A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Community raises more than $13,000 for Greenwood family that lost everything in house fire

December 17th, 2013 by Doree

The community has rallied around a Greenwood family of three that lost nearly everything in a house fire on Dec. 2. An online fund set up to help the family had an initial goal of raising $10,000. Today it stands at $12,334.

And Phinney Neighborhood Association Executive Director Lee Harper tells us that Winter Festival participants on Dec. 7-8 donated an additional $1,035 to help the family get back on their feet.

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Fund set up to help family that escaped fire at Greenwood home on Monday

December 5th, 2013 by Doree

Friends have set up a fund to help a family that lost their home and nearly everything in it in a Greenwood fire early Monday morning. Seattle Fire Department determined the fire was caused by an overheated electrical cord.

The online fund‘s goal is to raise $10,000 for the family, whose son attends Loyal Heights Elementary in Ballard. As of this afternoon, the fund had already raised more than $2,300.

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Overheated electrical cord causes Greenwood house fire early Monday

December 3rd, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Fire Department says an overheated electrical cord caused a large house fire in Greenwood early Monday morning.

From SFD’s Fire Line (which mistakenly called the area North Ballard):

December 2—An overheated exterior extension cord caused a fire at a home located in North Ballard this morning.

At 1:39 a.m. dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received a call reporting flames coming from a home located in the 9700 block of 1st Avenue NW. When Engine Company 31 arrived, they found heavy flames coming from the front porch of the 2-story home. The flames were threatening two homes on either side of the house. Due to the threatening flames, firefighters evacuated both homes on either side of the burning house.

The three occupants of the burning home had safely evacuated from their basement bedroom by the time firefighters arrived on scene. The occupants said the home’s working smoke detectors sounded alerting them to evacuate. Paramedics evaluated and treated the three patients for minor smoke inhalation. Medics and AMR transported the three patients, an adult male, an adult female and an elementary age boy to Harborview to be evaluated by doctors.

It took about 80 minutes to completely extinguish the flames Puget Sound Energy crews were called to secure the gas line to the home. Seattle City Light crews were called to turn off power to the house and the charged electrical lines lying in the front yard.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury while battling the fire. Medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Fire investigators determined an extension cord overheated igniting combustible materials beneath the front porch. The damage estimate is $300,000 to the structure and $150,000 to the contents.

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Fire damages new G & O Family Cyclery in Greenwood early Sunday

September 8th, 2013 by Doree

Fire damaged the not-yet-opened G & O Family Cyclery at 8417 Greenwood Ave. N. early Sunday morning.

Rachel sent us this photo.

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Seattle Fire tweeted the cause and damage estimate:

A fire this morning at 8417 Grnwood N caused 10K damage to a vacant store. No injuries. Fire accidental, caused by combustible rags.

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Roll out the block parties, Night Out Against Crime is today

August 5th, 2013 by Dale

Tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 6 is national Night Out, which means lots of street-closing block parties. Be careful driving and expect that you may have to take a few detours to get to your destination.

Here in Seattle, you have until noon today to register your event if you want to close your street to celebrate. Here are some Night Out FAQs, including tips on blocking your street.

“Night Out” is promoted by Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention. Their goal is to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support for anti-crime efforts and unite communities.

Put another way, you get to know your neighbors a bit better, chat about what’s happening in your neighborhood, eat too much food and perhaps enjoy a few beverages, all while standing in the middle of the street.

Cheers to your neighborhood!

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Compactor fire temporarily closes Goodwill store

July 1st, 2013 by Dale

The Ballard Goodwill Store, 6400 8th Ave. NW, is closed this evening due to a small fire in a dark blue trash compactor (partially visible in the open right hand doorway).


The fire was reported at 3:46 p.m. No one was injured. Firefighters were still on the scene two hours later when employees waiting outside were told to clean up their workspaces inside the store, then head home.


Store employees said they expected the store to open at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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Firefighters rescue dog from Greenwood house fire on Tuesday

June 26th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle firefighters rescued a dog from a house fire in Greenwood on Tuesday afternoon. From Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line:

A Greenwood basement fire is being called an accidental fire by Seattle Fire Investigators. The Seattle Fire Investigative Unit determined an unattended propane heater started a fire in the basement of a home located in the 8700 block of 2nd Avenue NW.

At 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday June 25th, dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting smoke coming from the basement of the 1-story home. Engine company 25 arrived and found smoke in the basement of the home. Firefighters made entry and completely extinguished the fire in 8 minutes.

The residents were not home at the time of the fire but firefighters did rescue a dog from the house.

Due to the extensive smoke and soot damage, the residents are staying at another location until the home can be thoroughly cleaned.

Investigators determined the propane heater ignited nearby plastic and cardboard combustible materials. The damage loss is $15,000 to the contents of the home and $5,000 to the structure.

There were no reported injuries.

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Fire response at apartment building on Greenwood and 71st, bus route 5 rerouted

March 5th, 2013 by Doree

Update Wednesday: You can see Seattle Fire’s official Fire Line post about the fire here.

Update 9:30 p.m.: Metro bus route 5 has returned to its normal route.

