April 20th, 2016 by Doree
Mike V sent us photos of a house fire at North 67th Street and Palatine Avenue North this evening.
He said flames were shooting out of the west side of the house when firefighters arrived, but they were able to quickly extinguish them, but heavy smoke continued to come from that side of the house.
He said the owner got out of the house and is okay.
Thanks to Mike, Karl and Eva for sending photos and information!
Update Thursday 12 p.m.: From Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line Blog:
Palatine House Fire Ruled Accidental
Fire investigators determined the house fire on the 6500 block of Palatine Avenue North on April 20, 2016, was accidental. The fire was caused by overheated electrical wiring in the kitchen of the home.
At 6:19 p.m., fire dispatchers received multiple calls of a fire inside the home. Engine 21, arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the first floor of the two-story home with a basement. Firefighters immediately applied water on the fire and were able to knock the fire down from the sidewalk in front of the house. However, the fire was fought defensively due to the excess accumulation of materials inside the home. At 6:50 p.m., the Incident Commander determined it was safe for firefighters to enter the building and transitioned to an offensive approach. From inside the building, firefighters continued to fight the blaze that had extended to the second floor of the home. The fire was extinguished at 7:28 p.m. There were no injuries and the sole occupant of the home was on the sidewalk when firefighters arrived.
The total damage to the building and contents is estimated at 300,000 dollars.
Update Thursday 3 p.m.: Naydene, his next door neighbor, tells me that when the fire started, the homeowner knocked on her window and asked her to call 911. Some other neighbors, whom she had never met before, offered to hose down the side of her house to help keep it from catching fire. “This was a truly selfless and generous act for which I am very grateful,” Naydene told me by email.
Tags: fire, housefire, Seattle Fire Department
March 12th, 2016 by Doree
Greenwood Elementary School families who produced those “Show Greenwood Some Love” T-shirts sold more than 164 of them at The Ridge Pizza and Makeda & Mingus during last night’s Artwalk to raise $4,100 for the Greenwood Relief Fund to help businesses and neighbors affected by Wednesday’s explosion.
Remaining shirts — mostly larger adult and youth sizes — are for sale at Makeda, 153 N. 78th St. But organizers are putting in a second order that should arrive mid-week and will be for sale at Makeda and at other neighborhood businesses. We’ll let you know when and where.
Tags: explosion, fire, fundraiser, fundraising, Show Greenwood Some Love
March 11th, 2016 by Doree
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has set up a special webpage with resources and contact information for businesses, homeowners and renters affected by Wednesday’s natural gas explosion. That page will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.
You can also call their Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489.
Tags: Department of Neighborhoods, explosion, fire
March 11th, 2016 by Doree
If ever there was a weekend that Greenwood neighbors should be out and about in their neighborhood, this is it. The weather may not cooperate, but the monthly Art Up artwalk is still happening tonight, even at many of the businesses damaged by Wednesday’s explosion. Let’s show those businesses some love by eating at the restaurants, patronizing their businesses and buying art.
Earlier today, artist Faye Fontaine painted the plywood at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., to help advertise the Artwalk.
Check the Artwalk website for a list of participating businesses and artists, but keep in mind that that list was compiled before the explosion and we don’t know exactly who is participating as cleanup and repair efforts are ongoing. Many participating venues will have donation jars out to help affected businesses, and some are donating all or a portion of the night’s proceeds to relief efforts, including Urban Light Studios (part of Greenwood Collective at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 100) and Flying Bike Coop Brewery (8570 Greenwood Ave. N.)
Greenwood Elementary parents will be selling “Show Greenwood Some Love” T-shirts at The Ridge Pizza at 7217 Greenwood Ave. N. during the artwalk tonight. Parents donated the money to make the shirts, so all proceeds go to the relief fund. T-shirts are $25, cash or check only. Checks should be made out the Phinney Neighborhood Association, with Greenwood Relief Fund or Greenwood Love T-shirt in the memo.
