Wall collapse injures Issaquah Highlands construction crew

August 28, 2012

Medics transported four construction workers to area hospitals the early afternoon of Aug. 24 after a wall at a residential construction site in the Issaquah Highlands fell and injured the men.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department crews responded to the 900 block of Third Court Northeast, a highlands neighborhood west of Highlands Drive Northeast, at about 1:15 p.m., after a wooden wall measuring about 16 feet by 20 feet collapsed onto the construction workers. The workers were attempting to lift the prefabricated wall into place.

EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said one man sustained “significant injuries” and had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center.

Medics transported the other men to nearby Swedish/Issaquah and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment of less-serious injuries.

Huffman did not have additional information about the workers’ conditions Aug. 24.

EFR sent aid cars and a fire truck to the scene, and the Bellevue Fire Department dispatched a medic unit.

The state Department of Labor & Industries is investigating the accident, per standard procedure.

Eastside Fire & Rescue experiences booming Fourth due to fireworks incidents

July 10, 2012

Fireworks-related incidents kept Eastside Fire & Rescue crews busy before, on and after Independence Day.

The incidents included a torched barn and a vehicle lost to a fireworks-related blaze. The agency did not report any injuries related to the mishaps.

The action started July 2 in downtown Issaquah at Front Street South and Newport Way Southwest, as firefighters responded to a smoke bomb at 9:40 p.m.

Just after midnight on the holiday, firefighters started the Fourth of July by responding to a garbage can fire started by a sparkler bomb at Southeast Belvedere Way and 266th Way Southeast in Sammamish.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue experiences booming Fourth due to fireworks incidents

July 6, 2012

NEW — 10:15 a.m. July 6, 2012

Fireworks-related incidents kept Eastside Fire & Rescue crews busy before, on and after Independence Day.

The incidents included a torched barn and a vehicle lost to a fireworks-related blaze. The agency did not report any injuries related to the incidents.

The action started Monday in downtown Issaquah at Front Street South and Newport Way Southwest, as firefighters responded to a smoke bomb at 9:40 p.m.

Just after midnight on the holiday, Wednesday, firefighters started the Fourth of July by responding to a garbage can fire started by a sparkler bomb at Southeast Belvedere Way and 266th Way Southeast in Sammamish.

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Firefighters rescue critically injured person after Squak Mountain fall

February 21, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2012

Firefighters rescued a person from Squak Mountain late Sunday, as winter weather battered the region.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department officials said the agencies rescued a person after he or she fell from a bridge on the Issaquah Alps peak. The person fell amid steep terrain and sustained critical injuries.

Crews assigned to the Bellevue Fire Department’s Medic 14 unit treated the person and then transported him or her to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. Officials did not release a name, gender or city of residence for the injured person.

The incident occurred the same day four people died in avalanches at Snoqualmie and Stevens passes.

Units from Engine 72, 83, Ladder 1, 73, Aid 71 and Battalion 71 also responded to the Squak Mountain call.

Firefighters extinguish flames at downtown apartment complex

September 13, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews snuffed out a blaze at the Chopaka Apartments clubhouse in downtown Issaquah early Aug. 30.

Firefighters responded to a report of a natural gas leak in the clubhouse at 145 Newport Way N.W. at 7:28 a.m.

The maintenance employee at the apartments said a gas leak occurred in the clubhouse, but firefighters investigated and determined the odor actually emanated from a fire still burning in some furniture. No gas leak existed.

Firefighters said smoke and heat damage had spread throughout the structure, but heat did not build enough to cause the flames to spread. The fire, starved for oxygen, had almost burned out.

Heat did build, however, to the point of melting plastic items inside the building and vent coverings on the roof.

Crews conducted salvage and overhaul operations. Firefighters also ventilated the building to ensure the flames had been extinguished.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the King County Fire Investigation Unit and the Issaquah Police Department.

EFR and Bellevue Fire Department units responded to the blaze.

Crews extinguish fire at downtown Chopaka Apartments

August 31, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews snuffed out a blaze at the Chopaka Apartments clubhouse in downtown Issaquah early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to a report of a natural gas leak in the clubhouse at 145 Newport Way N.W. at 7:28 a.m.

The maintenance employee at the apartments said a gas leak occurred in the clubhouse, but firefighters investigated and determined the odor actually emanated from a fire still burning in some furniture. No gas leak existed.

Firefighters said smoke and heat damage had spread throughout the structure, but heat did not build to cause the flames to spread. The fire, starved for oxygen, had almost burned out.

Heat did build to the point of melting plastic items inside the building and vent coverings on the roof.

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Biodiesel blaze destroys Cougar Mountain home

August 2, 2011

Fire roared through a Cougar Mountain home early July 31 after a backyard biodiesel kit started the blaze.

Just after 6 a.m., neighbors reported flames and smoke shooting from a house in the 17000 block of Southeast 60th Street, a tree-lined neighborhood between Cougar Mountain Zoo and Cougar Ridge Elementary School.

Firefighters converged on the home, and discovered barrels and other equipment used to manufacture biodiesel in the backyard. Investigators later pinpointed the biodiesel setup as the cause of the fire.

“The fire began in the middle of that process, outside of the home, and came into the home from there,” said Lt. Troy Donlin, a Bellevue Fire Department spokesman.

Flames roared through the ground floor and damaged the attic. The basement sustained water damage as firefighters extinguished the blaze. Donlin estimated the total damage at $400,000.

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Fire from biodiesel kit destroys Cougar Mountain home early Sunday

July 31, 2011

NEW — 1:15 p.m. July 31, 2011

Fire roared through a Cougar Mountain home early Sunday morning after a backyard biodiesel kit started the blaze.

Just after 6 a.m. Sunday, neighbors reported  flames and smoke shooting from a house in the 17000 block of Southeast 60th Street, a tree-lined neighborhood between Cougar Mountain Zoo and Cougar Ridge Elementary School.

Firefighters discovered barrels and other equipment used to manufacture biodiesel behind the home. Investigators later determined the biodiesel kit started the fire.

“The fire began in the middle of that process, outside of the home, and came into the home from there,” said Lt. Troy Donlin, a Bellevue Fire Department spokesman.

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Crash snarls morning commute for Issaquah motorists

July 20, 2011

NEW — 8:25 a.m. July 20, 2011

Expect delays on westbound Interstate 90 near Issaquah due to a multivehicle crash at 133rd Avenue Southeast.

The state Department of Transportation said a load spilled from a logging truck. The crash encompassed other vehicles as well.

Bellevue Fire Department and Washington State Patrol crews responded to the scene. The extent of the motorists’ injuries is unknown.

The traffic backup stretched from 150th Avenue Southeast in Bellevue to state Route 900 in Issaquah — about five miles of roadway — just after 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Eastbound traffic on the interstate is unaffected.

Blaze destroys Grand Ridge home

July 5, 2011

Fire destroyed a home on Grand Ridge near High Point on June 29, but neighbors managed to rescue dogs from the empty house as the blaze spread.

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters, plus aid units from the Bellevue and Fall City fire departments, responded just before noon after a neighbor reported flames and smoke shooting from the home. Motorists along Interstate 90 also called 911 to report the blaze.

Crews navigated steep, narrow roads to reach the empty house in the 6600 block of 282nd Avenue Southeast. The area lacks fire hydrants, prompting EFR to call a water tender, or tanker truck, to the scene. The tight conditions posed a challenge for firefighters.

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