been without electricity since 2 p.m. last Friday. "On a scale of 1 to 10, it's a 10," said Baring resident Charlie Preston. "It's hell." But some help is on the way.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

8-year-old dies in Snohomish County house fire
An eight-year-old girl died and four others were burned in a fire that broke out in a Snohomish County house on Monday. A family of five was in the house at the time of the fire, including the 8-year-old and a 7-year-old. The call came in about 1:30 a.m. for a fire at a home on Dotson Road near Cedar Ponds Road, which is about two miles south of Sultan.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Overheated extension cord sparks blaze at south Seattle home; kids escape
VIDEO: An overheated extension cord is being blamed for a fire that gutted a two-story home Monday in South Seattle, emergency officials said. Crews responded to the scene, in the 10000 block of Beacon Avenue South, at around 3:30 p.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames billowing from a home there.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM Seattle
Posted on Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Spokane could deploy goats to tame wildfire fuel
Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer is looking to hire scores of new firefighters. They’ll each stand some 20 inches tall and have four legs capped by cloven hooves. Schaeffer calls them biological masticators, herbivores or browsers. But most people probably know them as goats. Schaeffer and Councilwoman Lori Kinnear are proposing that the city of Spokane pilot a program to bring trips of goats into the city’s overgrown areas to chow down – all with the hope of reducing wildfire risk.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Man who bought ‘residential’ firehouse sued by Seattle for using as residence
The advertisement that grabbed Thom Kroon's attention marketed a no-longer-used fire station as a "unique residential dwelling.” So Kroon purchased the property from the City of Seattle in a 2012 auction. Kroon told KIRO 7 he “thought we had essentially bought a residential property” for $712,000. The Seattle man then spent thousands of dollars on interior remodeling, and for more than three years, his extended family and friends used the firehouse for holidays, celebrations, charity fundraisers, graduation parties and as an office until a Land Use Notice of Violation arrived in July of 2016.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

30 cars crash in icy conditions on Seattle's 520 floating bridge
Around 30 vehicles crashed in the westbound lanes of the 520 floating bridge during the evening commute on Monday. The westbound direction closed around 6 p.m. and reopened at 10 p.m. The Washington State Patrol said conditions were slippery on the east high rise. The Washington State Department of Transportation was called into to bring deicing product to the roadway.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Truck fire spreads to Mill Creek house, garage
Firefighters called to a report of a truck fire in Mill Creek arrived to find the vehicle engulfed in flames with the fire spreading to the second story of the house and the garage. Crews were dispatched to the 15000 block of 30th Drive Southeast in the Mill Creek Red Cedar neighborhood at 3:21 a.m.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Dramatic view of Lynnwood pipe catching fire after struck by car
PHOTO: A Lynnwood PVC pipe caught on fire early Sunday after a car struck the pipe and its wiring. It happened at the intersection of 205th and 39th around 2:00 a.m., according to the Snohomish County Public Utilities District. Crews replaced the pipe and restored power to nearly all the customers affected by the incident by 5:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM Seattle
Posted on Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Two Alarm Auto Shop Fire In Downtown Everett
Everett Firefighters battled a commercial fire in an auto repair shop in the 2900 block of Rucker. Arriving fire units saw flames shooting out of the front of the building on arrival. The fire was reported about 12:20AM and quickly went to two alarms. The arriving engines were able to get a fast knockdown on the fire and get it under control within about 15 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyEverettNews.com
Posted on Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Fire quickly doused by Spokane County firefighters
The occupants of a home in the West Terrace neighborhood avoided what could have been a more catastrophic fire after placing a precautionary call to emergency services early Friday morning. The occupants on the 7700 block of Blackberry Street just southeast of the Interstate 90, Medical Lake interchange, dialed 911 after suspecting a fire in their bathroom fan, according to Spokane County Fire District 3 Division Chief Dustin Flock, A fire attack crew was dispatched from Station 33 in Four Lakes at 4:28 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2020 1:46:11 AM - SOURCE: Cheney Free Press - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 11 Jan 2020 09:46:11 GMT

