Celebrate Chanukah & local firefighters at free Sunday event

Chabad of Queen Anne is hosting a Chanukah public menorah lighting ceremony tomorrow, Sunday, December 25th at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N & Crockett St. In addition to the lighting ceremony, there will also be a tribute of appreciation for our local Queen Anne Fire Station No. 8.

The Queen Anne Seattle Fire Department lieutenant will be on hand to help with the lighting, and a fire truck will be on site for kids to explore. Plus, face painting, donuts and latkes, chocolate gelt, dreidels, and music.

The event starts at 5pm, and the first 50 people get glow in the dark menorah necklace! Plus, a raffle open to all for great Chanukah prizes.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend from local Seattle Fire Department Station No. 8

fire-station-8-sfdOur local Seattle Fire Department Station 8 firefighters celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday at the station on the corner of Warren Ave N & Lee St. Their families joined them in a traditional meal served at Station 8 – and, true to their service, they were called out 4 times during the meal.

If you heard sirens on Thanksgiving, that was our local firefighters busy at work and taking a break from their own turkey feast.

Jenn Kirkpatrick shared this photo of the celebration to share with readers (thanks, Jenn!). Her husband, Lieutenant Kirkpatrick, has been in the Seattle Fire Department for 25 years, and has been at Station 8 for the last 15 years. According to Lynn: “This is his home away from home.”

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Thank you to our local Seattle Fire Department Station 8 firefighters!

QACC Public Safety meeting on Monday hosts Seattle Fire Department Battalion Chief

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Future SFD Queen Anne Firefighter

The newly formed Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) Public Safety Committee will host a meeting this Monday, April 27th from 7pm to 8pm, at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St).

The meeting is the second for the new committee that focuses on community safety issues, and this month Seattle Fire Department Battalion Chief Geoff Wall will be the special guest. Wall oversees SFD for Queen Anne, Magnolia, Interbay, and Fremont. He’ll discuss the fire and rescue capabilities of SFD as well as any Queen Anne-specific issues.

The meeting is open to all, so if you’re interested in how SFD helps keep Queen Anne safe, join in the discussion on Monday night.

Early morning fire at apartment on Boston St

Boston FireIf you heard sirens around 3:20am this morning, it was a Seattle Fire Department response to an apartment fire at 118 Boston St.

The fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials, and caused $65,000 in damage to the building and $5,000 in damage to the apartment contents. No injuries were reported.

According to our SFD contact:

“Seattle Fire Investigators determined an early morning fire at Queen Anne apartment complex was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

At 3:21 a.m. firefighter were called to the 100 block of Boston Street for a report of thick smoke inside the 2-story apartment complex with a basement. When firefighters arrived they made forcible entry into a basement apartment and quickly extinguished a fire on a mattress. The occupant was not home at the time of the fire.

The residents evacuated out of the complex due to the heavy smoke. Firefighters used large fans to air all of the smoke out of the building. Crews used air monitoring equipment to make sure the air quality levels were safe to allow the residents back in the building.”

Update: Truck fire at Mt Pleasant Cemetery was intentionally set

UPDATE as of Wednesday: We received word this morning from SFD that investigators have determined the cause of the truck fire at Mt Pleasant Cemetery is incendiary, which means intentionally set. The truck damaged was a Ford F150 pick-up and the damage estimate is $3,600.

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In addition to seeing the real-time 911 report on an Upper Queen Anne fire this morning, we also got several reader tips on a fire at Mt Pleasant Cemetery. At the time, Seattle Fire Department was reporting a response to a car fire at 5th Ave W and W Raye St, but we had several Queen Anne resident witnesses who said it was in the cemetery.

We reached out to Seattle Fire Department to clear up any confusion, and they’ve responded to let us know the following:

“At 7:26 a.m. the Fire Alarm Center received several 911 calls regarding a possible car fire in the cemetery. Engine 20 arrived to find a truck fire in the cemetery that extended into a tree. It took about 15 minutes for firefighters to knock down the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.”

No one was injured, and neighboring residences are safe.

Two alarm fire on Lower Queen Anne; 3 homes destroyed

Update: as of 10am, Tuesday, April 2, Seattle Fire Department says cause of Lower Queen Anne fire was incendiary. Seattle Police Department arson bomb squad is investigating.

Update: as of 9:48pm, KING 5 is reporting that all 3 homes involved are destroyed. Streets around Warren, Roy and Valley are closed for now, and will be during the ensuing investigation. No one was injured in the fire.

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Firefighters are battling a 2 alarm fire on Lower Queen Anne in the 700 block of Warren Ave N. According to the Seattle Fire Department, 3 homes are involved in the fire, and the smoke is thick enough for them to warn people to stay away from the area.

SFD first responded to the incident 8:23pm with the latest dispatch at 9:15pm this evening. Per the realtime 911 site, the response site is a home at 714 Warren Ave N, no word from SFD on whether the home is a single family residence or duplex.

Additional photos are available at KING 5’s web site.