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August 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Fire engulfs Mercer Island home

Billowing smoke could be seen from miles away as a fire consumed a Mercer Island home Friday night. Occupants of the home in the 5600 block of Mercer Island Way were able to safely escape the fire that erupted about 7 p.m., according to the Mercer Island Fire Department. By the time firetrucks from Mercer Island,…

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August 29, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Police: Blood found in Auburn likely came from homicide victim

The Washington State Patrol crime lab has determined blood found on items left along an Auburn roadway earlier this month came from 30-year-old Brandon Shane Zomalt, Auburn police said on Friday. Auburn police Cmdr. Mike Hirman said Zomalt was last seen two weeks before the discovery of the bloody clothing and carpeting off Peasley Canyon Road on Aug. 13. “We…

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August 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Woman gets mental evaluation for naked pole climb

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Police say they’ve sent a 34-year-old woman to the hospital for a mental evaluation after she made a naked flagpole climb on the roof of a downtown Portland office building. Police said she stripped about midnight Wednesday, hauled down the flag and then wrapped herself in it, brandishing a lighter and fire…

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August 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM

No criminal charges in 2010 Tesoro refinery fire that killed 7

There will be no federal criminal charges in connection with the April 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes that killed seven employees. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a lengthy investigation into possible violations of federal environmental and worker-safety laws concluded no crime had occurred. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said the evidence reviewed “does not reach…

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August 13, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Edmonds woman injured in house fire

The Associated Press EDMONDS, Wash. — A Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman says an Edmonds woman has been seriously burned in a house fire. Spokeswoman Leslie Hynes says the woman, believed to be in her 40s, was outside the house when fire crews arrived early Tuesday after neighbors reported the blaze. According to the spokeswoman, firefighters…

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August 4, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Coast Guard rescues man after boat catches fire near Neah Bay

The Associated Press The Coast Guard said Sunday it rescued a severely hypothermic man clinging to his partially submerged life raft off Washington state’s northwestern tip after his boat caught fire and he abandoned it. The man had been on the raft for nearly an hour when an agency helicopter hoisted him up around noon and…

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July 31, 2014 at 6:07 AM

White Swan woman dies of fire injuries

The Associated Press WHITE SWAN, Wash. — A 71-year-old woman who was injured in a house fire Tuesday at White Swan died at a Seattle hospital. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Linda Hart and her sister suffered burns escaping from the house. They were taken to Harborview Medical Center where the sister, Cheryl Hart, is in satisfactory condition. The deputy…

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July 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Power restored after electrical substation fire near Seattle Center

Update at 12:29 p.m.: Power has been restored to the 325 customers that lost power during the fire at Seattle City Light’s Broad Street Substation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Update at 11:20 a.m.: Seattle firefighters will let the substation fire burn itself out, according to spokesman Kyle Moore. Once that happens,…

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July 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Early morning fire at Roosevelt home called suspicious

Seattle police say a fire that destroyed the porch on a home in the Roosevelt neighborhood this morning is suspicious. The fire was reported shortly after 2 a.m. by a man who called 911 when smoke began pouring into a bedroom on the second floor of his home in the 800 block of Northeast 72nd Street, police said. Firefighters…

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July 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Okanogan County fire now largest in state history

Even as one of Washington’s wildfires became the largest in state history Monday — burning an area 4.5 times the size of Seattle —  fire crews and aid workers are bracing for the possibility that lightning could trigger a new round of fires by midweek. “It’s tough to say, at this point, what to expect,” said Ryan Fliehman, National Weather Service…

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