'Tumblegeddon': Crews burn weeds that invaded east Washington highway
Do you remember the attack of the tumbleweeds from New Year's Eve? Now fire crews are attacking back. In an event troopers could only describe as "Tumblegeddon", hundreds (thousands?) of the balls of weed blew across SR 240 around 6:30 p.m., startling some drivers and leaving others buried under mounds that reached 20-30 feet high in spots, according to the Washington State Patrol.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM. Seattle
Posted on Fri, 10 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

1 dead, another rescued after trench collapses in Thurston County
One person has died, and another was injured in what appears to be a construction accident in Thurston County. It happened at about 11 a.m. in the area of 16300 block of Vail Loop Rd. Southeast. Two employees digging a trench for a power line track became trapped when the trench collapsed, said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 7:49:15 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 09 Jan 2020 15:49:15 GMT

Woman dies after fire breaks out at Lakewood home
A fire inside a Lakewood home left a woman dead, West Pierce firefighters said Thursday afternoon. The fire broke out at a home on Dowerdell Lane around 1:30 p.m. Firefighters quickly got the fire under control but discovered the victim inside. The victim is only described as an adult woman. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 2:35:12 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:35:12 GMT

2 escape large blaze that destroyed home near Selah
Two people escaped from a large house fire near Selah on Wednesday night. The home was a total loss. The Selah Fire Department responded to the 1000 block of Gore Road near Humann Lane at about 10:40 p.m. for a report that a home was fully involved in flames. Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed that at least 80% of the home was already destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 1:40:42 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 09 Jan 2020 21:40:42 GMT

Scene in Edmonds: Neighborhood Night at the Maplewood Fire Station
PHOTOS: Children and adults alike had a chance to meet firefighters, learn about emergency services and programs, and get tips on protecting themselves from fire and injuries during South County Fire’s Neighborhood Night Open House Thursday at Edmonds’ Maplewood Fire Station 16. Maplewood Fire Station 16 is one of 14 fire stations staffed by South County Fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2020 2:18:44 AM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:18:44 GMT

Police investigate fatal house fire that leaves two dead in Toppenish
Two people are dead after a house erupted in flames late Wednesday night. Yakima County Fire District Five arrived to the 9000 Block area of Larue Rd. outside of Toppenish around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a house fire. Marshall Slight, Yakima County Corner, did confirm with an Action News Reporter on the scene that there were two deaths as a result of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 2:54:26 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 09 Jan 2020 10:54:26 GMT

Spokane County Fire District 3 adding 11 paid positions paid for by grant
More big changes are coming to Spokane County Fire District 3 in southwest Spokane County after the district annexed Medical Lake into its boundaries in August. The district has used paid command staff and volunteer firefighters in the past but recently announced it was taking applications for career firefighters and additional battalion chiefs.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 5:10:32 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:10:32 GMT

Follow Up: Clark County Fire District 6 Swears In Its 1st Female Chief
A southwest Washington fire district swore in Kristan Maurer as its first female fire chief Tuesday night. Maurer grew up in Houston, Texas. Her family moved to Washington, where she went to Battle Ground High School. It was during a four-year paramedic program at Central Washington University where she first rode along with fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2020 12:47:48 PM - SOURCE: OPB
Posted on Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:47:48 GMT

'We stand with Australia': Spokane Fire Department issues statement on assistance to Australian bushfires
The Spokane Fire Department has sent out a statement regarding their assistance to the bushfires currently raging in Australia. Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer shared a photo of the statement on Twitter on Wednesday, January 8. "Having experienced firsthand the devastation that wildfires can create, we share your concern about the tragic wildfires currently ravaging Australia.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2020 3:37:33 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 08 Jan 2020 23:37:33 GMT

Emergency crews in Benton County preparing for snowstorm
With a potential winter storm coming this weekend many are just starting to prepare for major snow, but fire and emergency officials have been preparing since October and November. "We have full size iron chains for the drivers, the vehicles have studded tires to help us get around," said Chief Lonnie Click of Benton County Fire District 1.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2020 7:38:37 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Thu, 09 Jan 2020 03:38:37 GMT

