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November 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM
Bellevue’s first female mayor, Nan Campbell, died Tuesday, two weeks after she was injured while escaping a fire at her apartment building.
Campbell, 87, died at Overlake Medical Center, where she was being treated for complications related to her fall in the Nov. 5 fire that may have been caused by a drug-related explosion in another apartment.
The exact cause of her death wasn’t immediately known, said her daughter, Patty Campbell.
Nan Campbell, an East Bellevue community activist before serving two terms on the City Council, was elected by her fellow council members to serve as mayor in 1988 and 1989.
Described by former colleagues as “stately” and “gracious,” Campbell played a major role in pushing the City Council to do more to provide human services, create affordable housing and protect neighborhoods adjacent to a fast-growing downtown.
Bellevue police say the fire remains under investigation.
Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate would not say how the former mayor’s death would impact the investigation. While police have not yet released a cause for the fire, a law-enforcement source said they were investigating whether it was caused by someone cooking a cannabis-related product.
Witnesses reported a loud boom before a fire erupted at The Hampton Greens, in the 4500 block of 148th Avenue Northeast, around 6:30 a.m.
Patty Campbell said her mother fell and injured her pelvis after going back into her apartment to retrieve a purse and clothing.
November 5, 2013 at 7:41 AM
Bellevue police say this morning’s apartment fire that injured seven people and displaced several others is suspicious and being investigated as a possible crime.
Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate said a criminal investigation was launched because there is “apparently something suspicious” about the fire. Iafrate said she didn’t have any other details on what prompted the investigation.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting with the investigation.
The fire was reported about 6:15 a.m. at the Hampton Greens apartments in the 4500 block of 148th Avenue Northeast. Witnesses and employees at the PRO Sports Club, which shares a driveway with the apartment complex, said they heard a loud boom coming from the apartments just after 6 a.m. That noise is believed to be associated with the fire.
In total, 10 apartment units were destroyed in the blaze, Iafrate said. Officials with the American Red Cross are helping those who have been displaced. Police didn’t have an immediate number.
Cassie Howard, 23, who lives at Hampton Greens, said she had left her apartment and walked to work at the PRO Sports Club when she heard a loud noise that she said sounded like someone dropping 600 pounds of weights. Someone then alerted her that her apartment complex was on fire.
Howard’s apartment was one of 10 destroyed in the fire. She fears she may have lost her cat.
Two people were sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated for injuries suffered in the fire. One man is in serious condition and the other is listed as satisfactory, according to hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
Among those injured was a Bellevue firefighter who suffered minor injuries, Iafrate said.
Witnesses told Seattle Times news partner KING-TV that they saw a woman jump from a balcony. However, police have not been able to confirm that report.
Fire crews from Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond fought the blaze.
August 16, 2013 at 8:39 AM
November 9, 2012 at 5:35 AM
EVERETT — A 118-year-old Everett building destroyed in a Thursday night fire is so unstable that investigators are unable to go inside and recover the body of a missing apartment resident.
Everett firefighters used a ladder truck to peer through the torn-up roof on Friday and spotted human remains inside the McCrossen Building, said Everett Police Department spokesman Aaron Snell. City crews and the building’s owner were working to stabilize the structure so that the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office can go inside and retrieve the body, Snell said.
“It is absolutely not safe for anyone to go inside,” said city spokeswoman Kate Reardon. Snell declined to release the age, gender or any other identifying information. Police and fire investigators are not allowed back in the building until it is stabilized.
Robinson said the victim lives in the apartment where the fire is believed to have started in a bedroom just before 9:30 p.m.
All other residents of the were evacuated safely, but two nearby residents were taken to a local hospital for inhaling smoke that drifted to their home.
The building has an antique store on the ground floor and 13 apartments on the second floor.
The first crews to arrive on the scene were forced back by fast-spreading flames.
November 8, 2012 at 10:22 PM
An Everett apartment building near Comcast Arena went up in flames Thursday night, according to the Everett Fire Department.
The fire started around 9:26 p.m at the 13-unit building on the 1800 block of Hewitt Avenue, said department spokesman Eric Hicks. More than two hours after it started on the top floor, firefighters were still controlling the blaze in defensive mode to keep it from spreading, he said.
No injuries have been reported, but not every apartment resident has been accounted for either, Hicks said. The fire displaced at least 11 residents, he said.
Large plumes of smoke could be seen in the sky above Hewitt Avenue, according to news partner MyEverettNews.com. The fire grew so intense that firefighters had to take defensive positions as 20-foot flames rose out of the building and nearby powerlines exploded, according to the news site’s Twitter account.
