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July 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Power restored after electrical substation fire near Seattle Center

Update at 12:29 p.m.: Power has been restored to the 325 customers that lost power during the fire at Seattle City Light’s Broad Street Substation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Update at 11:20 a.m.: Seattle firefighters will let the substation fire burn itself out, according to spokesman Kyle Moore. Once that happens,…


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July 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Early morning fire at Roosevelt home called suspicious

Seattle police say a fire that destroyed the porch on a home in the Roosevelt neighborhood this morning is suspicious. The fire was reported shortly after 2 a.m. by a man who called 911 when smoke began pouring into a bedroom on the second floor of his home in the 800 block of Northeast 72nd Street, police said. Firefighters…


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July 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Spider fire, and other stuff you might have missed this (and last) week

Bats? Spiders? Giant snails? Mysterious human skulls? No, it’s not Halloween. But it is a different kind of holiday, if you will: the triumphant return of the offbeat-news roundup, after a week’s hiatus. To celebrate, I give you The Weird News Double-Week Double Whammy! Two weeks’ worth of weirdness, jam-packed into one easy-to-digest list.


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July 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Possible chemical spill reported at Interbay business

Update at 1:43 p.m.: The Fire Department’s hazardous materials team did not locate a source of illness inside the Interbay business. Fire crews are now clearing the scene. Original post: Two people have been hospitalized after a possible chemical spill at a plumbing supply store in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. Seattle fire Lt. Sue Stangl said department hazardous materials crews are…


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July 15, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Brush fire breaks out on trail at UW

The Seattle Fire Department made quick work of a brush fire that broke out this afternoon on a trail at the University of Washington. Firefighters responded around 4 p.m. to the fire on a trail at Mary Gates Memorial Drive Northeast and Northeast Clark Road near the Center for Urban Horticulture. The fire did not pose a threat to buildings…


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July 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

City to pay $495K to Seattle firefighter whose hearing was damaged by siren

The City of Seattle has agreed to pay $495,000 to a veteran firefighter whose hearing was permanently damaged when a siren was activated inside a fire station while he was four feet from the engine. According to legal documents, Seattle Firefighter Rodney Bingham was preparing to board a fire engine at Station 41 in Ballard on Oct. 11,…


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July 9, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Seattle firefighters, woman charged in assault on homeless man

Two Seattle firefighters and a woman were each charged today with fourth-degree assault and malicious harassment for an alleged attack on a homeless man who was sleeping on a memorial to fallen firefighters in Seattle’s Occidental Park in March, according to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. In April, King County prosecutors declined to file felony charges against…


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June 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Kite-boarder rescued off Golden Gardens Park

A kite-boarder in distress was rescued this afternoon from the water off Golden Gardens Park, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The department received a 911 call around 4:45 p.m. from someone on shore reporting that a kite-boarder was in trouble in the water. Before firefighters arrived, a private boat reached the man and he was towed to safety by 5:02…


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June 26, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Fire damages playground equipment at West Seattle school

Fire investigators have not determined how a fire erupted early this morning at a West Seattle playground. The fire was reported at 1:19 a.m. at Schmitz Park Elementary School, 5000 block of Southwest Spokane Street, according to the Seattle Fire Department. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, which was confined to wood chips in the playground. The heat and…


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June 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Fire damages historic Capitol Hill home

Update 3:51 p.m.: A fire that damaged a historic home housing a commune was sparked by machinery used by a crew who were working on the gutters, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The afternoon fire caused about $1 million worth of structural damage and about $250,000 worth of damage to items inside the home, fire spokesman…


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