Tri-Cities firefighters raising money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Firefighters from across the Tri-Cities are raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ahead of the Seattle Stairclimb. The Pasco Fire Department has teamed up with other departments and districts to collect funds for the cause. For many of them, they have a personal stake in the charity. “It means we’re helping someone,” said Ty Schoenwald, a Pasco firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2020 5:42:04 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 09 Jan 2020 01:42:04 GMT

New fire chief comes to town for Asotin
A new fire chief is in town in the City of Asotin. The selection of this new fire chief is the result of hard work by the City of Asotin Mayor Vicki Bonfield and Asotin County Fire District One's Fire Chief Noel Hardin. The reason for the change is a previous agreement between the county and city is dissolved.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLEW-TV CBS 3
Posted on Wed, 08 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Investigators: Seattle high-rise fire sparked in clogged trash chute
The Seattle Fire Department has determined that a clogged trash chute was the source of a fire that forced the evacuation of dozens of people from a high-rise. Evacuated residents at Addison on Fourth said they have complained for several days that the landlord failed to clear the chute. “This is just not healthy for anyone to live in this condition,” said Heidi Merritt, a resident who evacuated the building on Tuesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 5:44:04 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 08 Jan 2020 01:44:04 GMT

East Wenatchee Townhome Fire Contained to Single Unit
Douglas County Fire District 2 and Chelan County Fire District 1 responded to a commercial structure fire at an East Wenatchee townhouse on Monday afternoon. The fire was contained to a single unit at the Eastmont Townhomes, located at the corner of Eastmont Avenue and Sixth Street. According to Douglas County Fire Marshal, Kurt Blanchard, right at dispatch heavy smoke was showing.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 9:14:27 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 07 Jan 2020 17:14:27 GMT

Arlington's fire protection rating jumps; insurance rates could drop
For the first time in over 30 years, the Arlington Fire Department received a lower protection class rating that will result in lower fire insurance costs for most homeowners, businesses and the community. The Washington Survey and Rating Bureau lowered Arlington Fire from a Class 5 to a Class 4 rating after an extensive evaluation.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 1:05:42 PM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Tue, 07 Jan 2020 21:05:42 GMT

Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Asks Community to Refresh Tax Levy
Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue will be asking voters in February to increase its regular property tax levy to reflect the rise in area property values. Chief Mick Lamar said the all-volunteer fire district would use the money to build funds for station improvements and equipment. If the current levy is not altered, Lamar claimed the current budgetary levels would severely impact Chelan County Fire District #9's operations.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 9:08:57 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Wed, 08 Jan 2020 05:08:57 GMT

Clark County Fire District 6 hires first female fire chief
Clark County Fire District 6 will make Kristan Maurer the first female chief in the district's history. She will be sworn in officially on Jan. 7. Just how rare are female chiefs? In the male-dominated profession of firefighting, there are only approximately 50 female fire chiefs across the 29,000 districts in the United States and around a half-dozen are in the state of Washington.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2020 11:43:23 AM - SOURCE: KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland
Posted on Sun, 05 Jan 2020 19:43:23 GMT

Woman dies after crashing car into Mountlake Terrace home
A young woman died Monday morning after she veered off the road in Mountlake Terrace, crashing through a telephone pole, a fence and into a house. The vehicle caught fire, and flames spread to the two-story home at 220th Street SW and 44th Avenue W, said Mountlake Terrace police Cmdr. Pat Lowe. The woman, estimated to be in her 20s, died at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2020 8:40:39 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:40:39 GMT

Two people from Washington among crews helping to fight devastating Australia bushfires
In the midst of the devastating bushfires engulfing Australia, more than 100 people from the United States have made the journey to help battle the blaze. In total, 164 people have either headed to Australia from the United States or are ready and waiting to do so. Of that total, two come from Washington.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2020 2:40:47 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Mon, 06 Jan 2020 22:40:47 GMT

