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Swearingen is the new Valley Regional Fire Authority Board fire chief and administrator
The Valley Regional Fire Authority Board of Governance did not have to look far to find its next chief executive. The board on Wednesday appointed Brent Swearingen, deputy chief of operations, to serve as fire chief and administrator of the VRFA, effective Jan. 1. “Chief Swearingen brings 34 years of experience in the fire service, significant academic achievements and industry credentials,” said Nancy Backus, Auburn mayor and VRFA board chair.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 1:11:27 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:11:27 GMT

Family involved fatal motorhome crash on I-90 reunited with Kittitas County first responders
A little over a month after two members of the Edelbrock family died in a motorhome crash on Interstate 90, the family was reunited with emergency responders on scene that day. First responders with Kittitas County Fire District 7 and Upper Kittitas County Medic One met with the Edelbrock family this week at the request of the family to meet the responders who had transported family members in the Sept.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 1:45:02 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:45:02 GMT

Kennewick police working to identify arsonists in nine Zintel Canyon fires
Police are asking for help in identifying the person or people involved in starting fires at Zintel Canyon in Kennewick over the last six months. The Kennewick Police Department said Friday the series of fires at the city park are now considered arson. Between April 3 and Oct. 1 of this year, firefighters have responded to nine suspicious fires at the park, according to a Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers bulletin.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2018 11:39:59 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:39:59 GMT

Kent driver crashed pickup twice same night as quadruple fatality
A 22-year-old Kent man reportedly crashed his pickup twice earlier in the night prior to the wreck that killed his four passengers. King County prosecutors charged Jesse Tenorio with four counts of vehicular homicide for the Oct. 7 crash along eastbound State Route 518 in Tukwila near the Interstate 405 interchange.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 4:02:27 PM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 23:02:27 GMT

'Historic' Wildland Fire Funding Request Goes To Washington's Legislature
Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is asking the state Legislature to nearly double funding to manage and respond to wildfire. Since 2008, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources has received nearly $21 million on average from the Legislature to pay for fire suppression annually.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 7:56:29 AM - SOURCE: news.opb
Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:56:29 GMT

South County Fire celebrates first year with recognition ceremony
South County Fire celebrated its first anniversary as a regional fire authority last week with a recognition ceremony honoring employees, volunteers and citizens. Volunteers of the Year: Larry and Carol Foote. The Footes have been volunteering for more than seven years and have logged nearly 1,000 hours of service as they drive interdepartmental mail and supplies between South County Fire’s 14 fire stations and headquarters.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 3:58:03 AM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:58:03 GMT

Port Townsend, East Jefferson Fire-Rescue boards to consider annexation for February ballot
City of Port Townsend and East Jefferson Fire Rescue officials have agreed to pursue annexation of the city into the fire district, which provides city fire and emergency services. If both entities approve the agreement at meetings of their respective boards next week, the measure will be put on the Feb.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2018 2:49:09 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 09:49:09 GMT

Kirkland Fire Department receives pet oxygen mask donation
While fire departments are ready to battle blazes and rescue victims at a moment’s notice, not every unit is equipped to assist pets affected by smoke inhalation. With new pet oxygen masks donated by Invisible Fence’s Project Breathe program, the Kirkland Fire Department will be able to help pets on the scene of a fire and hopefully reduce the number of pet fatalities.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2018 1:01:56 PM - SOURCE: Kirkland Reporter
Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2018 20:01:56 GMT

Arrest made in 2016 death of Woodland man found in burning home
Authorities say a 39-year-old Vancouver man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the 2016 death of a man whose body was found inside his burning home. The Columbian reports Dustin Griffin was arrested late Monday. Firefighters called to the blaze on Nov. 22, 2016, found the body of 62-year-old Donald Howard in his Woodland home.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2018 7:21:50 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 02:21:50 GMT

Authorities: Bad Elmer City fire could have been worse
A fire that destroyed four homes in Elmer City last week left the fire chief thankful for his neighbors, who he said likely prevented a larger catastrophe. Okanogan Fire District 2 Chief Dave Finch said some 41 firefighters from every local department were in Elmer City Tuesday night to fight the fire that started about 6 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2018 1:00:21 PM - SOURCE: Grand Coulee Star
Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2018 20:00:21 GMT

Court: Wenatchee Sleepy Hollow Fire arsonist owes victims $10.6 million
The price of the Sleepy Hollow Fire was high — millions of dollars in homes and property destroyed in one of Wenatchee’s most expensive neighborhoods, and tens of millions more in warehouse space. Part of that price must be paid by Jeremy Kendall, the 40-year-old Wenatchee man who confessed to setting the fire in June 2015.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2018 3:52:53 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:52:53 GMT

Mom, baby safe in accidental Spokane apartment fire
At 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, Spokane firefighters responded to fire alarms going off at a South Hill apartment complex at 3210 E 44th Ave. A mom and her baby were in their apartment when a candle was accidentally knocked onto a bed and started the fire. The mother and child safely got out of the building.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2018 11:33:45 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 09 Oct 2018 18:33:45 GMT

Mercer Island firefighters raise funds, awareness for breast cancer
Mercer Island firefighters will join many across the world in recognizing breast cancer awareness month and raising funds to support a local charity. The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) calls upon its members every year to help support the annual international awareness campaign throughout the month of October.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2018 1:12:06 PM - SOURCE: Mercer Island Reporter
Posted on Tue, 09 Oct 2018 20:12:06 GMT

