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December 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM
The Associated Press
FOX ISLAND — A search dog used to locate disaster victims has helped firefighters recover the body of a doctor who was trapped with his 8-year-old daughter when fire raced through their Fox Island home.
Gig Harbor Fire Department spokesman Eric Waters said the body of Dr. Thomas Babson was found Friday afternoon in a part of the home that was very difficult to access because of structural instability.
Waters said the body of Babson’s 8-year-old daughter was found Thursday in a different part of the home.
The spokesman said fire investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire that started late Wednesday night.
Babson’s wife, June, escaped the fire with the couple’s 12-year-old daughter, and a neighbor rescued their 8-year-old son, a twin. They were all treated for smoke inhalation.
December 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM
Police took a man into custody after he tried to barricade himself in his burning apartment in Kent this morning, fire officials said.
Police had gone to the apartment in the 24000 block of 110th Place Southeast, were not allowed to enter, and while at the scene, a fire started in the man’s apartment, said fire Capt. Kyle Ohashi. Police called firefighters.
By the time firefighters arrived, Ohashi said, the man had been arrested.
Firefighters contained the fire to the first-floor apartment, though several units had smoke in them. The residents were not injured.
Firefighters and paramedics evaluated the man, and he was taken to a hospital for an unknown reason, Ohashi said.
November 28, 2013 at 4:21 PM
A grease fire, started just before noon today after food was left unattended on the stove, left a man with second-degree burns and suffering from smoke inhalation, Seattle fire officials said.
The fire began in the kitchen of a third-floor unit of a four-story apartment building in the 3200 block of Eastlake Avenue East, officials said. The apartment’s occupant called dispatchers to report the fire had reached the kitchen cabinets. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke in the hallway. The building’s alarm system had activated and many residents had already evacuated.
Firefighters contained the fire to the kitchen. The apartment had heavy smoke damage.
The man declined to be treated. Two of his cats were taken to a veterinary hospital — one for burns and smoke inhalation, the other for evaluation.
Earlier today, firefighters were at another fire on Eastlake Avenue East.
Overheated electrical wiring, officials said, started a house fire in the 2200 block of Eastlake Avenue East. The homeowner called 911 about 5:50 a.m. to report fire and black smoke pouring from his attic. The occupants were out of the house by the time firefighters arrived to find flames reaching toward a neighboring structure. The flames were extinguished within 10 minutes, and contained to the attic.
Investigators determined the wiring in the attic ignited adjacent wood ceiling joists.
November 25, 2013 at 5:58 PM
Bellevue fire investigators have been unable to determine what caused the blaze that damaged the Bellevue home of Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez earlier this month.
The Nov. 4 fire started in the laundry room and caused about $250,000 in damage.
Bellevue fire Lt. Richard Burke said in an email the cause of the fire was ruled “undetermined” and the case has been turned over to the Hernandez family and their insurance company.
Hernandez and his wife, Sandra, were in Napa, Calif., at the time of the fire. The pitcher’s agent, Wil Polidor, said the couple’s two children were at a mall with their nanny and the pitcher’s mother-in-law.
The 5,100-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath house was built in 2009 and is valued at $2.85 million, according to King County public records.
November 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM
The Associated Press
MUKILTEO — There are no reports of injuries in a fire this morning that has destroyed a home in Mukilteo.
Assistant Chief Brian McMahan says firefighters who arrived just before 10 a.m. Wednesday were told all the occupants escaped safely.
McMahan says access was a problem fighting the fire because the house is down a long, narrow drive on a steep slope.
The fire was reported just before 10 a.m. in the 6000 block of 88th Street South.
November 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM
A man suffered minor injuries today after jumping from the second floor of a burning house in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.
The Seattle Fire Department reported a man went to Harborview Medical Center with minor smoke inhalation and cuts to his arm after he jumped from a house in the 9300 block of Beacon Avenue South. The man was not identified.
Food on the stove caused the blaze, according to the fire department.