South King Fire crews battle vehicle fire in Federal Way
VIDEOS: South King Fire and Rescue crews battled a blazing commercial vehicle fire Monday afternoon in Federal Way. Crews responded to the van on fire at the Westhampton Apartments at the 300 block of S. 320th St. around 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 6. Video from the scene shows firefighters working to extinguish flames and dodging sparking explosions from a van in the apartment complex parking lot.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 1:44:50 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 07 Jan 2020 09:44:50 GMT

Fire causes damage to Grandview home
Yakima County firefighters responded to a fire at a home early Tuesday morning. Around 2 a.m., firefighters were sent to the home on the 2700 block of Wilson Highway, just outside of Grandview. According to firefighters, the fire extended from the chimney area of the home into the floor space between the first and second floor, as well as in a wall of the second story.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 4:52:48 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:52:48 GMT

Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Offers New Scholarship in Honor of Founder Byron Dickinson
Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue Firefighers Association have put forward the Byron Dickinson scholarship for seniors graduating from Cascade High School that plan to pursue education in the public service field. The scholarship is a nod to Dickinson, who was an instrumental force in creating the current fire district and one of the founders of Chelan County Fire District No.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2020 4:39:34 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:39:34 GMT

7 semis in Franklin County burst into flames
Multiple semis are destroyed after a massive blaze broke out at the Harms Pacific Transport property in north Franklin County. Firefighters responded to the fire at 3220 North Glade Rd. shortly before 10:00 p.m. Saturday. Arriving crews found semis on fire. Franklin County Fire District #3 upgraded to a second alarm, requesting more water tender trucks and manpower from fire agencies across the Tri-Cities.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2020 9:45:40 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 05 Jan 2020 17:45:40 GMT

Board approves contract for Bainbridge fire chief
The Bainbridge Island Fire Department has inked a new contract for Fire Chief Hank Teran. The board of commissioners for the fire department recently approved an updated employment agreement with Teran, and the new contract will run through Dec. 31, 2024. The board of commissioners last approved a contract renewal for the chief in December 2016.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2020 3:20:21 PM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 04 Jan 2020 23:20:21 GMT

Husband dies trying to save wife from fire in Kent
A husband and wife were killed Monday morning when a mobile home caught fire in Kent. Firefighters were called around 8:30 a.m. to the fire on the West Valley Highway just north of W. James St. A man who lives with a couple in the home saw the smoke and called 911. The husband returned home and went inside to try to rescue his wife who is disabled.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2020 11:07:08 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:07:08 GMT

Douglas County Fire District 2 now staffing two engines per shift
Douglas County Fire District 2 fully staffed two fire engines Thursday, a first in its history. With new additions to its staff, the department has begun staffing two engine companies — four firefighters per engine, said Chief Dave Baker. The firefighters are funded by a $1 million FEMA grant awarded to the district in October.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2020 5:36:36 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Sat, 04 Jan 2020 01:36:36 GMT

No one injured in Lynnwood house fire that displaces three
No one was injured in an early-afternoon fire that damaged a tri-level home in the 5600 block of 169th Place Southwest in Lynnwood Saturday. According to South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes, the fire was reported around 12:50 p.m. Hynes said “at least one person” was at home when the fire broke out, but got out safely.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2020 3:44:22 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Sat, 04 Jan 2020 23:44:22 GMT

Spokane firefighters to climb almost 70 floors in weighted gear for the fight against cancer
Spokane firefighters were raising money at River Park Square on Saturday for the fight to beat cancer. In March, those firefighters will climb 69 floors, wearing 60-pound gear, to honor one of their own. John Knighten served as a firefighter with Spokane’s Fire Department for almost two decades before losing his battle with cancer.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2020 3:00:43 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sat, 04 Jan 2020 23:00:43 GMT

Spokane Fire Department sends firefighters to train derailment in Idaho to gain hands-on experience
Trains come through downtown Spokane every day hauling cargo like grain, airplane fuselages, and crude oil. Depending on the cargo, a derailment could range from minor to catastrophic, but it's something local first responders prepare for. Freight transportation by railroad is statistically an extremely safe way to transport the goods that fuel our economy and feed our nation, and in some cases, the world.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Fri, 03 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Vancouver house fire displaces pair of residents
A house fire in the Old Evergreen Highway neighborhood late Thursday morning displaced two people, according to the Vancouver Fire Department. Firefighters were dispatched at 11:35 a.m. to 1500 S.E. 79th Court for a report of a residential structure fire. The first arriving crew found smoke billowing from the front of a single-story residence, Vancouver firefighter-paramedic Bryan Fredrickson said.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2020 8:07:20 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 03 Jan 2020 04:07:20 GMT

