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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