Students volunteer to help Spokane Fire install smoke alarms in homes
To raise awareness about campus and community fire safety, the Spokane Fire Department, Red Cross and Whitworth University are partnering with First Alert, along with Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation, to participate in the Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project. As part of the Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project, Spokane Fire Department was chosen along with 24 other departments to host community events nationwide.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2018 11:44:59 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 09 Oct 2018 18:44:59 GMT

Tumwater brewery fire ignites city’s frustration over property access, lack of progress
Tumwater Development LLC, whose primary member is Chandulal Patel of Southern California, paid $4 million for four brewery parcels at the end of December 2015. Patel is a real estate investor and developer who splits his time between Southern California and India. LaVielle said they hope to get the owners and an insurance adjuster on site to come up with a plan about next steps.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2018 2:52:10 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:52:10 GMT

3 dogs die in Clark County house fire; woman escapes, gets tangled in barbed wire
Firefighters say three dogs, including a puppy, died in house fire Monday morning in Clark County. A woman who escaped the flames in the 19700 block of Northeast Erion Road left through a back window and became tangled in barbed wire, Clark County Fire District 3 says. Crews responded around 6 a.m.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2018 2:04:50 PM - SOURCE: KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton
Posted on Mon, 08 Oct 2018 21:04:50 GMT

Vancouver man believes truck was torched because of Trump bumper stickers
A Vancouver, Washington man believes his bumper stickers are the reason someone set his truck on fire. “It took me by surprise,” said Johnny Mackay. “It blew me away.” Mackay left his truck outside the Garage Bar and Grille after some drinks Sunday night. He returned early Monday morning to find the truck torched.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Tue, 09 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Six people, dog escape Kent house fire
Six people were displaced by a house fire Sunday night in the 12400 block of Southeast 238th Place on Kent’s East Hill. The fire was reported by the occupants at 9:52 p.m., after they smelled smoke and their smoke alarms activated, according to a Puget Sound Fire news release. All six escaped safely along with the family dog.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2018 1:15:32 PM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Mon, 08 Oct 2018 20:15:32 GMT

Yakima house destroyed after a fire
A house was destroyed during a fire early Sunday morning. Firefighters were forced to battle the flames from outside of the house on the 4600 block of Hilltop Loop. After the first and second floor ended up collapsing and released natural gas. While on the way down it damaged a gas meter, making the fire more dangerous to put out.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2018 7:31:46 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:31:46 GMT

Cigarette likely cause of Edmonds condo fire
A woman and her dog safely escaped a fire that caused more than $50,000 damage at an Edmonds condominium on Sunday, Oct. 7. According to South County Fire spokeswoman Leslie Hynes, dispatchers received an alert from an alarm company and multiple 911 calls around 6:10 p.m. that reported smoke and flames on the ground floor of the 16-unit, four-story Carmel Condominiums in the 600 block of Main Street.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2018 2:24:05 AM - SOURCE: Edmonds Beacon
Posted on Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:24:05 GMT

3-alarm fire burns offices near historic Olympia brewery
Multiple firefighter crews rushed to battle a 3-alarm fire in an office building near the old Olympia Brewery property in Tumwater early Monday morning. At about 2:30 a.m., a watchman on site reported seeing smoke in the building. According to Ann Cook, the communications manager for the City of Tumwater, the fire was burning south of the 100 block of Custer Way SW, which is not the historical property of the brewery that the city is currently in the process of renovating.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2018 5:39:01 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 08 Oct 2018 12:39:01 GMT

Everett marina evacuated as boathouse bursts into flames
An Everett marina was evacuated Monday morning after an intense fire broke out in a boathouse there. A fireboat and other crews responded to the scene, in the 1700 block of West Marine View Drive, at about 8 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames. Police evacuated boaters from the Central "G" Dock at the Port of Everett while firefighters battled the flames, which sent a plume of black smoke towering over the Everett waterfront.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 08 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Clallam Bay coach loses home to fire
Longtime West End resident Kelly Gregory and his wife, Kim, lost their cedar home to fire last week. No one was inside the home at 24563 state Highway 112 when the fire began in the area of the chimney late Thursday morning, Fire District 5 Chief Trish Hutson said Friday. No injuries Gregory, his wife, their dog and cats, and two horses that were in a corral at a barn some 50 to 100 feet west of the home were not injured.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2018 2:37:15 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Sun, 07 Oct 2018 09:37:15 GMT

Two killed, two injured in fiery Hockinson crash
Two people were killed Saturday night and two injured, one of them with life-threatening injuries, in a single-car crash in the Hockinson area, Clark County authorities said. Rescuers responding to a 911 call made at 11:22 p.m. found the car on fire at Northeast 182nd Avenue and 139th Street. One of the dead victims — identified as Isabella P.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2018 8:55:33 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Sun, 07 Oct 2018 15:55:33 GMT

Man arrested for arson after allegedly admitting to starting 2012 house fire in Ephrata
Nearly six years after a fire destroyed an Ephrata home, a man has reportedly admitted to starting the fire. James Wyman, 24, was arrested Thursday morning for arson in the first degree and burglary in the first degree in connection to the December 2012 blaze. Ephrata police were called just before 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2018 12:03:47 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 05 Oct 2018 19:03:47 GMT

