December 16th, 2016 by Doree
Woodland Park Zoo has announced that yesterday’s fire in the Night Exhibit building likely killed six hibernating turtles. While the building has been closed since 2010 due to funding issues and most of the animals moved to other exhibits and institutions, turtles hibernating in the winter were placed in a special room of the building’s basement.
SFD and our animal care staff worked together to evacuate over 200 animals from the adjacent Day Exhibit. Additional staff from all over the zoo helped by gathering transport crates, and bringing blankets for animals and warm jackets for staff standing outside. Evacuated animals were swiftly transported into vehicles and transferred to warm, safe locations around the zoo.
Rescued animals include reptiles, amphibians and a tree kangaroo. Our Animal Health team performed health assessments last night, and are continuing throughout the day today.
While the Night Exhibit has been closed to the public for nearly seven years and has no longer housed animals, a special room in the basement was used for turtles hibernating in the winter. Sadly, it is highly likely that six turtles hibernating in this room have perished in the fire.
Seattle Fire Department released a statement today saying two firefighters were injured, one with minor burns, the other from possible contact with an electrical panel. Both were treated and released from Harborview Medical Center.
Damage was estimated at $1.5 million dollars, but the cause of the fire could not be determined, “due to structural instability and partial collapse.”
Tags: fire, Seattle Fire Department, woodland park zoo
December 15th, 2016 by Doree
Update 7 p.m.: The zoo plans to reopen at 11 a.m. Friday, and will present WildLights Friday evening as usual.
Update 5:30 p.m.: The fire has been contained.
Update 4:45 p.m.: Woodland Park Zoo has canceled tonight’s WildLights because of the fire. One person was transported to Harborview Medical Center with minor burns. Animals in the nearby Day Exhibit building were being moved as a precaution.
Earlier: Seattle Fire Department is battling a fire in the Night Exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo. That building was closed in 2010, so no animals were hurt.
Zoo Spokesperson Gigi Allianic told me they don’t yet know how the fire started. The zoo was evacuated after the fire started about 3:10 p.m. The zoo was already scheduled to close at 4 p.m., its winter closing time.
You can see raw video from KING 5 here. KIRO 7 has some closeup video of the flames.
We will update this post as we know more.
Tags: fire, Seattle Fire Department, woodland park zoo
September 25th, 2016 by Doree
A fire in a detached garage on NW 76th Street near 3rd Avenue NW this morning caused no injuries. As of 7:15 a.m. 3rd Avenue NW is blocked in both directions at NW 76th Street.
A firefighter on scene tells us there were no injuries and the fire is confined to the garage.
According to Seattle Fire Department’s Real Time 911 Log, the call first came in at 6:53 a.m. As with all calls for a fire in a single family residence, a massive response of emergency vehicles is initially called.
Tags: fire, Seattle Fire Department
June 6th, 2016 by Doree
A house at North 79th Street and Dayton Avenue caught on fire this morning. Deb, a neighbor who sent this photo, tells us the house is vacant.
The first call came in to Seattle Fire at 6:47 a.m. As of 10 a.m., units were still on scene.
We have a call in to Seattle Fire for more information and will update this post as soon as we hear back.
Tags: fire, house fire, Seattle Fire Department
June 2nd, 2016 by Doree
Update 2:30 p.m.: Moonphoto right next door to the nail salon is structurally fine but does have some smoke damage. A woman who answered the phone this afternoon said power to half their space is out and some of their computers are down, but overall they are happy the fire wasn’t worse.
The phone number for Advance Nails & Spa goes straight to a recording saying the voicemail box hasn’t been set up yet.
Update 2:15 p.m.: Seattle Fire Public Information Officer Corey Orvold says the fire was caused by overheated electrical inside the nail salon. No one was injured. Damage is estimated at $50,000. Orvold says Engine 21 was first on scene and reported seeing light smoke from a small fire inside the wall.
Earlier: An apparent electrical fire at Greenwood Avenue North and North 77th Street heavily damaged Advance Nails & Spa early this morning.
According to the Real Time 911 Log, the call came in at 4:55 a.m. Engine 21, which is just four blocks south, arrived, followed by Engine 35, Ladder 5, Battalion 4 and Marshal 5.
Tom emailed to say he lives in a condo one block away and was woken up by a loud bang and then sirens.
Thanks to Rob Fellows for the photos.
Tags: Advance Nails & Spa, fire
April 20th, 2016 by Doree
Mike V sent us photos of a house fire at North 67th Street and Palatine Avenue North this evening.
He said flames were shooting out of the west side of the house when firefighters arrived, but they were able to quickly extinguish them, but heavy smoke continued to come from that side of the house.
He said the owner got out of the house and is okay.
