Firefighters rescue cat from Klahanie blaze

January 29, 2013

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a Klahanie home late Jan. 23 and rescued a cat from the fire.

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded at 9:49 p.m. to a reported explosion and fire inside a garage in the 24200 block of Southeast 43rd Place, a Sammamish Plateau neighborhood about three miles northeast of downtown Issaquah.

Crews could see flames and smoke pouring from the garage upon arriving at the scene moments later. Firefighters protected nearby fire-prone areas and doused the blaze.

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Blaze damages Klahanie home; firefighters rescue cat

January 24, 2013

NEW — 10:20 a.m. Jan. 24, 2013

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a Klahanie home late Wednesday and rescued a cat from the fire.

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to a reported explosion and fire inside a garage in the 24200 block of Southeast 43rd Place at 9:49 p.m.

Crews could see flames and smoke pouring from the garage upon arriving at the scene moments later. Firefighters protected nearby fire-prone areas and doused the blaze.

Officials said the home was occupied as the fire started, and the homeowner suffered a minor injury as he or she attempted to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived.

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Fire destroys home, kills pets

January 8, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters survey the scene to check for any running utilities or hotspots Jan. 7, the day after a home at 24415 S.E. 156th St. was destroyed in a fire. By Greg Farrar

Fire destroyed a home in unincorporated King County south of Issaquah on Jan. 6, and the blaze claimed the homeowner’s pets.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety crews responded to a structure fire in the 24000 block of Southeast 156th Street, between Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Cedar Grove Road Southeast, and about six miles south of downtown Issaquah.

The initial 911 call reached dispatchers at 1:03 p.m. and crews arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later.

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Fire destroys rural home near Issaquah, kills pets

January 6, 2013

NEW — 10:35 p.m. Jan. 6, 2013

Fire destroyed a home in unincorporated King County south of Issaquah on Sunday and left the resident’s pets dead.

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a blaze at 24415 S.E. 156th St. after noon. The rural home is about a mile from the nearest fire hydrant, so firefighters needed to call in water tankers to help douse the flames.

Crews extinguished the blaze and searched the home for occupants. The house was unoccupied during the fire, and the homeowner returned to the scene as firefighters battled the flames.

The homeowner told firefighters two dogs and a cat inside the home likely perished in the fire.

Firefighters called a King County Fire Marshal Services investigator to the scene. The agency is investigating the cause of the blaze.

Fire damages Issaquah Highlands home

January 1, 2013

Firefighters responded to a house fire in the Issaquah Highlands just after 8 p.m. Dec. 27.

Eastside Fire & Rescue reached the empty home in the 1600 block of Northeast 24th Street at 8:22 p.m., five minutes after the call reached 911 dispatchers. Firefighters could see smoke and flames from the street, and worked to extinguish the fire in a second-floor bedroom and protect nearby residences.

Overall, eight units responded to the scene in the highlands neighborhood, and firefighters had the blaze under control by 8:43 p.m.

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Fire causes $30,000 in damage to Issaquah Highlands home

December 28, 2012

NEW — 11:20 a.m. Dec. 28, 2012

Firefighters responded to a house fire in the Issaquah Highlands just after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Eastside Fire & Rescue reached the empty home in the 1600 block of Northeast 24th Street at 8:22 p.m., five minutes after the call reached 911 dispatchers. Firefighters could see smoke and flames from the street, and worked to extinguish the fire in a second-floor bedroom and protect nearby residences.

Overall, eight units responded to the scene in the highlands neighborhood, and firefighters had the blaze under control by 8:43 p.m.

Firefighters estimated the damage at $30,000 overall — $20,000 for the structure and $10,000 for the contents damaged in the blaze. The fire did not cause any injuries.

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Fireworks restrictions remain in effect for New Year’s Eve

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

The regulations for fireworks vary in the Issaquah area, so residents should determine local rules before deciding to blast into 2013.

In Issaquah, a citywide fireworks ban remains in effect New Year’s Eve. Residents in rural and unincorporated King County can discharge fireworks from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. Jan. 1.

Officials remind residents to set off only approved and legal  fireworks purchased from reliable state- and King County Fire Marshal  Division-licensed retailers. Remember to obey fireworks regulations and practice fireworks safety.

In King County, fireworks  sales for New Year’s Eve celebrations remain legal from noon Dec. 27 to 11 p.m. Dec. 31. Patrons must be at least 16 years old and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

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Summertime burn bans expire as dry spell ends

October 23, 2012

State, King County and Eastside Fire & Rescue officials ended burn bans in recent days, as the wildfire risk declined after a long dry spell.

The state Department of Natural Resources ended a burn ban on agency-protected lands at midnight Oct. 15. The next day, the King County fire marshal lifted a burn ban for unincorporated King County.

EFR kept a burn ban in place until Oct. 20 for Issaquah and communities served by the agency.

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State, King County burn bans expire after long dry spell

October 18, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 18, 2012

State and King County fire officials ended burn bans in recent days, as the wildfire risk declined after a long dry spell.

The state Department of Natural Resources ended a burn ban on agency-protected lands at midnight Monday. The next day, the King County fire marshal lifted a burn ban for unincorporated King County.

Eastside Fire & Rescue is keeping a burn ban in place through Oct. 20 for Issaquah and communities served by the agency.

The state ban on outdoor burning applied to all Department of Natural Resources-protected public, private and tribal lands, including Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah.

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King County renames, reorganizes permitting agency

October 16, 2012

In response to a population decline in unincorporated King County, leaders renamed and reorganized the county permitting agency Sept. 17, as officials prepare to relocate the office from Renton to Snoqualmie.

In a unanimous decision, King County Council members approved a measure to reorganize the Department of Development and Environmental Services and rename the agency as the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review.

The responsibilities for the agency do not change with the reorganization and the name switch.

The department issues building and land-use permits for properties in unincorporated areas, such as Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston. The agency also enforces county land-use and building codes, staffs the King County Fire Marshal Division and issues business licenses.

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