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November 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Portland homeless man escapes after tent is set on fire

PORTLAND — Officers say somebody poured gasoline or another flammable liquid on a homeless man’s tent and set it on fire, but the man and his dog were uninjured. The Washington County sheriff’s office says the 47-year-old man called police late Saturday. He told deputies he was asleep near Forest Grove when he heard someone outside the…


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November 12, 2014 at 5:49 AM

E-cigarette reportedly started Tacoma house fire

TACOMA — A house fire in Tacoma that seriously injured a man was reportedly started by an e-cigarette explosion. Fire Battalion Chief Dave McRoberts says the cause remains under investigation but a woman said her electronic cigarette exploded, spilling liquid that set a couch on fire. The News Tribune reports firefighters rescued a man from inside the…


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November 3, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Baby killed in house fire near Olympia

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m. | A woman who left her infant son alone in a bedroom where a hotplate was being used for heat is being investigated for manslaughter in his death, the Thurston County sheriff’s office said.The 18-month-old was not in a crib. The hotplate with an open coil sat on a floor covered with…


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October 14, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Fire damages Federal Way strip mall

The Associated Press FEDERAL WAY — A stubborn fire continued to flare up Tuesday morning, three hours after it broke out about 6:30 a.m. in a strip mall in Federal Way. KOMO reports the building on Pacific Highway South houses a tattoo and piercing saloon, trophy award shop and martial arts studio. The owner of the tattoo shop…


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October 7, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Fire burns hangar, planes at Camas airport

The Associated Press CAMAS, Wash. — Fire gutted 14 hangar bays and destroyed a number of small planes Monday night at Grove Field in Camas. The airport is owned and operated by the Port of Camas-Washougal. Executive Director David Ripp told The Columbian no one was reported inside the E Hangar when fire broke out. Firefighters from several…


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October 3, 2014 at 4:36 AM

2 injured escaping from Kent apartment fire

  Updated at 8:24 a.m.: Firefighters are still mopping up an apartment fire in Kent where two people were injured early Friday when they jumped from a third-floor balcony to escape the flames. At least six families were displaced by the fire, said Deputy Fire Marshall Don Barberie. Several other apartments may be affected by smoke…


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September 30, 2014 at 1:09 PM

More than 100 firefighters battle blaze in Fremont

    Update at 4:02 p.m.: The cause of the fire is under investigation, the fire department said. Investigators haven’t been able to go inside the building because of hazardous material and the building’s strucutural integrity. Update at 3:37 p.m.: The fire department says the fire was declared extinguished as of 3:15 p.m. Twelve workers were evacuated…


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September 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Chicago shutdown affects some, but not many, Sea-Tac flights

UPDATE, Friday, 1:09 p.m.: As of early Friday afternoon, a spokesman for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reported a total of 15 canceled flights and 77 delayed flights as a result of the fire that shut down service at Chicago airports. Of those cancelled at Sea-Tac, six were outbound and nine were inbound, said spokesman Perry Cooper, and…


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September 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Ferndale boat factory fire ruled an accident

A police spokesman in the northwest Washington town of Ferndale says a huge fire at a boat factory has been ruled accidental. The Bellingham Herald reports that Lt. Matt Huffman says experts from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have determined the Sept. 11 fire at Northwest Marine was caused by chemicals used…


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September 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM

2 with severe burns after boat engine explodes

PORT ORCHARD (AP) — Authorities say a man and a woman were hospitalized with severe burns after a boat engine exploded near Blake Island Sunday evening. KOMO reports several people were aboard the boat when a mechanical malfunction in the engine caused it to backfire, triggering a small explosion. Authorities were alerted just before 5 p.m. of…


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