Woman attempts to burn pile of clothes on barbecue, fire spreads to Kennewick apartment deck
A fire meant to burn a pile of clothes spreads to an apartment deck in Kennewick. Firefighters were called out to the On The Boulevard apartment complex near Steptoe Street and West Gage Boulevard Saturday night. When crews got there, a fire was burning on an apartment deck. Once put out they discovered Kali Beacham, 21, attempted to burn a pile of clothes on the barbecue.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2018 12:50:32 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 07 Oct 2018 19:50:32 GMT

Valley Regional Fire Authority administrator decides to retire
Eric Robertson has decided to retire as administrator of the Valley Regional Authority at the end of the year, concluding more than 35 years of public service. Robertson shared the news with his staff on Thursday. “I have been extremely blessed in my career, given the opportunity to lead the formation of the first regional fire authority in the state,” Roberts told his employees.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2018 1:59:54 AM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Fri, 05 Oct 2018 08:59:54 GMT

Yakima firefighters team up with 911 dispatchers on the front lines
They usually answer emergency calls in front of a computer, but Yakima is now sending out Suncomm 911 dispatchers into the field as technical support when needed. “So instead of them concerning about what resources they have or what resources they have available, it's our job to keep track of that and relay that information to them as needed,” Cameron Haubrich with SunComm said.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 7:41:03 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 05 Oct 2018 02:41:03 GMT

Bellingham Fire chief: ‘We will not obtain training...on recently deceased patients’
Training on recently deceased patients will no longer be an accepted practice for Bellingham Fire Department paramedics, as the department’s policy has been clarified in response to a dead man being intubated by 11 employees July 31 on the floor of Station 1. “Patient care and procedures should only be provided with the goal of patient resuscitation,” assistant supervising physician Dr.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 4:41:14 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018 23:41:14 GMT

Bothell firefighter with cancer fighting for a bigger cause
Kirk Robinson, a local firefighter and lifelong Mercer Islander, is battling stage 4 cancer. But Robinson, a lieutenant with the Bothell Fire Department, doesn’t look - or act - like you might imagine, and now he’s fighting for a bigger cause. In early 2017, Robinson felt a lump on his side, and was soon diagnosed with stage 3 (now, stage 4) cancer - metastatic melanoma.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Fri, 05 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Klickitat County Dispatchers Earn Team of Year Honor
The Washington State Chapter of APCO (Association of Public Safety Communication Officials) and NENA (National Emergency Number Association) has named the Klickitat County communications officers as the recipient of the “2017 Team of the Year Award” for Washington State. This award recognizes the emergency communication team that handled an unforeseen or unusually challenging situation causing each nominee to handle additional responsibilities in addition to their regularly assigned duties.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 1:00:24 PM - SOURCE: White Salmon Enterprise
Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:00:24 GMT

Carbon monoxide tragedy teaches hazard awareness to Longview students
A bright yellow "Airy the Canary" stuffed animal watches over Linda Hanseler’s first grade classroom at Mint Valley Elementary School. The little bird perches directly under the room's carbon monoxide alarm, which kids have been learning about over the last week. Many of Hanseler’s students were eager to share their new knowledge about canaries and carbon monoxide with local firefighters Thursday during Fire Prevention Week.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2018 11:35:08 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:35:08 GMT

At least a dozen people displaced, two firefighters injured, following north Spokane house fire
Two firefighters were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries early Thursday morning after battling a house fire that quickly spread to other buildings. The fire happened near the intersection of Ruby and Sinto. Arriving crews found a house engulfed in flames and the fire spread to another house and a garage.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 6:41:52 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:41:52 GMT

City of Camas appeal of fine denied by Washington Department of Labor and Industries
It was a story of heroism. Back in February, two Camas-Washougal firefighters ran into a burning Washougal home and saved a man who was trapped inside and yelling for help. The two-man crew was praised for their decisive actions. "We're firefighters," said Adam Brice, the president of the East Clark Professional Firefighters, on March 9.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOIN-TV CBS 6
Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Seattle firefighters to wear bulletproof vests for their safety
Seattle firefighters have added a new piece of equipment to their trucks -- something they hope will keep them safer. The city has bought 14 bulletproof vests and helmets and have another 25 on order, according to the department. Chief Harold Scoggins said the job of firefighters has evolved, with potentially violent situations becoming more common.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2018 7:41:30 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018 02:41:30 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire makes Medic 7 – a two-man response unit – permanent
A successful pilot program last year has prompted the Spokane Valley Fire Department to permanently add an Alternative Response Unit to the department to respond to minor medical calls. A similar program is also in use by the Spokane Fire Department. The two-man crew on Medic 7 responds to lower priority calls that do not require a full crew or firefighting equipment, such as minor illnesses or falls.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 8:51:15 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:51:15 GMT

State health department opens investigation into nine Bellingham firefighters
The Washington State Department of Health is actively investigating nine members of the Bellingham Fire Department for their roles in the July 31 incident at Station 1 in which an intubation procedure was attempted on the body of a recently deceased patient. Health Department spokesperson Sharon Moysiuk said Wednesday in an email to The Bellingham Herald that the department “has nine active investigations concerning the fire/EMS intubation incident.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 5:56:17 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018 12:56:17 GMT

