Topic: Seattle Fire Department
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December 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM
The Associated Press
Police say a box truck that started rolling downhill as its driver was loading it smacked into five parked cars in a Seattle neighborhood.
KOMO-TV reports the truck driver was injured as he jumped from the back of the truck. Seattle Fire Lt. Sue Stangl says he was taken to a hospital with an ankle injury.
No one else was hurt Monday.
Witnesses told police the trouble started as the driver was loading donated goods into the back of the 24-foot truck. KOMO says it was owned by St. Vincent de Paul.
Witnesses say it appears the truck’s brakes failed.
The front end of a Toyota Prius ended up crushed under the truck.
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 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Seattle firefighters are putting out a galley fire aboard a 110-foot fishing trawler in Ballard this morning.
Firefighters were dispatched to the 600 block of Northwest 41st Street around 10:15, said Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. The crew made it off safely and there were no reported injuries.
Moore said people should expect heavy smoke in the Ballard area for a few hours. He said it often takes a long time to put out ship fires because firefighters are battling flames inside a “huge steel structure.”
November 9, 2013 at 10:08 PM
UPDATE 10:30 P.M.: A man who was stranded in a Magnolia ravine has been rescued and taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
Seattle fire crews are attempting to rescue a man from a Magnolia ravine tonight.
Fire department spokeswoman Sue Stangl said the man somehow went down a nearly 35-foot ravine located behind an apartment building at 4300 35th Avenue West.
“He’s not complaining of any pain,” Stangl said, adding that she doesn’t know how the man got into the ravine.
Stangl said people living in the apartment building dialed 911 around 9:30 p.m. after hearing the man yelling for help.
November 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM
A 55-year-old man’s left arm was severed in an industrial accident at a Seattle fortune cookie company this afternoon after he became stuck in a machine up to his chest, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department.
Medics arrived at the Tsue Chong Co. at 800 S. Weller St., in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, within three minutes of receiving a 911 call at 12:15 p.m., Moore said.
The injured employee “was conscious and alert but in a tremendous amount of pain,” he said.
Firefighters were able to quickly free him and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center along with his severed arm, said Moore, who didn’t know whether doctors would be able to reattach the limb.
Elaine Fischer, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor & Industries, said safety inspectors are on scene and will investigate what happened, what safety requirements apply to the fortune cookie plant and what the employer was doing to ensure safety measures were followed.
There hasn’t been a safety inspection at Tsue Chong Co. since 1996 and the company does not have a history of safety violations, said Fischer.
“If there haven’t been any complaints or incidents to trigger a safety inspection, we don’t routinely inspect every business,” she said. “That particular plant didn’t get on our radar for any of those things, so there wasn’t any reason” to do an inspection.
November 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Fire investigators say a fire that demolished a garage on a South Adams Street property started accidentally when a man who was living in the structure fell asleep while smoking.
According to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore, the fast-moving fire started in a garage and threatened a house on the same property.
Moore said the resident of the garage was not injured by fire or smoke, but was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of an unrelated medical condition.
The damage to the garage and its contents was estimated at $12,000, he said.
October 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM
UPDATE AT 2:42 P.M.: Firefighters rescued the man by carrying him up a 15-foot embankment on a backboard. He has been taken to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
Department spokesman Kyle Moore said it’s unclear whether the man fell or jumped.
“He kept calling  and hanging up. We found him through the GPS on his cellphone,” Moore said.
ORIGINAL POST: Seattle police and firefighters are trying to rescue a man after he dialed 911 on his cellphone to report he had fallen down a ravine.
Fire crews were dispatched to 7000 Rainier Ave S., where BBB Used Tire is located. Nobody picked up the phone at the tire store.
Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said the call was dispatched as a “welfare check.” Fire spokesman Kyle Moore said they dispatched their rope rescue team.
“We were trying to find him, and SPD found him first. He wasn’t making much sense, and he couldn’t tell us where he was,” Moore said.
This post will be updated when more is known.
October 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM
UPDATE 3:30 P.M.| Everything but the right, westbound lane of Denny Way has reopened in time for rush hour. King County Metro’s Route 8 bus line, which was going to be rerouted through the evening, is back on its regular route.
Seattle Department of Transportation spokeswoman Marybeth Turner says there may be a few intermittent interruptions as crews continue fixing nearby power lines.
Three construction workers were each trapped in different vehicles for about two hours after the operator of an excavator knocked down high-tension power lines at a construction site on the north side of Denny Way at Pontius Avenue North in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.
Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department, said the excavator operator knocked down the power lines at 11:37 a.m., causing four power poles to topple over. One pole landed on top of the cab of a dump truck and a second fell onto a row of cars parked on John Street, one block north of Denny Way, he said.
Live power lines, each carrying 26,000 volts, draped over the excavator, a second dump truck and portions of city streets. No one was injured, but road closures in the area were expected to last for hours.
Seattle City Light employees accessed an underground vault to shut off the power before the three men — who all work for a private contractor employed by the Seattle utility — could safely exit their vehicles at 1:39 p.m., Moore said. He said the men most likely would have been electrocuted had they attempted to get out of their vehicles before the power was cut.
Once the workers were freed, Moore said the scene was turned over to Seattle City Light and the Seattle Department of Transportation. The excavator operator was also to be interviewed by Seattle police, he said. The power surge caused numerous automatic fire alarms to go off in surrounding buildings and some businesses experienced power interruptions.
A spokesman for Seattle City Light did not immediately return messages.
Portions of Denny Way, between Stewart Street and Fairview Avenue, is expected to be closed at least through 11 p.m. However, both eastbound lanes and one lane of westbound of Denny have reopened at Minor Avenue.
John Street, between Stewart and Fairview, will also be closed for several hours.
Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer said at least one Metro route, Route 8, would be rerouted around the area through the evening commute.
October 21, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Oily rags that caught fire caused roughly $30,000 damage at an auto shop in South Park Monday night, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
The department said in a news release that the fire was accidental.
Twenty firefighting teams, including an air-response team, were called to the building, in the 7200 block of Second Avenue South, after the first call came in around 6:30 p.m.
The business was locked, so firefighters had to force their way into the door, the release said. Once they got in, they contained the fire to one corner of the shop and put it out in roughly 30 minutes.
They’ll stay at the auto shop keeping watch until midnight to put out any embers that could flare up, the release said.
No damage was done to any of the vehicles inside, and no one was inside the building when the fire broke out.
October 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Two hikers and their small dog spent nearly two hours stranded on a 120-foot cliff in Discovery Park in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood Friday night before being rescued, according to a Seattle Fire Department news release.
The couple had hiked down to the beach and were walking in the sand when the tide came in, forcing them up a steep, muddy trail, where they waited for the tide to go back out. Unfortunately for them, the sun set first, and they couldn’t find their way back down, the release said.
Around 7 p.m., a technical-rescue team from Magnolia Engine Company 41 arrived, lowering rope lines from above to the hikers, while the Chief Seattle Fire Boat pulled in below them and King County Sheriff’s Guardian One responded by air, the release said.
A Seattle police officer hiked up from the fireboat and was able to reach the stranded hikers and lead them down. Medics examined them and determined they were uninjured.
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