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


Fire in condo building at 8760 Greenwood Avenue North

August 23rd, 2017 by Doree

Update: Fire investigators have ruled the cause as accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Estimated loss is $150,000 for the structure, $100,000 for contents.

Update: Metro Route 5 has resumed its normal route along Greenwood Avenue.

Update: Seattle Fire Department tweeted that the fire is out, with no injuries reported.

Metro Transit is rerouting Route 5 in both directions between North 85th Street and North 105th Street, because of the fire trucks blocking the street. Please use bus stops on Greenwood Avenue North south of 85th or north of 105th until further notice.

Earlier: Seattle Fire Department has a large response for a fire inside a condo building at 8760 Greenwood Avenue North.

According to Real Time 911, the first call came in at 1:21 p.m.

Joey sent us this photo:

We’ll update this post as we know more.

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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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Greenwood firefighters recognized for service during 2016 natural gas explosion

May 15th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Fire Department held its annual awards luncheon last Wednesday, and recognized nine firefighters who were injured in the March 9, 2016, natural gas explosion in downtown Greenwood.

SFD’s Unit Citation went to Battalion Chief Tamalyn Nigretto, Lt. Charles Meyer, Lt. Ed Newell, Firefighter Nathan Buck, Firefighter Mike Camlin, Firefighter Joey Haugen, Firefighter Jeff Markoff, Firefighter Richard Martell, and Firefighter Steve Roberts.

Lt. Newell also received a separate Commendation for his service that day.

Thank you, Defenders of Greenwood!

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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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Firefighter story times for preschoolers at local libraries

October 3rd, 2016 by Doree

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, local firefighters will be reading to preschoolers at several Seattle Public Library locations in October. The books will be on fire safety, and the firefighters will bring some of their equipment and their trucks for children and caregivers to see up close.

They’ll be reading at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 10:30-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

You can see the full schedule of firefighter story times here.

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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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