Structure losses to wildfire in Washington state nearly triple in 2018
Another active fire season is nearly over in Washington state, and once again there were plenty of lives, livelihoods and homes that found themselves in the path of nature’s fury. Since the number of seasonal wildfires began to increase in the 1990’s and more people have moved into areas at greater risk for fire, the number of structures lost to these fires has been consistently up-and-down.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2018 1:46:16 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:46:16 GMT

Marysville Regional Fire Authority agreement may be approved
Marysville and Fire District 12 officials hope to improve local fire and emergency services by forming a Regional Fire Authority. After years of negotiating city and fire district representatives are ready to submit a final proposal to the Marysville City Council and Fire District 12 commissioners. “Tonight we reached the last milestone in the plan and we have to take it back to the respective bodies for a vote,” said Martin McFalls, Fire Chief of the Marysville Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2018 1:09:23 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018 20:09:23 GMT

Multiple structures lost in Elmer City fire
Multiple structure were lost in a fire in Elmer City on Tuesday night, Okanogan County Emergency Management said. An accurate number of structures lost will soon be released, officials said. Officials said no injuries were reported and the Red Cross is on standby. The Coulee Dam Community Church is also helping anyone who has been affected by the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2018 10:35:58 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV
Posted on Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:35:58 GMT

Redmond police seek arsonist who is setting fires inside unlocked cars
Redmond police are searching for an arsonist who’s set more than half-a-dozen fires within the past week. Most of the fires were set inside parked vehicles, police said. All but one of the fires was out by the time the arsons were discovered. "I opened the window and smoke comes billowing out. Then you just kinda go into shock and start to process what you’re looking at," said victim Bryan Zembruski.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2018 12:37:54 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018 19:37:54 GMT

Burn pile turns into wildfire near Yakima
Wind fanned a homeowner’s burn pile into a 35-acre wildfire that threatened seven homes Tuesday afternoon. A resident told dispatchers that a fire in the 900 block of North Cottonwood Road had gone out of control around 11:40 a.m., said West Valley Fire Chief Nathan Craig. The man was trying to clean up his property by burning weeds and brush.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2018 5:44:23 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:44:23 GMT

Update: Bellingham officials meet with family of deceased man
Aurieona Ginn says her boyfriend “keeps up with The Bellingham Herald all the time,” tagging and sending her stories online that she might find interesting. But she never imagined the story link he sent her last week — one that reported about the Bellingham Fire Department performing multiple intubations on the body of a deceased patient on the floor of the Station 1 apparatus bay in late July — would be about her father, 52-year-old Bradley Ginn Sr.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2018 4:49:10 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018 23:49:10 GMT

Fire guts Rock Island home, displaces three residents
An early morning residential fire gutted a small home in Rock Island on Wednesday. The blaze was reported at 4:37 a.m. in the 200 block of Saunders Avenue. A dozen firefighters from Douglas County Fire District 1 and Chelan County Fire District 1 responded to find the house fully-involved when they arrived on scene.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2018 9:36:10 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Wed, 03 Oct 2018 16:36:10 GMT

Over $700K in grants to bring new apparatus, power cots, more firefighters for Arlington
The Arlington Fire Department, Camano Island Fire and Rescue, and North County Fire/EMS were awarded a $770,000 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant to replace 123 sets of self-contained breathing apparatus that have reached the end of their service life. The equipment is the face mask, tank and related gear worn by firefighters in the field that provides breathable air on a life-threatening fire and smoke-related call, or other hazardous situations.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2018 6:26:08 PM - SOURCE: Marysville Globe
Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018 01:26:08 GMT

Fire agencies take part in simulated house fire training in Benton County
According to the National Fire Protecting Agency most structure fires that Firefighters get called out to are house fires. Today Benton County Fire District practiced live fire training for exactly that. Fire agencies across the region received a fire training grant to buy live fire burn boxes that are meant to simulate a house fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2018 6:41:27 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018 01:41:27 GMT

Seattle: Firefighters working to rescue 150-foot boat sinking in Puget Sound
Firefighters and rescue crews have determined no one was on board a small wooden sailboat that is taking on water in Puget Sound. The vessel was spotted leaning far to its side about 150 feet off the 11000 block of Arroyo Beach Pl. SW, Seattle Fire officials said. After determining there was no one to rescue, firefighters have left the scene.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2018 8:31:01 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018 15:31:01 GMT

WDFW lifts fire restrictions for most of Eastern Washington
The recent spate of cooler temperatures and elevated humidity levels in Eastern Washington has led the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) to lift fire restrictions on many of the lands they manage there. According to the manager of WDFW’s Lands Division Cynthia Wikerson, the action is consistent with, and follows a similar lifting of restrictions by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is responsible for fire protection on many wildlife areas in the state.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2018 9:40:04 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018 16:40:04 GMT

Spokane Valley firefighters rescue driver and dog from car suspended in trees
On Sunday, Spokane Fire District 8 tweeted about an unusual extrication that took place on Saturday near Mica, just south of Spokane Valley. A car rolled off Highway 27 and became suspended in some trees. Firefighters successfully removed both the driver and the driver's dog from the vehicle The patient was transported to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2018 7:56:27 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 01 Oct 2018 02:56:27 GMT

