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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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September 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Fire destroys Ferndale fiberglass boat business

The Associated Press FERNDALE — A fire Thursday night in Ferndale destroyed the building that housed Northwest Marine Industries, a business that manufactured about three fiberglass sports boats a month. The Bellingham Herald reports no one was hurt in the fire. The building was gutted by heat and flames. Northwest Marine operated in the building about three years…

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September 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Capitol Hill apartment fire caused by smoking materials

Update at 3:34 p.m.: Residents of five of the units were displaced due to water damage in their apartments, said fire spokesman Kyle Moore, adding that the Red Cross was called in to aid those people. Moore said that the building does have a sprinkler system, correcting earlier information that it did not. Moore did…

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September 11, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Fire destroys home near Kentridge High School

Fire investigators in Kent are talking to a person of interest in connection with a blaze that destroyed an abandoned house Thursday morning. Kent Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Don Barberie couldn’t say whether investigators believe the fire was intentionally set, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Firefighters were called to the home near…

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September 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Weather Service issues red flag warning for W. Washington

A forecast combination of strong winds, low humidity and dry fuels has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for a large portion of Western Washington from Thursday morning to Friday evening. A red flag warning means that weather conditions could contribute to active fire behavior that would spread rapidly, the National…

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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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