The list of businesses and organizations holding fundraisers or collecting donations is long, far too long for us to list them all here. The Phinney Neighborhood Association is compiling a complete list, and is continually adding more, so please check that page for up-to-date information. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation through the PNA to the Greenwood Relief Fund.
Other events happening in the neighborhood this weekend:
Seattle Folklore Society presents internationally-acclaimed harpist Seumas Gagné (one of the founding members of the band Wicked Celts) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Brick Building. He’ll be joined by several local Celtic musicians. Tickets in advance are $16 general; $14 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price. All tickets are $2 more at the door.
Couth Buzzard is still hosting its full lineup of concerts this weekend: Pacific NW Folklore Society’s Drunken Maidens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Stew’s Folk Music Corner at 12 p.m. Saturday; Songwriters in Seattle with Tim Davidson, Dan Foster, Matthew Schumacher and Steve Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Evan’s Family Variety Show is hosting a special event from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center with internationally renowned magician Jeff McBride. The show is family-friendly, and there are also special events just for professional magicians. Tickets available online.
Tags: explosion, fire, fundraiser, fundraising
March 11th, 2016 by Doree
A large investigative team is sifting through debris today at the site of what used to be three well-known Greenwood businesses before they were destroyed by a natural gas explosion early Wednesday morning.
Half a dozen investigators in white hazmat suits work in the center and at right, while about a dozen firefighters confer in back at left.
Andy Wappler, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Puget Sound Energy, told me this morning at the explosion site that the investigation will look at three main things: The condition of the gas system, which includes everything from the gas line in the street to the condition of the meter set at the building; natural gas appliances inside the building, such as the furnace and water heater; and whether something could have happened to the gas system by a third party. For that, they’ll look at recent service calls in the area and maintenance records.
Investigators today are looking at each individual piece of debris to determine if it’s relevant. If not, it will be set aside and eventually carted away. Anything that might be relevant, such as a piece of gas line, the meter, water heater and furnace, “That’s what they’re going through the rubble trying to find,” Wappler said. “That is going to take a while.”
When they do find pieces of gas pipe, they’ll pump them up with pressurized air to determine if there’s a leak or weak spot, and look for any corrosion or impact to the pipe.
The explosion site and investigative equipment as seen from North 84th Street.
Wappler said investigators have already interviewed witnesses, including people who were still at The Angry Beaver tavern directly across the street at the time of the explosion, all firefighters at the scene, and transients who were in the area.
He said some people are worried that they don’t know how to shut off the gas to their house if they smell a leak, but he said, “In most cases you don’t want to. You want to leave and then call us. And leave without touching a light switch or using the phone. Leave, get a safe distance away and then call.”
Puget Sound Energy’s website has a page describing how to know if you have a natural gas leak and what to do.
As for how long this investigation might take, Wappler said, “It will take us as long as it takes to get it right.”
While our neighborhood was lucky that no one was seriously injured or killed, that doesn’t minimize its impact compared to other natural gas explosions.
“The reality is these are all significant. They’re never small,” Wappler said. “There are no insignificant gas explosions.”
Tags: Andy Wappler, explosion, fire, natural gas, Puget Sound Energy
March 10th, 2016 by Doree
Update Friday: Naked City Facebooked this today:
We blew twelve kegs of Greenwood Phoenix Golden Ale.
We raised $8125 in beer sales for the relief fund.
We raised $3474 in donations for the relief fund.
In total, we raised $11,599 in one day for the relief fund.
Love you all. Together, we are a phoenix.
Earlier: Naked City Brewery has been hosting a fundraiser all day today to support businesses destroyed and damaged in yesterday’s explosion. $1 from every pint of the specially brewed Greenwood Phoenix Golden Ale is going to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Greenwood Relief Fund.
At 8:30 p.m., the inside was completely packed, with people standing outside.
And more people were in the beer garden.