Fire scorches, damages Kent home; no one is hurt
Firefighters from the Puget Sound and Renton regional fire authorities responded to and exinguished a house fire in the 11400 block of Southeast 217 Street on Saturday night. Neighbors first reported the fire around 9 p.m., which started in the covered walkway of the two-story house. The fire heavily damaged the front of the home, melting the siding and breaking out two windows.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2018 1:00:42 PM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Sun, 30 Sep 2018 20:00:42 GMT

Longview council honors firefighters', citizens' heroic act
The Longview City Council Thursday honored two off-duty firefighters and two citizens who saved the life of a Longview man after he had a heart attack while fishing. Later in the meeting, the council then voted to accept a grant that will help pay for three additional firefighters. Chris Wills, who is married to Longview Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Wills, was fishing on the Columbia River in the early morning on Aug.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2018 2:46:20 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 28 Sep 2018 21:46:20 GMT

Fire at rural Clark County home being investigated as crime
A Monday morning fire at an abandoned home in rural Clark County is being investigated as a crime. According to Deputy Clark County Fire Marshal Caleb Barnes, the fire in the area of Northeast 72nd Avenue and JR Anderson Road appears to have been started intentionally. Clark County Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched about 6 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2018 12:52:47 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 28 Sep 2018 19:52:47 GMT

6 hurt as semi jackknifes on I-5 in Tacoma, causing multi-vehicle wreck
A jackknifed semi truck snarled traffic late Sunday night on I-5 in Tacoma, injuring six and snarling overnight traffic for hours in the chaos. A semi driver traveling south on I-5 around 11:30 p.m. Sunday jackknifed, struck the barrier separating the two directions of traffic on I-5 near SR-16, and caused another semi driver to hit the barrier.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 01 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Washougal won’t add firefighters in 2019
The city of Washougal will not add funding for new firefighters in its 2019 budget. Washougal City Administrator David Scott said Tuesday the city simply cannot afford it. The decision puts a damper on a recent Camas proposal to add four firefighters to the Camas-Washougal Fire Department (CWFD) in 2019.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2018 1:08:15 PM - SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Posted on Thu, 27 Sep 2018 20:08:15 GMT

Bellingham’s practice of tube checking ‘is not how it happens’ elsewhere in state
Firefighters performing intubations on a recently deceased patient — inserting a tube-like device into their throat — isn’t standard practice in Whatcom County or elsewhere in Washington state. Intubation is a medical procedure aimed at helping a patient breathe, a treatment usually performed in the field when a patient’s heart has stopped.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2018 6:35:27 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald - metered site
Posted on Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:35:27 GMT

Follow Up: Arsonist Martin Pang released from prison, Seattle firefighters angered
“The recent news that Pang will be released from prison brings back painful memories for the department and the community,” Chief Harold Scoggins said in a statement. Kenny Stuart, president of the Seattle Firefighters’ union, said he and other firefighters will “never forget the service and sacrifice of these men.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2018 3:59:02 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 27 Sep 2018 22:59:02 GMT

Fire rips through Spokane home
A house caught fire Thursday night in the 1600 block of N. Ruby near the Ruby and Mission intersection. The fire was called in around 8:30 p.m. Thursday when a woman who lives at the home returned to the house and heard the smoke detector going off. She then saw the flames inside the home and flagged someone down to call 911.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2018 11:16:13 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Fri, 28 Sep 2018 06:16:13 GMT

Report finds long-standing training practice at Bellingham Fire Dept. led to intubation of dead man on floor
Bellingham Fire Department personnel made 15 training attempts to intubate a dead man as he lay in a body bag on the floor of the apparatus bay at Station 1, according to an investigation into the incident submitted Sept. 4 by a Seattle law group and released by the city Wednesday to The Bellingham Herald.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2018 6:18:32 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Thu, 27 Sep 2018 01:18:32 GMT

4 escape as fire burns 2-story home in Kent
Four family members managed to escape a two-alarm fire that heavily damaged their home in Kent early Thursday morning. Multiple witnesses called 911 around 4 a.m. reporting flames shooting from the home in the 26500 block of 115th Place SE, according to Kyle Ohashi with Puget Sound Fire. When firefighters arrived, they found the entire front of the home engulfed in flames, along with two burning cars in the driveway.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2018 5:41:56 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:41:56 GMT

Fire chief: help dangerously low in Pend Oreille County
Fire District 5 is in dire need of volunteers, according to the station's chief Jay Foster. "If nobody comes out and there's a fire, they ain't going to have no help. They ain't going to have no help for a long time," he said. The station currently has 11 volunteers, all on-call. Only seven are trained firefighters and even fewer are EMTs.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2018 12:08:55 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 27 Sep 2018 07:08:55 GMT

EMS Services, Part 1: Fate of patients is at stake; Grandview City Council to discuss ambulance service next month
A few weeks ago, the Grandview City Council was presented information about a proposal from the Sunnyside Fire Department ambulance service. The council members decided to seek more information before it makes a decision. At issue is which service is best for the community. Residents in Grandview were provided service by a private entity until 2000, when Prosser Memorial Hospital (now Prosser Memorial Health) stepped up in the wake of the private service shuttering its doors.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2018 1:10:24 PM - SOURCE: Sunnyside Sun News - Metered site
Posted on Wed, 26 Sep 2018 20:10:24 GMT