Elderly people escape as garage fire breaks next door in Kennewick
Elderly people escaped after a fast-moving fire broke out inside a detached garage in Kennewick early Friday morning. According to Battalion Chief Tod Kreutz with the Kennewick Fire Department, the fire was first reported around 1:15 a.m. near Perry Street and Kennewick Avenue. It sparked inside a garage attached to an apartment where no one was living at the time.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews.com
Posted on Fri, 03 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Kennewick Firefighters Union responded to 10,333 calls for 2019
As 2019 comes to an end, the Kennewick Firefighters Union, IAFF Local 1296, reflects back at the calls they responded to through out the year, all 10,333 of them. Officials with the Union said on Wednesday, they finished the year 10,333 calls for service, but that the total unit responses were much higher.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2020 8:53:07 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Wed, 01 Jan 2020 16:53:07 GMT

Lakeview Home Burns for Second Time in 6 Months
A house in Lakeview was gutted by the second fire in six months Monday night, according to fire officials. Firefighters responded to the wood construction home, located at the intersection of Ephrata Avenue Northwest and Franklin Street Northwest, around 7:30 p.m. Monday night for a report of flames showing at the residence.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2019 5:23:04 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Wed, 01 Jan 2020 01:23:04 GMT

Woodinville firefighters make a difference in people's lives
Firefighters dedicate themselves to saving lives and minimizing damage to property. Woodinville firefighters commit themselves to help others and making a difference, in addition to doing both. They accomplish this through the Woodinville Firefighters Benevolent Fund, which focuses on providing financial assistance to community members in need of a little extra help, especially during the holidays.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2019 1:02:48 PM - SOURCE: Woodinville Weekly/Northlake News/Valley View
Posted on Tue, 31 Dec 2019 21:02:48 GMT

Yakima: Two dogs found dead in New Year's Eve house fire
Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a home to go up in flames. Firefighters were called to the 1700 block of West Gilbert Road just before 7:00 pm. Tuesday night. More than a dozen firefighters battled the flames of the fully engulfed home. Two dogs were found dead, according to authorities.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV
Posted on Thu, 02 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Report: First Responder Mapping System in K-12 Schools
In 2003, the Legislature directed the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) to create a statewide first responder mapping system for schools and other public buildings. The system is intended to provide information to emergency response agencies for natural disasters, criminal acts, and other incidents.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2019 7:14:45 PM - SOURCE: Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee
Posted on Wed, 01 Jan 2020 03:14:45 GMT

Police: Body found during Puyallup fire investigation
VIDEO: Authorities say a man's body was found Monday while officials were investigating a string of fires in Puyallup. Puyallup Police said a series of explosions were reported at about 5:45 p.m. on the Riverwalk Trail near East Main Avenue. Three separate fires were found in the area, and a man's body was located at one of the fires.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 31 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Seattle homeless say illegal camp fires are necessary in winter cold
Louie Lactaoen collects firewood for his nightly fire. He knows an outdoor fire is not allowed where he’s living. For the last six months, he’s been living in a makeshift box cobblestoned from a tent, plywood and tarps in a unsanctioned camp called the Cloverleaf were Interstate 5 meets Interstate 90 in Seattle.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 1:03:37 PM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM. Seattle
Posted on Mon, 30 Dec 2019 21:03:37 GMT

Clark County man dies following mobile home fire
An elderly man died from injuries suffered in a mobile home fire Saturday in the Sunnyside area, according to the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office. The family of Leslie Freimuth, age unknown, was notified of his death, Deputy Fire Marshal Rick Searlf said Monday. Freimuth had been smoking while using an oxygen tank, Searlf said, which caused the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 4:37:47 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:37:47 GMT