November 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM
An 82-year-old woman rescued Tuesday from a North Seattle fire caused by smoking materials has died of her injuries.
Her husband, who suffered smoke inhalation in the fire in the 11700 block of 22nd Avenue Northeast, is still at Harborview Medical Center, but in satisfactory condition, said hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg. Firefighters rescued him on Tuesday after he went looking for his wife through heavy smoke.
Seattle firefighters found Anna Moore unconscious just after noon in a bathtub on the first floor of her home. Medics revived her pulse on the way to Harborview, but she died Wednesday morning, Gregg said.
Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials and has been labeled an accident.
November 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM
UPDATE AT 4:52 P.M.: Seattle fire says the cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials. Fire is being labeled an accident. Damge estimated at $150,000.
ORIGINAL POST: Seattle Fire Department medics were able to revive an elderly woman who was critically injured in a house fire in North Seattle this afternoon, said department spokesman Kyle Moore.
The woman, who was unconscious when she was rescued by firefighters from the bathtub of a first-floor bathroom, suffered second-degree burns to her face and hands, he said. Medics performed ongoing CPR and by the time they arrived at Harborview Medical Center, the woman had a heart beat and pulse, Moore said.
Her husband — who made it out of the house on his own, but then ran back inside the burning structure after firefighters arrived on the scene — was also taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, he said. Both are in their 80s.
A neighbor called 911 at 12:07 p.m. and reported seeing flames coming from the front porch of the home in the 11700 block of 22nd Avenue Northeast, Moore said. Firefighters saw a “huge column of black smoke” and flames shooting from the porch and front room as they arrived at 12:13 p.m.
The husband, his face covered in soot, reported that his wife was still inside and a rescue crew went to find her, said Moore. The husband then “went around the back of the house and back in through the basement,” prompting a second crew to go inside to rescue him, he said.
Firefighters had the blaze knocked down within five minutes. The home sustained significant smoke damage, according to Moore.
A fire investigator was working to identify the cause of the fire and determine a damage estimate.
Two teenage boys at the scene told fire officials they attempted to rescue the elderly couple, but investigators — noting the boys didn’t have soot on their clothes or bodies and didn’t smell of smoke — didn’t believe their story, Moore said.
November 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM
A Bellevue home belonging to Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was severely damaged by fire Monday afternoon.
Hernandez and his wife, Sandra, were in Napa, Calif., when flames erupted at the home around 3:30 p.m., but are returning to Seattle because of the blaze, according to his agent, Wil Polidor. He said the couple’s two children were at a mall with their nanny and the pitcher’s mother-in-law when the fire started.
No one was hurt in the fire, he said.
Firefighting crews from Bellevue, Redmond and Mercer Island spent about 50 minutes knocking down the blaze, said Bellevue Fire Department spokesman Richard Burke. At 6 p.m., investigators were waiting for the house to be ventilated so they could assess damage and begin looking for a cause, he said.
Most of the “substantial damage” to the house is on the first floor while the second floor was mostly damaged by smoke, Burke said. No one was in the structure when fire crews arrived.
Hernandez in July 2010 paid $3.2 million for the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, which has about 5,040 square feet of living space. It also has a wine room, four fireplaces, a theater room and lake views.
He bought the home a few months after signing a five-year, $78-million contract extension with the Mariners.
It’s been a tough few weeks for the Cy Young Award winner and his family.
Last month, the wife of Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero was charged with wire fraud for allegedly using a debit card belonging to Sandra Hernandez to make online purchases. The charges allege that Maria Peguero used the card to have nearly $180,000 in merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue delivered to her Fife, Pierce County, apartment between June 26, 2012, and Oct. 9, 2012.
Peguero has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
November 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM
A woman who apparently jumped off the University Bridge was rescued by the crew of a Seattle Police Harbor Patrol boat about 10 a.m. today.
Witnesses called the fire department at about 9:45, reporting seeing someone jump from the bridge.
The woman, rescued from the water below the bridge, was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
A Seattle Fire Department spokesman said the woman, in her 40s, was in stable condition.
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