A number of other businesses are hosting fundraisers in the coming days. The PNA has a special web page with a long list of fundraisers and donation sites (some of those donation sites will match funds up to a certain amount). Many of the locations are in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, but others are in Ballard, Magnolia and throughout the rest of the city. As of tonight, there are nearly 30 fundraising opportunities, but please check the list often as they are adding to it continuously.
Tags: explosion, fire, fundraiser, fundraising, Naked City Brewery
March 10th, 2016 by Doree
One day after the devastating natural gas explosion in downtown Greenwood, the sidewalks were filled with neighbors taking pictures and taking stock of the damage. Greenwood Quick Stop, Mr. Gyros and Neptune Coffee were completely demolished in yesterday’s blast. G & O Family Cyclery, right next to Neptune, appears to be heavily damaged.
It’s almost a solid wall of plywood directly across from the blast site, with Hummus Café, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., The Angry Beaver, Seattle ReCreative, Chaco Canyon Organic Café and Rosewood Guitar losing all their windows.
While many businesses are back open today, even with plywood windows, Seattle ReCreative is shut down for the time being with an “Emergency Order — Hazardous: Limited Entry” sign tacked to where the front door would be.
With the street in front of the blast site from 84th to 85th streets fenced off, traffic is down to one lane in each direction. Vehicles were backed up all the way to 80th earlier this afternoon. Metro Route 5 is back running on Greenwood Avenue.
The south sidewalk is also closed on 85th Street from Greenwood Avenue to Gordito’s parking lot. Flint Creek restaurant lost many windows; Gordito’s lost all of them. Further west along 85th Street, windows are boarded up at Choice Tobacco, Fist Full of Metal Tattoo, The Cozy Nut Tavern, Rhea Healing Essentials and Squirrels Buy/Sell. Greenwood Vision’s front window is spider webbed with cracks.
Between 85th and 87th streets, many businesses lost some or all of their windows, including Chase Bank, Greenwood Family Dental Clinic, Frederick’s Beauty Salon, Phad Thai, La Conasudo Market, Razzi’s Pizzeria, Teachers Lounge, and the space that formerly housed Strokes Paint & Sip Studio. The Lodge Sports Grille lost some small windows above the large picture windows.
The blast seemed to create an uneven pattern of destruction. Greenwood Smile Dental between 83rd and 84th didn’t appear to have any broken windows, while Couth Buzzard directly to the north lost all their windows and the post office to the south lost most of their windows.
At noon, Theo Dzielak, owner of Couth Buzzard Books, was going around to all the businesses asking them to fill out forms to have the area declared a Disaster Zone. He had just returned from a meeting with the city’s Office of Economic Development, which said the declaration will enable businesses to qualify for special aid.
The Phinney Neighborhood Association is compiling a list of all businesses damaged by the explosion. We’ll post that as soon as they have it completed.
Tags: explosion, fire
March 10th, 2016 by Doree
Remember the heart that Greenwood Elementary School students formed on their playground yesterday morning after the devastating explosion on Greenwood Avenue that destroyed Mr. Gyros, Neptune Coffee and Greenwood Quick Stop? That was a direct result of a fundraiser that the school held just last month as part of their direct appeal campaign.
Greenwood dad and graphic designer Eric Junes designed a logo with a heart wrapped with a banner that says “Show Greenwood Some Love” and they decided to sell T-shirts to support the school. Nancy Junes, co-chair of the direct appeal campaign, told me this morning that after yesterday’s explosion, students formed themselves into a giant heart and parents quickly collected enough money to put in an initial order of 148 shirts that will arrive tomorrow. They’ll sell those during Friday night’s Artwalk and try to get them into many local businesses. T-shirts will cost $25 and all proceeds will go to the neighborhood relief fund.
“The original design didn’t have Greenwood Elementary on it, so when (the explosion) happened, we thought, this fits in perfectly,” Nancy Junes said. “We support our neighborhood.”