Fire burning off I-82 between Benton City and Prosser
Firefighters are battling a blaze off Interstate 82 between Prosser and Benton City. The fire is burning near Gibbons and Yakitat Road and thick smoke is affecting visibility on the freeway. Drivers should use extreme caution, according to West Benton Fire Rescue. Crews responded to the scene at about 2:40 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2018 3:45:43 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 26 Sep 2018 22:45:43 GMT

Martin Pang, who set fire that killed 4 Seattle firefighters, to be released from prison
Martin Pang, who set fire to a Seattle warehouse in 1995 in hopes of collecting an insurance payout — a blaze that killed four firefighters in the worst loss of life in the department’s history — will be released from prison on Thursday. Pang, now 62, set fire to a frozen-food warehouse owned by his parents in the Chinatown International District on Jan.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2018 5:37:13 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:37:13 GMT

Despite recent incidents, Bellingham officials remain confident in fire, police agencies
Bellingham city officials are confident that its emergency services can keep the public’s trust in the wake of several incidents involving first responders. The Bellingham Fire Department disclosed on Monday that a ranking officer resigned and another retired in the wake of “serious misconduct” regarding a late July incident in which a deceased patient’s body was used for an unauthorized training exercise.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2018 5:03:11 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:03:11 GMT

Clallam Fire Rescue 2 to buy equipment with $311,239 grant
Clallam County Fire Rescue 2 plans to purchase 46 state-of-the-art self-contained breathing apparatus air packs for firefighters using a $311,239 grant. The Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is part of the fiscal year 2017 AFG program.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2018 3:04:45 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 26 Sep 2018 10:04:45 GMT

Commercial fire damages Wenatchee building
This morning at 10:42, emergency officials responded to a commercial structure fire at 1028 South Columbia Street in Wenatchee. iFIBER ONE News was on scene only a few minutes after firefighters arrived to discover smoke emanating from the roof of the building. “The call came in as a commercial fire and first arriving units, the door was open and smoke was pouring out as well as coming out of the top vent, so we had a working fire for sure," said Chelan County Fire District 1 Deputy Chief Mike Burnett.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2018 4:50:16 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 25 Sep 2018 23:50:16 GMT

Fire causes $125,000 in damage to Olympia home
An attic fire damaged an Olympia home in the 200 block of San Mar Drive Northeast on Monday, according to the Olympia Fire Department. The fire is under investigation. Damage to the home is estimated at $125,000. No one was home at the time of the fire. Neighbors alerted fire crews about the presence of a family dog.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2018 11:29:19 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:29:19 GMT

Training on dead body ‘was neither normal nor acceptable,’ Bellingham fire chief says
One Bellingham Fire Department veteran officer retired and another resigned after an investigation revealed a deceased patient in July was taken to Fire Station 1 to await pick up from a funeral home and several department members, including a division chief and EMS captains, practiced multiple intubations on the body, according to information provided by City of Bellingham Communications Director Vanessa Blackburn.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 3:46:11 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:46:11 GMT

Cleverly takes over as deputy director of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management
Hannah Cleverly of Aberdeen is the new deputy director of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management. The County Commission unanimously approved her hiring by Sheriff Rick Scott at the commission’s Tuesday afternoon meeting. “I’m very excited to get going and hit the ground running,” Cleverly said. “I’m excited about the new role and where we’re going to go.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 1:09:19 PM - SOURCE: The Vidette
Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:09:19 GMT

Sunnyside Fire Department receives FEMA grant
The Sunnyside Fire Department has been awarded a $170,000 FEMA grant to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus for its personnel. According to Fire Chief Kenny Anderson, the new equipment, 24 apparatus, will bring the department one step closer to meeting its safety needs. “It brings us up to enter-operability,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2018 4:33:00 AM - SOURCE: Sunnyside Sun News
Posted on Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:33:00 GMT

Asotin County EMS reach is stretching agency budgets
The mounting costs of providing emergency medical services in rural Asotin County could lead to a new EMS levy proposal in places such as Anatone, Cloverland and the Snake River corridor. At Monday’s Asotin County Commission meeting, Lewiston Fire Chief Travis Myklebust and Asotin County Fire Chief Noel Hardin said first responders are getting more calls to areas outside the boundaries of the Asotin County Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lewiston Tribune
Posted on Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Woman arrested for arson for downtown Spokane apartment fire
A woman who neighbors suspected started an apartment fire in downtown Spokane Monday has been booked into the jail for 1st Degree Arson. Lisa Milliken was booked on the charge just after 3:00 Monday. Fire investigators say the fire at the apartment building at 2nd and Pine destroyed one unit and damaged another.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 6:01:27 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 25 Sep 2018 01:01:27 GMT

Massive 3-alarm fire burns Everett appliance store
A massive three-alarm fire burned an Everett appliance store Friday evening. The fire at the Judd & Black Appliance Store broke out just after 7:30 p.m., according to Steve Goforth with Everett Fire. Initial reports are it began in a dumpster and spread to the building, but as of midnight on Saturday, those reports appear to not be true.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 10:37:10 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sat, 22 Sep 2018 05:37:10 GMT

Burglary Reported At Randle Fire Department Substation
An unknown suspect broke into a Randle Fire Department substation within the last month, damaging a door, its frame and a fire department truck parked outside. According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, damage was estimated at around $250. Although a door was broken and someone may have gained entry, Fire District 14 Chief Jeff Jaques said there didn’t appear to be anything missing in the building.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Chronicle
Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

