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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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."
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