Update 8:45 p.m.: Seattle Fire Department Public Information Officer Kyle Moore tells us the fire was on a five-foot-square section of the roof, next to the street side, so multiple people saw flames and called 911. But he says the flames were only about three feet high, and the crew of Engine 21 “knocked the fire down in about 20 seconds.”

All of the residents were evacuated, but were allowed back in within about an hour, except the resident of the apartment building directly below the fire, along with his cat. The Red Cross is assisting him with a place to stay tonight, while crews clean up.

The cause was accidental, most likely caused by roofing work earlier in the day. The damage estimate is $20,000.

Moore says a fire engine will be stationed in front of the building all night, as a precaution. Fire crews will rotate on two-hour intervals.

Earlier: There’s a big Seattle Fire Department response to the four-story Greentree building at 7100 Greenwood Ave N. The call came in at 6:51 p.m. It appears the fire was on the roof. The building houses apartments plus three retail businesses on the ground floor.

Tom sent us this photo from the scene:


Metro has rerouted the number 5 off of Greenwood between North 67th 46th and 80th streets. Riders will need to walk to stops south of 67th 46th or north of 80th.

We just spoke with SFD Public Information Officer Kyle Moore, and he is on his way to the scene to get more information. We will update this post when we hear back from him.


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Fire at Jensen’s Smokehouse yesterday ruled accidental

January 3rd, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Fire Department investigators have determined that yesterday’s fire at Jensen’s Smokehouse, at 10520 Greenwood Ave. N., was accidental.

From SFD’s Fire Line:

The fire was caused by creosote buildup in ductwork which most likely was ignited by an operating generator and convection oven.

At 12:04 p.m. on Wednesday January 2, 2013, the first 911 call came in reporting a fire at a 2-story business located at 10500 block of Greenwood Avenue North. Northgate Ladder Company 5 arrived first to find smoke coming from the rear of the structure. The firefighters quickly extinguished the flames in the outside generator. The flames traveled through the building’s ductwork. It took just over a half-an-hour to completely knock down the fire.

The damage was limited to the ductwork and the roof of the building. The damage estimate is $40,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents.

There were no injuries.

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One dead in condo fire in Crown Hill

December 11th, 2012 by Doree

There was a massive Seattle Fire Department response to a apartment condo building at 8501 12th Ave. NW this evening.

According to the Seattle Fire Department Real Time 911 Dispatch, the call first came in at 7:35 p.m. Eleven minutes later, the fire department’s public information officer was called to the scene. And at 7:56 p.m., a fire department chaplain was called to the scene.

We have a call in to SFD and we will update this post when we know more.

Update 9:40 p.m.: We just heard from SFD PIO Kyle Moore, who tells us the flames were shooting eight feet from the front windows and across the deck of the second-floor unit when Engine 35 arrived on the scene. Firefighters kicked in the door and ran in with hoses, knocking the fire down in less than 5 minutes. The fire was contained to just one room of the condo.

Moore said firefighters found a man, who neighbors say was in his 40s, dead on a pull-out couch. His body was burned, but the King County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

The Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Squad was called in to investigate, which Moore said is normal procedure whenever there is a fatal fire. No one else was injured.

The four-story building on the northwest corner of 12th Avenue Northwest and NW 85th Street has 33 units. All residents were evacuated during the fire, but have since been let back in. Moore said the firefighters from Engine 35 did such a great job concentrating the water, that there was no water damage to any other units.

“We like to say that firefighters always do a great job, but three different chiefs told me that Engine Company 35 really did a great job,” he said.

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Fatal fire in Greenwood overnight

October 14th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Firefighters found a dead man inside a burning duplex in Greenwood early Sunday morning.

SFD Public Information Officer Kyle Moore tells me that firefighters arrived on the scene at North 105th Street and Greenwood Avenue North about 3:30 this morning. They found heavy black smoke pouring from a two-story duplex. When they opened the lower unit’s door, they found intense flames, and piles of combustible material all around the unit.

About 10 feet inside the door, they found the body of a man. Another man was found in the upstairs unit; he was treated for smoke inhalation.

It took firefighters 30 minutes to get the fire out. Moore says the bottom unit did not have a working smoke detector, and the battery had been taken out of the smoke detector in the upstairs unit.

Investigators determined the accidental fire was caused by a pinched electrical cord in the bedroom. Damage is estimated at $150,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents.

Moore says the King County Medical Examiner should have a cause of the man’s death on Monday.

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Major response to fire in home at 87th and Fremont

September 11th, 2012 by Doree

Update 7:30 p.m.: Seattle Fire Department Public Information Officer Kyle Moore tells us that the fire was caused by an electrical problem in the attic. The homeowner had been working on the roof just prior to the fire, but investigators couldn’t determine whether that work had anything to do with the electrical issue.

Engine 24, first on the scene, reported flames as high as 8-10 feet, and it took firefighters 30 minutes to knock down the fire.

The homeowner escaped without injury. The fire caused $50,000 in damage to the structure, and $20,000 to the contents.

Geoff sent us this closeup of firefighters on the roof.

Earlier: More than a dozen fire trucks and other emergency personnel vehicles are on the scene of a house fire at 706 N. 87th St. in Greenwood.

Our tipster Silver tells us scanner traffic indicates it’s likely confined to the attic.

Karl tweeted us this picture from the scene.

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