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Couch fires raise new concerns

October 4th, 2010 by master

Couch fires Saturday following UW victory. Photo by Lael Telles, The Daily

Student leaders at the UW plan to meet with police following the latest bonfire celebration.  After the Huskies knocked off USC on Saturday night,  at least three couches were set on fire in the median of NE 47th Street and 17th Ave NE.  About 200 people were on hand when police and fire crews arrived to put out the fires without incident.

“This isn’t something that’s just harmless fun, this time it seemed like that was the goal — to relive something that may have been fun in the past,” Interfraternity Council President Alec Maghami told our news partners at The Daily. “Ultimately, you’re placing people near an uncontrolled flame, and you’re doing that on public property. … It’s a big safety issue.”

The Seattle Fire Department says there will be an investigation and charges could range from reckless burning to arson.

During a power outage back in April, couches, mattresses and other belongings were burned at the same location.  You can read the full story by reporter Nick Visser in The Daily.

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Apartment fire ruled accidental

August 17th, 2010 by master

Fire broke out yesterday at the Campus View II apartments at 4328 7th Ave NE.  UDistrictDaily reader John snapped this photo and tells us it appears one unit was a loss and another one was damaged.  Seattle Fire officials say the blaze was caused by smoking materials that smoldered on a mattress.  Damage is estimated at $70,000.

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Community tours renovated Fire Station 17

August 14th, 2010 by master

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, community leaders, and residents celebrated the reopening of the U-District’s newly renovated Fire Station 17 today.  Neighbors also got the chance to tour the facility and meet the firefighters who work in our community.

The $11 million dollar renovation was funded by the fire and emergency response levy.   Station 17 has new bays for emergency vehicles, new firefighter quarters,  increased space for classroom instruction, and a new fire training tower (pictured below).

The building is LEED certified with rooftop solar panels (below) that heat the building’s hot water. 

There’s also a decontamination room (below) and separate areas for cleaning chemicals from equipment.

“The number one thing is the station is now seismically upgraded and allows us to respond after an earthquake,”  said Seattle Fire spokesperson Dana Vander Houwen.  “It’s also a facility with room to grow in the future.”

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U-District based crew recovers from deadly crash

August 2nd, 2010 by master

Two firefighter/paramedics from a unit based at U-District Fire Station 17 are recovering after a deadly weekend crash on I-5.  They were both transported to Harborview with non life-threatening injuries after a BMW hit a car and then slammed into the back of their medic unit.  Two people in the BMW died in the crash that happened around 2:45am Saturday on I-5 near Mercer Street.  We checked this morning, and both parademics have now been released from the hospital. 
Photo courtesy of KING 5.


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Medic One unit makes a move to U-District

July 26th, 2010 by master

The Seattle Fire Department is moving one of its Medic One units from Green Lake to the U-District’s Station 17.  There are only seven Medic One units in Seattle.  Our sister site My Green Lake reports fire officials felt Station 17 would be a better home for the medic unit, especially after Station 17 was remodeled with extra room.  Medic One units provide advanced life support and respond to approximately 28,000 Basic Life Support alarms and 25,000 Advanced Life Support alarms each year, as well as all working fires, hazardous materials and rescue responses across the city.  Thanks to Amy at My Green Lake.

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Facelift for Fire Station 17 complete

July 6th, 2010 by master

The U-District’s historic Fire Station 17 has just wrapped up a big renovation.  Crews recently moved back into the building on NE 50th Street after working out of a temporary location since late 2008.  The upgrades to the 1929 structure include an addition on the north side of the station to support Battalion 6, which will provide space for firefighting equipment and vehicles.  There’s also more space for classroom instruction, physical training, and an outside court for conducting drills. 

The project was paid for through funds from the Fire Facilities Levy. The public is invited to get a look inside when the renovated station is officially dedicated on Saturday, August 14 at noon.

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Another dumpster fire in U-District

June 16th, 2010 by master

Our friends at report another dumpster was torched this past weekend in the U-District.  It happened early Sunday in the 4200 block of 11th Ave NE, the same general area where other dumpster fires have broken out recently.  No one was hurt and there’s no word on whether this may be linked to all the other fires.  You can read more here.

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Fire sends one person to the hospital

May 11th, 2010 by master

One person was taken to the hospital when fire broke out last night (5/10) in the 4100 block of 12th Ave NE.  Seattle Fire officials tell UDistrictDaily that the cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and is blamed on improperly discarded smoking materials.  Damage to the building is estimated at $20,000.

We also asked Seattle Fire about any new developments in the torching of two cars in the U-District back in early March, one in the 700 block of NE 42nd Street and the other in the 4100 block of 11th Ave NE.  No new leads are reported.

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