Kennewick apartment evacuates due to fire on balcony
A three-story apartment evacuated on Monday after a fire started in an outdoor balcony storage room, officials said. The fire happened at the Copper Ridge Apartments at 5501 Hildebrand Boulevard near Southridge High School around 3:30 p.m. Staff at the apartment complex attempted to suppress the fire until first responders arrived.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 6:44:17 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 31 Dec 2019 02:44:17 GMT

Cashmere Fire Crews Handle Fire in Outbuilding
Crews from the Cashmere Fire Department and Chelan County District 6 in Monitor responded to reports of a structure fire on Weather End Road in Cashmere Monday Morning. Cashmere Fire Chief Cy Sousley says the fire was reported around 6:35 a.m. in an outbuilding. “On arrival, [it was discovered to be] fully involved.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 1:44:00 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 30 Dec 2019 21:44:00 GMT

Vehicle flipped over in Spokane, driver walks away with minor injuries
A woman is recovering after she was involved in crash that left her hanging upside down in her SUV. Police say around 8:45 Monday morning, the driver of a white SUV crashed into a blue truck near Hogan and Springfield in Spokane. The white SUV ended up on it's roof. When fire crews arrived they found the driver of the SUV hanging by her sealtbelt.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 9:42:04 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Mon, 30 Dec 2019 17:42:04 GMT

Kennewick apartment fire injures resident, firefighter
Three people are without a home after an apartment caught fire early Saturday morning. The fire department rushed to the reported fire at the Brentwood Apartments around 7 a.m. According to Battlion Chief Mikal Barnett, the fire was reported on the first floor. They arrived and found heavy smoke coming from the single apartment.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2019 2:42:21 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sat, 28 Dec 2019 22:42:21 GMT

Federal Way home where 85-year-old woman allegedly killed roommate goes up in flames
A Federal Way home that was the site of a fatal shooting earlier this month was destroyed by a large fire early Monday morning. The flames broke out sometime after 6 a.m. in the 2000 block of SW 306th Lane, according to a Tweet by South King Fire officials. Video from the scene posted by firefighters show the home completely engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU 2 Portland
Posted on Mon, 30 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Man arrested for driving stolen ambulance on I-5 in southwest Washington
A man was taken into custody Friday after allegedly stealing an ambulance from a scene and taking it for a joy ride on Interstate 5 in southwest Washington. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of breathing difficulties at a private home in Lexington, which is about 43 miles north of Vancouver, Wash.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 30 Dec 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Fire destroys Walla Walla home
An unknown problem 911 received leads to the response of the Walla Walla Fire Department. Dispatchers got a call after midnight on Sunday and heard yelling in the background. The call came from the area of Fifth Avenue and Sumach Street. Police got to the scene and found a four-plex up in flames. All of the families were evacuated.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2019 9:41:05 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sat, 28 Dec 2019 17:41:05 GMT

Lopez and Orcas Fire team up for rescue at Watmough Bay
A rain-soaked hiker clinging for 6.5 hours to a small ledge near the base of a tree 135 feet down a cliff at Watmough Bay on Lopez Island owes his rescue to the skills and preparedness of first responders. In a truly collaborative feat, Orcas Island and Lopez Island Fire departments joined forces last week when two hikers found themselves in danger on Chadwick Hill at Watmough Bay on the south end of Lopez Island.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2019 11:51:05 AM - SOURCE: San Juan Islander
Posted on Fri, 27 Dec 2019 19:51:05 GMT

End of an era: South King Fire and Rescue’s fire chief reflects on four decades in the fire service
Allen Church was just a kid when his dad, a former captain with the Tacoma Fire Department, took him to see the aftermath of the Port of Tacoma Pier 7 fire in July 1963. Once he saw the scorched engines, the destroyed docks and the blackened debris leftover from the hours-long battle against the flames, Church, who is retiring as South King Fire and Rescue’s fire chief this month, knew this was the career for him.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2019 1:02:00 PM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Thu, 26 Dec 2019 21:02:00 GMT



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