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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Overnight blaze destroys Preston home before Christmas

December 27, 2011

Family escapes unharmed as firefighters battle flames, elements

Brian Jarvis, a firefighter with Eastside Fire & Rescue Engine 72, sprays water into a window of a burning Preston family home Dec. 22. By Eastside Fire & Rescue

Firefighters lost a battle against the elements early Dec. 22, and a predawn blaze left a Preston family homeless only days before Christmas.

The rural location along a tight, steep road less than a mile from Interstate 90 left firefighters little room to maneuver to combat the flames. The lack of fire hydrants in the neighborhood also limited firefighters’ options.

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FedEx driver spots house fire on Tiger Mountain

December 20, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters place one of the ladders used to reach the deck of a home on fire Dec. 16 in the 13300 block of 249th Avenue Southeast. By Greg Farrar

Smoke greeted a delivery truck driver making the rounds in a Tiger Mountain neighborhood just before Christmas.

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Blaze destroys barn near Issaquah

April 19, 2011

Flames destroyed a barn in a community six miles south of downtown Issaquah early April 14, but a pair of chickens roosting inside at the time escaped unharmed.

Firefighters battle a barn blaze in the Four Lakes community near Issaquah early April 14. By Debbie Berto

Firefighters extinguished the flames, although the structure collapsed in the blaze. The incident occurred just before dawn in the 24000 block of Southeast 167th Street in the Four Lakes community, off Cedar Grove Road Southeast.

Neighbors called 911 after seeing 30-foot flames leaping from the wooden structure just after 5 a.m.

Units from Eastside Fire & Rescue and Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety responded to the fire as news helicopters thudded overhead.

No injuries occurred as a result of the fire. The chickens — a hen and a rooster — escaped from a coop inside the burning structure.

“We opened the door, but they didn’t want to run out,” EFR Capt. Michael Geppert said. “We had to carry one out and shoo the other out while he was squawking at us.”

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Fire destroys barn in Four Lakes community near Issaquah

April 14, 2011

Firefighters battle a barn blaze in the Four Lakes community near Issaquah early Thursday. By Debbie Berto

NEW — 9:10 a.m. April 14, 2011

Flames destroyed a barn in the Four Lakes community south of Issaquah early Thursday morning, but a pair of chickens roosting inside at the time escaped unharmed.

Firefighters extinguished the flames, although the structure collapsed in the blaze. The incident occurred at about 5:30 a.m. in the 24000 block of Southeast 167th Street.

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Fire roars through woodpile at Cedar Grove Composting

August 18, 2009

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A compost fire at Cedar Grove Composting Aug. 17 is fought by a stream of water from a tank truck. Maple Valley Fire Department tankers, company trucks, bulldozers and backhoes also attacked the fire. By Greg Farrar

A fire at Cedar Grove Composting sent smoke billowing into the air early Aug. 17 as crews worked to contain a blaze that began in a woodpile.

Though firefighters quickly contained the blaze at the composting facility south of Issaquah, authorities said the heap could smolder for hours after flames were doused.

Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety crews responded to a report of a fire at about 5:45 a.m. Flames engulfed a compost pile and sent smoke billowing into the air. Firefighters contained the blaze within 45 minutes while news helicopters hovered overhead.

Maple Valley Fire Chief Larry Rude said the blaze was “very, very well contained” by 9:30 a.m.

Crews sealed the smoldering area beneath dirt and compost to starve the flames of oxygen. Rude said light winds and quick action by Cedar Grove employees prevented the fire from spreading. Read more

Cedar Grove Composting fire began in woodpile

August 17, 2009

UPDATED — 10:35 a.m. Aug. 18, 2009

Firefighters contained a blaze at a Cedar Grove Composting woodpile early Monday morning. Authorities monitored air quality near the facility south of Issaquah.

Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety Chief Larry Rude said the blaze was “very, very well contained” by 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Maple Valley fire crews responded to a report of a fire at about 5:45 a.m. Flames engulfed a woodpile and sent smoke billowing into the air. Firefighters contained the blaze within 45 minutes, while news helicopters hovered overhead.

By 9:30 a.m., crews were sealing the smoldering area with dirt and compost to starve the flames of oxygen. Rude said light winds and quick action by Cedar Grove employees prevented the fire from spreading.

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Crews are monitoring a smoldering compost heap at Cedar Grove Composting. — By Greg Farrar

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