Hicks said power has been cut to several downtown blocks to keep more energized power lines from falling on the fire. As of 12:20 a.m., power had not been cut to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett Pacific Campus, but a hospital representative said the medical center had been warned its power could be cut and are prepared to run on back-up power.
An employee of a business near the apartments said the roof caved in as she watched the fire consume the building.
The Everett Fire Department, Snohomish County Fire District 1, Marysville Fire District and fire units from several other surrounding cities are responding, said Everett Fire Marshal Rick Robinson.
October 30, 2012 at 7:51 AM
Seattle police are searching for a suspect in an early-morning Mount Baker area apartment fire that may have been set by the ex-boyfriend of an apartment resident.
No one was injured in the fire, which broke out about 4 a.m. at the apartment in the 1100 block of Yakima Avenue South.
About 90 minutes before the fire, police had been called after a man entered the apartment’s unlocked door, then ran off after he was confronted by the boyfriend of the woman who lives in the apartment.
The woman gave police a description of the man, but he was not found.
Police were called again after the fire broke out. The blaze was quickly extinguished by the Seattle Fire Department.
October 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM
UPDATE 10:30 P.M.| Fire investigators believe a lit cigarette started the fire at a 12-unit building of an Edmonds apartment complex Wednesday. They think the 40-year-old man who died in the blaze may have fallen asleep while smoking in his second-story unit, according to a Snohomish County Fire District 1 release.
The fire caused more than $550,000 in property damage. Four apartments have fire damage and two others have smoke and water damage.
“The 11 residents of these six units won’t be able to return to their apartments,” said district spokeswoman Leslie Hynes. ”All 35 residents of the 12-unit building will be out of their apartments for the night because the power was cut to the building.”
Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
One man died in an Edmonds apartment-complex fire Wednesday afternoon, according to Snohomish County Fire District 1.
The fire started around 4:51 p.m. at the three-story Edmonds Highlands Apartments complex on the 23300 block of Edmonds Way, according to district spokeswoman Leslie Hynes. Everyone except the man firefighters found dead was able to evacuate the burning building without injuries.
At least four units were damaged, Hynes said. She said didn’t know exactly how many people have been displaced by the fire, but the Red Cross is on scene helping those who are.
Fire officials are still investigating what caused the blaze.
June 25, 2012 at 5:56 AM
A fire in an apartment building in Everett late last night sent a woman to the hospital.
Firefighters found the 72-year-old woman in her smoke-filled apartment, although the apartment’s sprinkler had extinquishing the blaze, according to the Everett Fire Department. The woman was taken to the hospital where she was first reported in serious condition, but news outlets later reported her in critical condition.
The fire, which was reported at 11:23 p.m. at Holly Village Apartments in the 9600 block of Holly Drive, was contained to the woman’s apartment, according to the fire department.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and no damage estimate was available.
April 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM
A fire in Kent Friday afternoon forced dozens of people to flee an apartment complex and destroyed the homes of three residents.
Kent Fire Capt. Kyle Ohashi said the fire in the complex in the 23200 block of 88th Avenue South was reported about 4 p.m. When the first units arrived, they found one entire end of the three-story structure ablaze and billowing smoke.
Ohashi said three apartment units, one above the other, suffered severe fire damage and were “essentially gutted.” Two were occupied at the time, but the families were able to flee to safety. The occupants of the third unit were not home, but had been notified and were en route, he said.
The fire caused the evacuation of an entire wing of the complex, although most residents were expected to be able to return to their homes on Friday. A few of the adjacent apartments sustained minor smoke and water damage, he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, although Ohashi said it did not appear suspicious. He said damages would likely be extensive, however no dollar estimate was available Friday evening.
The apartment-complex manager was attempting to find alternate housing for the displaced families, the captain said. The Red Cross also had been notified.
April 16, 2012 at 8:37 AM
Firefighters saved a man from a third-floor balcony during an apartment fire in Mountlake Terrace this morning.
Fire crews from Snohomish County Fire District 1 were dispatched to the Taluswood Apartments, 4101 236th St. S.W., around 7:30 a.m., said Leslie Hynes, spokeswoman for Fire District 1. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming out of the three-story apartment building, Hynes said. More than 35 firefighters were called in to battle the two-alarm blaze.
Twelve apartments were damaged in the blaze, it’s unclear how many people will be left homeless, Hynes said.
By 8:15 a.m. the fire was out. Nobody was seriously hurt, Hynes said.
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