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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Federal Way authorities release man arrested in Issaquah

January 19, 2010

NEW — 12:22 p.m. Jan. 19, 2010

Federal Way authorities released man arrested in Issaquah after police said the man had ties to a fatal shooting in Federal Way.

Federal Way Police released the 21-year-old man Monday, a day after the agency arrested him at Chopaka Apartments, 145 Newport Way N.W.

Officers arrested the man just after 5 p.m. Sunday, about 12 hours after Federal Way officers responded to a shooting at a house party. A fight had broken out in the yard outside the residence where the party was being held, and the altercation escalated into gunfire.

A man died at the scene from gunshot wounds. Medics transported another man to Harborview Medical Center with injuries; he survived.

Police arrest man linked to Federal Way shooting at Issaquah apartment complex

January 19, 2010

Federal Way Police arrested a man at a downtown Issaquah apartment complex Jan. 17 in connection with a fatal shooting in Federal Way.

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Police arrest man linked to Federal Way shooting at Issaquah apartment complex

January 17, 2010

UPDATED — 7:55 p.m. Jan. 17, 2010

Federal Way Police arrested a man at a downtown Issaquah apartment complex Sunday evening in connection with a fatal shooting in Federal Way.

Officer Raymond Bunk, the Federal Way Police Department spokesman, said the agency detained witnesses and other people involved in the case. Bunk said police did not believe the man arrested in Issaquah was the shooter.

“The person we believe is the shooter has not yet been arrested,” Bunk said Sunday night.

Officers arrested the man at Chopaka Apartments, 145 Newport Way N.W., just after 5 p.m.

Marisa Willis, a resident at the apartment complex, said she noticed the police presence at about 4:45 p.m. Willis then heard police call for the occupant in a nearby unit to come outside with hands raised. Officers had their weapons drawn and pointed at the apartment.

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