South Thurston Fire District Receives FEMA Grants
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently awarded a pair of grants worth more than $500,000 to South Thurston Fire & EMS, which serves Tenino among other locales. The larger of the two grants, a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant worth $478,904, will be allocated over four years towards recruiting, training and retaining volunteer firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 8:23:59 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 22 Sep 2018 03:23:59 GMT

Central Whidbey Island Fire hopes high-tech gadgets will entice, retain volunteers
Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue is not only geared up to fight fires, but now also has new gadgets to recruit and retain volunteers. Training Capt. Jerry Helm showed off his new purchases of items such as a tent, iPads, TV monitors, signs of all shapes and sizes and a trailer to carry it all in at a recent fire commissioners meeting.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 1:46:00 AM - SOURCE: Whidbey News-Times
Posted on Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:46:00 GMT

Fire burns offices, but spares Whatcom County soccer fields and concession stand
A good portion of the office building at the Phillips 66 Soccer Park north of Bellingham will likely have to be torn down and rebuilt after an early-morning fire Monday. At 6:06 a.m., Whatcom County Fire District No. 7 crews were called to a structure fire at 5238 Northwest Drive, and arrived to find the south end of the office building “pretty well involved in fire,” chief Larry Hoffman said.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 9:11:06 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:11:06 GMT

3-year-old's penny fund nets $11 for Spokane firefighters
A 3-year-old's donation to the Spokane Fire Department provides a sweet reminder that it's not always about what you give - but why. It began when Emerson Dennler-Lusco-Fisk found a penny. He told his mom, Christy Dennler-Lusco, that he wanted to donate it to the Spokane Fire Department. That request came as no surprise to Christy.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:41:09 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:41:09 GMT

Kennewick Fire Dept. awarded $2.3M SAFER grant for more firefighters
Kennewick Professional Firefighters announced on their Facebook page that the Kennewick Fire Department is one of the recipients of the SAFER Grant through FEMA. "What is the SAFER grant?" The Facebook page asked rhetorically, then explaining: "The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 5:59:26 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:59:26 GMT

Spokane Fire Department increases response size near homeless shelter after threats, vandalism
The Spokane Fire Department is changing how it answers calls after threats against on-duty firefighters going to help near a downtown homeless shelter. According to Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer, people have tagged equipment and threatened firefighters. "They've been armed by what we would identify as weapons, pipes and other methods of blunt force trauma," Schaeffer said.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 4:56:36 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:56:36 GMT

Skagit County Fire District 6 receives grant for fill station
Skagit County Fire District 6 will no longer have to rely on neighboring departments to fill its breathing apparatus tanks after receiving a $69,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. The money will be used to purchase an air compressor and filling station for the district’s self-contained breathing apparatus packs.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 2:39:56 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:39:56 GMT

Battle Ground man tried to save victim from fiery fatal crash
Steven Gorbet doesn’t know why he decided to try to rescue an apparently unconscious man stuck in a vehicle that veered off Interstate 5 on Tuesday night, hitting a tree and catching fire. Gorbet simply jumped into action. “I don’t know,” Gorbet said in a phone interview. “I just kind of did it.” The Battle Ground resident was southbound on the freeway shortly before midnight, headed home from a hunting trip in the Leavenworth area, when he noticed what he thought was a small brush fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:54:36 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:54:36 GMT

U.S. Army vet, Spokane firefighter running for mayor
Shawn Poole isn't a career politician. In fact, he calls himself a "working class, knuckle-dragging firefighter," who has spent his entire life as a public servant. "Civil servitude is about giving back to the community," said Poole. "And my entire adult life I've been a servant." Poole is running for mayor of Spokane.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 3:32:05 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:32:05 GMT

Explosions reported at commercial blaze in Kent
Puget Sound firefighters were on the scene of a commercial fire in the 22600 block of S. 228th St. in Kent early Thursday morning that caused major damage to a welding and fabrication shop. According to Puget Sound Fire's Twitter page, there were no injuries reported, but there was a propane tank burning on the outside of the building.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 4:56:19 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:56:19 GMT

Douglas County's Pangborn Memorial Airport provides home base for wildfire coordination
Wildfire coordination efforts for about half the state are based out of Pangborn Memorial Airport. “We take initial reports of fires and dispatch fire resources accordingly,” said Jim Duck, assistant center manager at the Central Washington Interagency Community Communications Center. It’s a cooperative effort of the Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Complex (U.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 2:18:43 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:18:43 GMT

Firefighting efforts winding down at Miriam Fire
Fire crews are settling in to monitor the Miriam Fire, which has burned near White Pass since July. Yakima County’s Office of Emergency Management has lifted evacuation orders for the area, including campgrounds on the shore of Clear Lake, because of recent rain and snow in the area, according to the U.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 12:43:00 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:43:00 GMT

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Board approves Norvin Collins as new chief
Excitement is heating up at San Juan Island Fire and Rescue in the wake of selecting a new fire chief. The board unanimously agreed to offer the job to Norvin Collins at a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18. After over 35 years with the department, San Juan Island Fire Chief Brad Creesy will retire at the end of October.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 4:25:02 AM - SOURCE: Journal of the San Juans
Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:25:02 GMT

Bridgeport-area house fire leaves two missing
A house fire on Old Highland Orchard Road east of Bridgeport destroyed a structure Sunday night, and two people thought to have been in the home were unaccounted for Monday morning. Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris said in a press release that two people were able to escape but the status of the two other people remained unknown.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 10:56:46 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:56:46 GMT

