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October 1, 2013 at 11:37 PM
A fire burned through a two-story Edmonds house in the 700 block of Hemlock Way, displacing a couple and their three dogs tonight.
Neighbors who saw smoke and flames called 911 and alerted the homeowners, according to an Edmonds Fire Department news release. A combined team of about 35 firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1, Lynnwood and Shoreline were able to control the fire in about 15 minutes, but not before it had engulfed half of the house, the release said.
No one was injured in the fire, but one of the homeowners’ cats died and another is unaccounted for, the release said.
The resulting burns and smoke damage left the house uninhabitable, and the Red Cross and Support 7 are providing temporary aid to the couple, the release said. The pair does have insurance.
The release said investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire.
August 28, 2013 at 5:02 PM
Seattle firefighters have called the Red Cross to provide temporary shelter for two adults and two children displaced by a fire at a one-story house on 46th Avenue in South Seattle, per a fire department tweet.
The fire has been put out, but its cause and the extent of the damage have not yet been announced.
We’ll update this post with more details as they become available.
November 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM
A fire at Shoreline’s Meadowbrook Apartment Complex damaged 12 units and displaced at least three families early Sunday, according to the Red Cross.
Some of the families were staying Sunday in a temporary shelter set up by the Red Cross, said Teresa Kenney, an organization spokeswoman.
The fire began sometime after midnight at the apartment complex at 1406 Richmond Beach Rd. Authorities have not yet identified the cause of the fire.
KING-TV reported that fire crews knocked down the fire within 15 minutes, preventing it from spreading to other units.
No injuries were reported, according to the TV station.
Shoreline fire officials did not return telephone messages.
November 2, 2012 at 9:12 AM
Volunteers from the American Red Cross of King, Kitsap and North Mason counties and workers from Seattle City Light and the Snohomish County Public Utility District are being dispatched to the East Coast to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Fourteen City Light workers, including two five-person crews, two engineers, a supervisor and a safety expert, will be heading to Long Island in the next day, said Suzanne Hartman, spokeswoman for City Light.
“We’re sending them to the Long Island Power Authority. We made ourselves available,” Hartman said.
City Light is working with Joint Base Lewis-McChord to get the workers and equipment to New York. The military was working Friday morning on logistics on how to transport the workers, as well as two bucket trucks, “derrick diggers” and other equipment, Hartman said. Their hope is to leave Saturday morning but things are still being sorted out, she added.
Master Sgt. Todd Wivell, chief of public affairs for McChord Airfield, said they are waiting for their assignment from the Air Force. He said they would be flying a C-17 aircraft.
“We don’t know if it will be tomorrow or Sunday,” Wivell said.
Hartman said that Long Island Power Authority requested City Light’s help.
“In all honesty, it took them this long to assess what they’re going to need. They had crews in who were closer, but now with the magnitude of [what they're dealing with] they need the help,” she said.
Neil Neroutsos from the Snohomish County PUD said they have sent crews to help New Jersey Central Power and Light. Crews from Snohomish County, Clark County and Eugene, Ore. flew out of Portland on Thursday to assist.
“They flew into Newark and today they’re being positioned out at Asbury Park, out on the coast,” Neroutsos said. “They wanted us out there quickly.”
Neroutsos said they sent two crews, a total of 11 workers, along with basic gear.
“They’ll work 16 hours on and eight hours off and they’ll be out there for up to two weeks,” Neroutsos added.
So far, 45 Red Cross volunteers from Western Washington have been sent to help. Volunteers will assist with shelter operations, running dining halls for people in need and helping people seeking mental and health services, according to a Red Cross spokeswoman.
“People have been calling the last few days wondering if they can volunteer. If they’re what we call spontaneous volunteers we’re asking them to sign up to become a general volunteer,” Rachel Ramey, spokeswoman for the Seattle-area Red Cross also asking people to donate to the Puget Sound Blood Center.
The American Red Cross is taking donations to help people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Relief workers are also taking donations at 1-800-Red-Cross.
September 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM
The earthquake app, offered in English and Spanish, will have real-time updates on how an earthquake has affected users’ nearby area through a “Shake Zone Impact Map,” according to a Red Cross release. Users would receive disaster updates if a fire or tsunami warning in their area were issued as well as information on nearby emergency shelters.
A flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm are available on the app for those stuck in a hazardous situation. For those who aren’t, the app has a one-touch “I’m safe” message that broadcasts reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets.
In the event there is no mobile connectivity, the app’s preloaded emergency-response tips and plans would still be accessible.
The app is the third the Red Cross has created to help people respond to disasters. Its First Aid and Hurricane apps have been downloaded more than 1 million times, according to a Red Cross release.
June 8, 2012 at 7:25 PM
An Everett man rescued from a burning apartment building has been taken to Harborview Medical Center with possible burns and smoke inhalation.
The fire, which broke out shortly after 5 p.m., did an estimated $400,000 damage to a four-plex in the 1600 block of 8th Avenue West in Everett, said Everett city spokeswoman Kate Reardon.
The trapped man had been in a second-floor unit and was rescued by firefighters. No other injuries were reported. About six people were evacuated and were being assisted by the Snohomish County Red Cross.
December 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM
Fire investigators say the mishandling of smoking materials caused an apartment to erupt in flames in the East Hill area of Kent early Sunday, leaving a family of seven temporarily without a home.
Firefighters were dispatched to the 27300 block of 129 Avenue Southeast around 9:50 a.m. after receiving reports of a mattress fire.
Upon arriving, firefighters found flames in the upstairs bedroom and bathroom of an apartment and a burning mattress on the ground outside, officials said.
The flames were put out quickly, but the apartment and another nearby unit sustained an estimated $50,000 in damage, according to officials. They cited “improper disposal of smoking materials” as the cause.
The Red Cross is providing shelter to a family of four adults and three children who were displaced by the fire.
A resident of the apartment where the fire occurred reportedly was injured. Officials say she was treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital.
November 20, 2011 at 5:06 PM
An accidental fire late Friday night on Capitol Hill left a family with 10 children homeless, according to Seattle fire investigators and King 5 news.
Firefighters responded about 11:15 p.m. Friday to reports of a three-story house fire near the 700 block of 15th Avenue and found flames shooting from the basement, Seattle fire officials said.
Firefighters were able to knock down the flames after about 20 minutes, and two people were transported to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries.
Seattle fire investigators determined the fire started when improperly discarded smoking materials ignited a basement couch.
The Red Cross was called to help the displaced family. King 5 news reported the family included a couple, their nine daughters and a 2-year-old son.
Damage was estimated at $50,000 to the structure of the house, and $20,000 to its contents.
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