Update: There will be a T-shirt table at The Ridge Pizza during Friday’s artwalk, Shirts also will be available at Makeda & Mingus coffee shop, 153 N. 78th St. (and probably other locations, stay tuned). Cash or check only. Checks should be made out the Phinney Neighborhood Association, with Greenwood Relief Fund or Greenwood Love T-shirt in the memo.
Many other fundraisers are planned to help.
Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a special fundraiser all day today (Thursday). The fundraiser was originally scheduled for yesterday and intended to support Taproot Theatre, but that changed after the explosion. Naked City has renamed its special Taproot brew to Greenwood Phoenix Golden Ale, and all proceeds from the sale of that beer today will go to relief funds. The phoenix name is an homage to Greenwood rising from the ashes after the 2009 arson that destroyed four businesses on 85th Street. (The phoenix mural that covered that arson site was later moved to Naked City’s beer garden.)
Magic Magpie Studio henna artist Antoinette (a Greenwood resident) is hosting “Henna For Greenwood” from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at Makeda & Mingus, 153 N. 78th St. All proceeds will go to the relief fund, with Makeda & Mingus matching every penny.
Makeda & Mingus is also hosting “Words with Wine” from 5-9 p.m. Friday, where you can play scrabble, boggle or bananagrams, with all proceeds from purchases of wine or sangria going to the relief fund.
Lantern Brewing, 938 N. 95th St., is donating $1 from every pint and $2 from growler fills tonight.
The Phinney Neighborhood Association set up a special donation page. Donations are tax-deductible and 100% will go to help affected businesses. If you don’t want to donate online, checks can be made out to Phinney Neighborhood Association with “Greenwood disaster relief” in the memo and sent to: PNA – Greenwood Relief Fund, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103.
The PNA disaster relief page has an extensive list of businesses and organizations holding fundraisers, including Ballard breweries Reuben’s Brews, Populuxe Brewing, Stoup Brewing and Lucky Envelope Brewing; Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café, 208 NW 85th St.; Greenwood PT, 8750 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite S-1, which will match all donations given there up to $2,500; and many more, which are being added continually. Keep checking that page for updates.
The PNA also is selling 50 of its holiday monkeys to raise money for the relief fund. (The fundraiser was originally planned for the Greenwood Senior Center.) Monkeys are $300 (or more, if you’d like to donate extra); $200 of that is tax-deductible. Only 50 monkeys are available. Click here for more information on how to purchase a monkey.
Many of the businesses damaged in yesterday’s explosion are back open for business today, albeit with plywood for windows, including Chocolati Cafe, Couth Buzzard Books, Coyle’s Bakeshop, Chaco Canyon and Green Bean Coffeehouse (they didn’t suffer any damage but were closed yesterday as a precaution). We don’t have a complete list, so if you know of others, please let us know.
The explosion site is now fenced off while investigators and clean-up crews continue their work, but all the sidewalks elsewhere are back open.
Photo by PhinneyWood reader Chris Jarvis.
We will continue to update this post as we get more information on other fundraisers. If you know of others, please put a note below in Comments or email us at email@example.com.
Tags: explosion, fire
March 9th, 2016 by Doree
Seattle Fire Department investigators have ruled this morning’s natural gas explosion as accidental.
Here’s more from SFD Fire Line:
Seattle Fire Investigators have determined that the early morning explosion and resulting fire in Greenwood were accidental and caused by a natural gas leak on the exterior of the building.
Three businesses located in the building shared common walls and were leveled by the blast: Quick Stop Grocery at 8409 Greenwood Avenue North, Mr. Gyros at 8411 Greenwood Avenue North, and Neptune Coffee at 8415 Greenwood Avenue North.
Natural gas levels accumulated in the interior of the building to the extent that they ignited. Investigators were not able to pinpoint the source of ignition inside the structure.
The total damage to the building is estimated at three million dollars.
Tags: explosion, fire, Seattle Fire Department