Thanks to Mike, Karl and Eva for sending photos and information!
Update Thursday 12 p.m.: From Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line Blog:
Palatine House Fire Ruled Accidental
Fire investigators determined the house fire on the 6500 block of Palatine Avenue North on April 20, 2016, was accidental. The fire was caused by overheated electrical wiring in the kitchen of the home.
At 6:19 p.m., fire dispatchers received multiple calls of a fire inside the home. Engine 21, arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the first floor of the two-story home with a basement. Firefighters immediately applied water on the fire and were able to knock the fire down from the sidewalk in front of the house. However, the fire was fought defensively due to the excess accumulation of materials inside the home. At 6:50 p.m., the Incident Commander determined it was safe for firefighters to enter the building and transitioned to an offensive approach. From inside the building, firefighters continued to fight the blaze that had extended to the second floor of the home. The fire was extinguished at 7:28 p.m. There were no injuries and the sole occupant of the home was on the sidewalk when firefighters arrived.
The total damage to the building and contents is estimated at 300,000 dollars.
Update Thursday 3 p.m.: Naydene, his next door neighbor, tells me that when the fire started, the homeowner knocked on her window and asked her to call 911. Some other neighbors, whom she had never met before, offered to hose down the side of her house to help keep it from catching fire. “This was a truly selfless and generous act for which I am very grateful,” Naydene told me by email.
Tags: fire, housefire, Seattle Fire Department
March 12th, 2016 by Doree
Greenwood Elementary School families who produced those “Show Greenwood Some Love” T-shirts sold more than 164 of them at The Ridge Pizza and Makeda & Mingus during last night’s Artwalk to raise $4,100 for the Greenwood Relief Fund to help businesses and neighbors affected by Wednesday’s explosion.
Remaining shirts — mostly larger adult and youth sizes — are for sale at Makeda, 153 N. 78th St. But organizers are putting in a second order that should arrive mid-week and will be for sale at Makeda and at other neighborhood businesses. We’ll let you know when and where.
Tags: explosion, fire, fundraiser, fundraising, Show Greenwood Some Love
March 11th, 2016 by Doree
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has set up a special webpage with resources and contact information for businesses, homeowners and renters affected by Wednesday’s natural gas explosion. That page will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.
You can also call their Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489.
Tags: Department of Neighborhoods, explosion, fire
March 11th, 2016 by Doree
If ever there was a weekend that Greenwood neighbors should be out and about in their neighborhood, this is it. The weather may not cooperate, but the monthly Art Up artwalk is still happening tonight, even at many of the businesses damaged by Wednesday’s explosion. Let’s show those businesses some love by eating at the restaurants, patronizing their businesses and buying art.
Earlier today, artist Faye Fontaine painted the plywood at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., to help advertise the Artwalk.
Check the Artwalk website for a list of participating businesses and artists, but keep in mind that that list was compiled before the explosion and we don’t know exactly who is participating as cleanup and repair efforts are ongoing. Many participating venues will have donation jars out to help affected businesses, and some are donating all or a portion of the night’s proceeds to relief efforts, including Urban Light Studios (part of Greenwood Collective at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 100) and Flying Bike Coop Brewery (8570 Greenwood Ave. N.)
Greenwood Elementary parents will be selling “Show Greenwood Some Love” T-shirts at The Ridge Pizza at 7217 Greenwood Ave. N. during the artwalk tonight. Parents donated the money to make the shirts, so all proceeds go to the relief fund. T-shirts are $25, cash or check only. Checks should be made out the Phinney Neighborhood Association, with Greenwood Relief Fund or Greenwood Love T-shirt in the memo.
The list of businesses and organizations holding fundraisers or collecting donations is long, far too long for us to list them all here. The Phinney Neighborhood Association is compiling a complete list, and is continually adding more, so please check that page for up-to-date information. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation through the PNA to the Greenwood Relief Fund.
Other events happening in the neighborhood this weekend:
Seattle Folklore Society presents internationally-acclaimed harpist Seumas Gagné (one of the founding members of the band Wicked Celts) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Brick Building. He’ll be joined by several local Celtic musicians. Tickets in advance are $16 general; $14 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price. All tickets are $2 more at the door.
Couth Buzzard is still hosting its full lineup of concerts this weekend: Pacific NW Folklore Society’s Drunken Maidens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Stew’s Folk Music Corner at 12 p.m. Saturday; Songwriters in Seattle with Tim Davidson, Dan Foster, Matthew Schumacher and Steve Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Evan’s Family Variety Show is hosting a special event from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center with internationally renowned magician Jeff McBride. The show is family-friendly, and there are also special events just for professional magicians. Tickets available online.
Tags: explosion, fire, fundraiser, fundraising