A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Firefighter recruits training at vacant Broadview home today through Tuesday

May 18th, 2017 by Doree

Don’t be alarmed if you see a lot of fire trucks in the Broadview neighborhood over the next few days. That’s just new Seattle firefighters training.

From Seattle Fire Department’s Fireline Blog:

The Seattle Fire Department will train new firefighter recruits at a vacant home in the Broadview neighborhood. Training officers and fire recruits will practice firefighting skills at 12115 12th Avenue NW on May 18, 19, 22 and 23. During these dates, residents will notice an increase in the number of fire apparatus parked on the street.

The live fire training is an opportunity for the recruits to face real fire scenarios in a controlled setting. This essential experience prepares the newest members of the Department for the risks and challenges of fighting a home fire. This benefits the Seattle community by further developing the recruits’ fundamental life and property protection skills.

Residents should prepare to see smoke as controlled burns are set at the vacant structure. All carpet, plastics and toxic synthetic materials have been removed along with required asbestos abatement. The training officers will set wood fires in a controlled fashion with safety officers on hand during the exercises. This training is conducted under the strict regulations and rules of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Neighbors are welcome to come and watch the live training. Typical training days begin around 7 a.m. with the live fire training starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until approximately 5 p.m.

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Advance Nails & Spa reopens after renovations after last year’s fire

April 27th, 2017 by Doree

Advance Nails & Spa at 7700 Greenwood Ave. N. reopened last week. The nail salon was seriously damaged in an electrical fire last June.

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No one injured in early morning house fire in Greenwood

February 15th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Firefighters extinguished a house fire in Greenwood early this morning. No one was injured.

From the Seattle Fireline Blog:

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 1:22 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 100 NW block of 81st Street for a house fire.

Firefighters arrived to find visible flames from the two-story residence. They quickly deployed a hose line through the front door to the second floor, applied water, and ventilated smoke through the attic while checking for occupants. The fire was successfully extinguished by 1:45 a.m.

The homeowner advised firefighters that the fire was in the upstairs bathroom and there was no one inside the home.

There were no injuries from this incident. Firefighters remained on-scene overnight for fire watch.

Fire Investigation Unit members determined the cause of fire to be an electrical malfunction in the bathroom exhaust fan. The estimated loss is $55,000.

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Update to Woodland Park Zoo fire: It’s likely 6 hibernating turtles died

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.”

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BREAKING: Fire in empty nocturnal exhibit at 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.

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Fire in detached garage on NW 76th Street, 3rd Avenue NW is blocked at 76th, no injuries

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.

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House fire at 79th and Dayton this morning

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.

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Electrical fire at Greenwood & 77th this morning damages Advance Nails & Spa

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.

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House fire at 67th & Palatine, owner got out okay

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.

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