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Monday, October 23, 2017

Three Snohomish County fire departments seek levies to support emergency services

Three Snohomish County fire departments are seeking levies to support emergency services. District 8 in Lake Stevens and District 17 in Granite Falls are asking voters to approve emergency medical services levy lid lifts. District 25 in Oso is hoping to pass its first fire levy in 22 years. The measures will appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot. In Lake Stevens, the EMS levy would increase to 50 cents per $1,000 assessed property value. A similar levy was passed in 2000, but the rate has been reduced to 32 cents. The owner of a $300,000 home would pay $54 more a year, Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien said. The levy with the 18-cent lift would bring in an estimated $1.2 million. O’Brien said emergency calls have more than doubled since 2000. Many of those were medical-related.
Everett Herald - Metered Site

2 people rescued from balcony as fire guts Tacoma home

Two people had to be rescued from a second-floor balcony after fire broke out in their home overnight in Tacoma. Firefighters responded to the scene, in the 3900 block of Commencement Bay Drive, at around midnight Sunday after receiving reports of smoke and flames at a home there, Tacoma fire officials said. Two people were found trapped on a second-floor balcony. They were rescued by fire crews and taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Crews battled the blaze for over an hour. An investigation found that an electrical fire started in the basement furnace and spread from there, working its way up to the second floor through the interior of the home.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

Six people evacuated from adult care facility because of fire in Moxee

Six people were displaced because of a 3rd alarm fire that started in Moxee this morning. Units from all over the Yakima area responded to an adult care facility that lit up on the 11000 block of Postma Road. Lieutenant Keith Shrank with East Valley Fire Department, said firefighters were able to get the fire under control pretty quickly, but they had to call for help because of a lack of man power. “Some other neighboring districts are short on man power, so we needed to go to a third so I could get equipment here and get everything going,” he said. No one was injured and the Red Cross was also there to help the people that forced to evacuate.
KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima

Former JT’s Steak and Fishhouse restaurant in Longview damaged by fire

A building that once housed JT's Steak and Fishhouse in Longview suffered fire damage Saturday morning, according to Longview Fire Department officials. Battalion Chief Troy Buzalsky said firefighters were called to the 1200 block of 14th Avenue just after 7 a.m. after multiple calls came in describing "flames through the roof." However, according to Buzalsky, the exterior of the building was untouched. When crews entered the former steakhouse, they found heavy damage from smoke and flames. Eventually, firefighters located the fire in the building's kitchen area and extinguished it, Buzalsky said. He said crews had the fire under control by 7:37 a.m. No other buildings or nearby field spaces were damaged in the fire and no one was injured, Buzalsky said.
Longview Daily News

Spokane: Hillyard hit with another garage fire over the weekend

Spokane firefighters responded to another garage fire in Hillyard this weekend. Firefighters were called at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday to 3714 E. Princeton Ave., where they found a garage and shop area producing heavy smoke and fire, firefighters said in a news release. Crews spent about an hour controlling the fire in the 20-by-30-foot structure. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It’s estimated to have caused about $20,000 in damage. On Oct. 7, and again on Oct. 9, firefighters responded to garage fires in the Hillyard neighborhood. One of the fires on Oct. 9 spread to a home, heavily damaging it and displacing a family of three. After the first round of fires two weeks ago, Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the random acts of arson appeared unrelated to each other.
Spokane Spokesman-Review

Arlington firefighters return home from battling devastating California wildfires

A team of firefighters returned home to Arlington Friday night, after lending a hand in the dangerous and deadly California wildfires. Arlington fire fighters came back home in Engine 46 after fighting the California wildfires for five days. “Seeing the devastation, it was like 'wow, the stuff you see on TV is really happening,' and it’s really right in front of us,” said Captain Cary Stuart with the Arlington Fire Department. It’s the first time the fire fighters have answered the call to battle fires in California. “Pressure and you don’t know what’s going to happen next,” Stuart said. “Just an awesome feeling that you can be part of helping those people down there and making a difference."
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

Friday, October 20, 2017

"I think we would be dead," Kennewick woman shares survival story after serious house fire

Two Kennewick families are displaced after an early morning fire destroyed their homes. Action News was on scene and talked to a resident who said she feels lucky to be alive. "They just kept barking and I looked out the window and all I saw was orange,” Romelia Sanchez-Noyola said. “Then I ran outside and I saw fire." Around 3 a.m., Sanchez-Noyola said her dogs woke her up. She was met with flames right outside her bedroom window. Terrified, she rushed to call 911, and her husband ran outside to see what was happening. "Romey! Get the dogs! We need to get out of the house, the house caught on fire!" her husband called out to her.

Follow Up: Eastside Fire spent week helping California crews

Firefighters have been pushing themselves past exhaustion to make progress on California's deadly fires that have done so much destruction. More than 40 people were killed. About 5,700 homes and structures are gone. The images of the relentless fire that raged through wine country captured the attention of Eastside Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Dave McDaniel. "I've never seen anything like it in my career, and quite frankly, I don't think they have down there either," said McDaniel. When the battalion chief heard California needed help, he did not hesitate. "I was easily able to get 14 people to go," he said. By Friday morning, he had a crew of two dozen ready to roll. Eastside Fire supported burnout operations on the fire line and did whatever the California crews needed.

Yakima firefighters put out two stove top fires in the same hour

Firefighters are cautioning the public of kitchen fire hazards after Yakima Fire Department (YFD) crews recently put out two fires that started from an unattended stove top burner. Reports said the fire department received word of a kitchen fire around 12:40 p.m. Thursday at a motel in the 1900 block of N 1st Street. Fire crews said the smoke was coming from the door of one motel room upon arrival. The resident had tried to extinguish the fire himself, causing the oil and fire to spread rapidly in the kitchen. Fire officials said he was able to escape safely and used fire extinguishers from around the motel complex to slow the fire until crews arrived.
KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima

Washington gets REAL ID extension

Washington is among 17 states that have been granted a yearlong extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards. The state Department of Licensing announced the news Wednesday, and Department of Homeland Security's REAL ID website showing the current status of each state has been updated. The news comes a few weeks after the state had initially been notified that it was under a grace period through Jan. 22 as the federal government continued its review of states' progress. Now the state has an extension through Oct. 10, 2018.

Apartment fire displaces two Pasco families

Two Pasco families are displaced after a fire broke out in an apartment Friday morning. Fire crews were called to the scene of 19th Dr. and Jay St. around 6 a.m. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire. They say one of the apartments is completely damaged and the other suffered severe smoke and water damage. As the seasons start changing and we head into colder weather, fire fighters want to warn residents about home fire hazards this time of year. "It's that time of year we're going to have house fires, so this is the time to go around and do some general house cleaning,” said Pasco firefighter Ben Shearer.

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