3-Year-Old Boy Burned In Yakima Kitchen Fire
A small child was injured in a house fire Tuesday night at a home in the 200 block of South 60th Avenue. Yakima Fire Department Capt. Jeff Pfaff says firefighters responded to the kitchen fire at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and when they arrived they found a 3-year-old boy who was suffering from burns to his lower body.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 5:38:31 AM - SOURCE: KIT 1280-AM & 99.3-FM
Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:38:31 GMT

Yakima firefighters, Greenway staff plan solutions for fires along pathway
It had the appearance of a typical wildfire. Firefighters in yellow-and-green protective gear worked to contain flames as they burned through brush and trees. They’d back off as dead trees started burning from the inside and began dropping limbs and parts of their trunks to the ground, raising clouds of ash and igniting fresh fires.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 11:36:49 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:36:49 GMT

Fire destroys 50 golf carts at Cedars at Dungeness
A fire consumed an estimated 50 golf carts and other course equipment early Sunday morning at The Cedars at Dungeness golf course, 1965 Woodcock Road. Eric Quitslund, an assistant chief with Clallam County Fire District 3, said district personnel responded to the golf course with two fire engines and three water tenders at 6:38 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 1:02:57 PM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:02:57 GMT

For Rural Communities, Wildfire Brings Economic Help, Hardships
For the Methow Valley, wildfire is a way of life. Over the years, rural communities here in North Central Washington have learned to live with the threat, tragedy and benefits of fire on the land. Coffee shops post the latest fire boundaries and evacuation updates. “Thank you, firefighters” posters hang from store windows.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 5:40:34 PM - SOURCE: news.opb
Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:40:34 GMT

Authorities make arrest in WSU fraternity arson investigation
On Sunday at 5:15 a.m., Pullman Fire responded to a fire at 845 NE C Street, the Theta Chi Fraternity on WSU's campus. Firefighters extinguished the fire, but the back deck, which was made of treated wood, was destroyed. Fire investigators discovered several attempted ignition points around the fraternity house.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 5:33:51 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:33:51 GMT

Update: Lithium ion batteries lead to scrap metal fire in Tacoma; experts say air quality issafe
Tacoma fire investigators say it was lithium ion batteries inside an electronic that caused a fire at Simon Metals early Monday morning. Investigators say spontaneous combustion of the batteries sparked the fire. The blaze erupted around 2 a.m. Monday in the bottom of a scrap pile and it took firefighters more than six hours to contain the flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 7:40:31 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Tue, 18 Sep 2018 02:40:31 GMT

Smoke warnings go out over 'controlled burns' in Eastern Washington
Fire smoke may soon cause problems east of the Cascades but this time it's on purpose. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be starting controlled burns on department land in five Eastern Washington counties to reduce the risk of wildfires next summer and enhance wildlife habitat. The burns will take place later this month or in early October.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 5:33:33 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:33:33 GMT

Two men pulled from Snohomish County lake after canoe flips
An afternoon of fishing took an unexpected turn for two friends Sunday. The men were in a canoe on Shadow Lake in Snohomish County when it flipped and they were tossed into the water around 5:30 p.m. "The water was freezing," said Kaelin Mack. Mack said he and his friend initially didn't think they needed help.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU 2
Posted on Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Whatcom house fire could have been much worse if neighbor hadn't heard smoke detector
Fire investigators are still determining what started a fire in a utility room that caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to a Deming home Sunday afternoon. Whatcom County Fire District 1 received a report of the structure fire at 4838 Deming Road Sunday afternoon after a neighbor reported hearing a smoke alarm and seeing smoke from vents on the roof of the house, District 1 Chief Mel Blankers said.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 1:24:02 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:24:02 GMT

Firefighters battle pesky scrap metal fire at Tacoma business
Firefighters have been busy trying to douse a fire that was burning a pile of scrap metal at a Tacoma metal yard. The fire at Simon Metals on E. River Street broke out around 2 a.m. and sent a billow of acrid smoke across the Tacoma tideflats that was visible from I-5. Firefighters got the blaze mostly knocked down about 45 minutes later, but the pile has been smoldering since and continues to belch out smoke into mid Monday morning as firefighters dismantled the pile to douse the hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 17 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Fire Commissioners support ballot measure to replace aging Snohomish County radio system
The South County Fire Board of Commissioners has unanimously approved a resolution supporting a ballot measure to fund replacement of the county’s aging 911 radio system. Snohomish County Proposition 1 will be on the ballot for county voters in the Nov. 6 general election and seeks a sales tax increase of one-tenth of one percent to replace the 20-year-old Snohomish County Emergency Radio System that firefighters, police and dispatchers use to communicate when responding to 911 calls.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2018 3:33:20 PM - SOURCE: MLTnews.com
Posted on Sat, 15 Sep 2018 22:33:20 GMT

Three people escape Yakima Greenway fire
Three people narrowly escaped getting caught in a fire Saturday afternoon on the Yakima Greenway. The people were inside a small encampment between trees when firefighters alerted them to the fire, said Yakima Fire Capt. Brandon Dormbush. Dormbush said the people were gathering their belongings and barely made it out, with 15-foot-tall flames close behind them.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2018 11:19:27 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 16 Sep 2018 06:19:27 GMT



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