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Update: Truck fire at Mt Pleasant Cemetery was intentionally set

June 11th, 2013 by Laura

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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Cemetery Truck FireIn 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.

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Two alarm fire on Lower Queen Anne; 3 homes destroyed

April 1st, 2013 by Laura

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.

Photo credit: KING

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.

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Construction on New Fire Station 20 Begins in 2013 – It’ll Be Green & Sustainable

November 30th, 2012 by Laura

Back in 2006, then-Mayor Greg Nickels described the West Queen Anne Fire Station 20 at 3205 13th Ave W, as being “in the worst condition of the 33 stations in our system”, citing its inability to meet current code requirements or the daily needs of firefighters, as well as its unsuitability for seismic retrofitting. In 2009, a new site for Fire Station 20 was chosen by the City Council – 2800 15th Ave W.

The new site is comprised of four lots, 2 vacant lots and 2 commercial lots (boarded up and vacant), at the northeast corner of 15th Ave West and West Armor Street. It will become the new home of Fire Station 20 in 2014, serving Queen Anne, Interbay, Magnolia, Ballard, and north downtown. Fast forward to today, the design firm has been chosen and plans are in place with early drawings available. Construction on the new station begins in Spring 2013 with completion estimated for early Summer 2014. The construction budget will top out at $5.7 million, funded by the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy Program passed by voters in 2003.

The new Fire Station 20 won’t be your typical station – it’ll be an example of green infrastructure and the City’s new model of sustainable design. The City challenged the Fire Station 20 design team to create a building that meets the criteria for LEED Platinum certification, and adheres to guidelines outlined in the Architecture 2030 Challenge. Key impacts include reducing water usage by 40% and energy usage by 30% – with actual energy savings rising to 40-50% once the building is operational and running as planned.

The innovative green design elements include the following:

  • Terraced gardens along the north and east will provide a protected green area for native plants and a vegetable garden for the firefighters
  • Storm water runoff will be treated and filtered via systems as well as the garden’s vegetation
  • Two green roofs will support infiltration and evapotranspiration, provide additional softscape reducing heat-island effect, and provide a habitat for birds and insects
  • Ground source heat pumps will boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of the heating and cooling system
  • A rooftop solar panel array will provide all of the energy needed to heat the water used in the sinks and showers in the building, and store excess energy for use in the building.
  • All plumbing fixtures will be ultra-low flow, with toilets using 1.28 gallons per flush, versus the standard 3.5 gallons
  • Greywater from sinks, showers and laundry facilities will be collected, filtered, and reused on-site to flush toilets

The City and Design team want to use the new green, sustainable station as an educational opportunity to engage and inform people about how the project protects the environment, operates efficiently, and does so all in the space of 9,446 square feet. The site will be accessible to the public on three sides and the grade will allow people to see the solar panels and green roofs from above. The City is currently exploring public signage highlighting the sustainable features of the station and a flip-dot electronic signboard connected to the station’s control system.

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Firefighters ‘Fill the Boot’ for Jerry’s Kids in QA

July 22nd, 2011 by Thea

Seattle firefighters will be collecting donations during their annual “Fill the Boot” drive all over Seattle, as well as at Queen Anne ‘caffeine corner’ (the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Boston), today benefiting Jerry’s Kids, a fundraiser by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Queen Anne’s firefighters say they will be at caffeine corner for most of the day—they’re still on call, but will be collecting donations on and off between their regular duties.

“According to MDA, the Fill-the-Boot campaign has raised over $435 million nationally for those affected by muscle-deteriorating diseases. Last year, the Seattle Fire Department was the number-one department in Washington State, contributing over $105,000 to MDA’s Fill-the-Boot campaign,” SFD wrote on its Facebook page.

For more information on MDA and the work it does to fight muscular disease, check out the organization’s website.

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Happy Fourth of July, Queen Anne!

July 4th, 2011 by Thea

With warm weather in the forecast, it looks like it’s going to be a nice day. Combine that with tonight’s Independence Day festivities and it should be a fantastic Fourth.

Couple notes from the SPD and SFD to get you on your way today…

The Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department would like to remind the public that fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle.

The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited. Fireworks offenses are gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

Any fireworks-related fires or injuries should be reported directly to 911. Other fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011.

As a heads-up as to what’s open, what’s on and what’s not happening today…

  • CleanScapes garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling collections will be on normal schedule. The North Recycling and Disposal Station will be closed, but the South Recycling and Disposal Station will be open.
  • All Neighborhood Service Centers will be closed.
  • Metro Transit bus routes will be operating on a Sunday schedule.
  • Libraries will be closed. Book drops at the Queen Anne library will be open, but the one at the Central Library will be closed.
  • The post office will be closed and there will be no regular mail delivery.
  • The liquor store in Queen Anne (515 1st Ave N) will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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