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December 22, 2014 at 5:53 AM

Woman found dead in University Place fire

The Associated Press UNIVERSITY PLACE — Firefighters found the body of a woman at an apartment fire in University Place in Pierce County. West Pierce Fire and Rescue says a neighbor was burned Sunday evening in a rescue attempt. He ran outside when he smelled smoke, saw flames coming from his neighbor’s unit and suffered burns kicking…

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December 4, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Items near baseboard heater cause of West Seattle fire

The Seattle Fire Department has determined that a Nov. 29 apartment fire  in West Seattle was caused by items placed close to an electric baseboard heater. Fire crews were called to an apartment building in the 3800 block of Beach Drive Southwest for a report of an alarm going off inside the complex. Residents were evacuated…

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December 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Dad, 2 children die in Goldendale house fire; faulty wiring blamed

GOLDENDALE, Klickitat County — Police in Goldendale say a 34-year-old man and two young children have been found dead after a house fire. The Klickitat County coroner’s office identified the victims as Thomas Blakely and his two children, 7-year-old Kyra Blakely and 5-year-old Thomas Blakely. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that autopsies are scheduled. Police say flames had engulfed…

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November 29, 2014 at 9:39 PM

West Seattle residents displaced by fire

Two adult females and a dog were assisted by the Red Cross after a fire damaged their home in an apartment complex in the 3800 block of Beach Drive Southwest on Saturday afternoon, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The occupants of three other apartments were also displaced, though residents in nine other units on floors…

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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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