House fire on Dibble Ave.

We heard sirens and smelled smoke at 11 p.m. last night, so I grabbed the camera and ran over to the 6700 block of Dibble Ave.

It was one of those nasty basement fires that was kicking out a ton of smoke, and it took firefighters a good half hour to knock it down. It doesn’t appear that anyone was injured, and it looked to me like nobody was home at the time.

Update: The Seattle Fire Department says a dog and a bunny perished in the fire, and five people are without a home. The Red Cross has been called to offer assistance to the family. They didn’t mention a cause of the fire, other to say it was “accidental” and started in the basement.

Crews to repave long stretch of 15th Ave.

Starting in March and stretching to October, the city of Seattle plans to repave 15th Avenue from the Ballard bridge to the Magnolia bridge. “This will be a minimally disruptive project,” said Connie Zimmerman, the project manager with the Department of Transportation. “Basically we’re grinding two inches of asphalt off and putting two inches of asphalt back on.” Let’s hope it’s minimally disruptive, because that could really throw a wrench into Ballard traffic.

Ballard girls sweep in San Diego

The undefeated Ballard High School girls basketball team keeps rolling. They won all three of their games at the Surf ‘N Slam tournament in San Diego, beating St. Mary’s from Berkeley in the title game, 47-44. Senior guard Evangeline Spracklin (pictured) had a game-high 24 points against Eastlake of Chula Vista, California. You can check the scores here.

‘Saturday House’ coming to Ballard

The Seattle Times profiled “Saturday House,” a cool weekly get-together in Sodo where people hang out and share ideas. The goal is to “recreate the feeling of kindergarten, where everyone has a project and stays for the day, learning in a free-form kind of way.” (Interestingly, most of the talk is about programming and design.) The Times says that some folks here in Ballard like the idea so much, they plan on replicating it “next year, with a focus on sustainability.” No word on who’s organizing it, but we’ll let you know when we find out.

A review of Tigertail

The bar-restaurant Tigertail has been open for a few weeks now (on 65th just east of 8th), so we decided to stop on in. Really, it’s not a restaurant, but a bar that serves small plates. We tasted many of them, from the braised beef short rib potstickers to the green tea and citrus satay. Good stuff, but not enough to fill us up (and as Scott adds in comments, a little pricey). From a bar perspective, the atmosphere is upscale, and they have a rather extensive sake list. And we dig the music. (Turns out, the people behind Tigertail are the former owners of Fallout Records and Box Pop.) So we’ll be back… after dinner.

More low snow on the way?

The forecast is calling for one to four inches of snow in Seattle today. It’s supposed to begin falling around sunrise, even at sea level. This one sounds a lot more significant than the Christmas Day dusting. If it happens, we’ll drive around the neighborhood, shoot some photos and post them right here.

Update at 9 a.m.: It’s not snowing yet here in Ballard. Although the forecast is still calling for one to two inches by midday or so.

Update at noon: Still no snow, but the TV meteorologists say it could still happen later this afternoon. Hmph.

Update at 8 p.m.: Not a flake. Fooled again!

New condo looks like ‘sprawling octopus’

The Northwest Design Review Board got its first look at Market Street Landing, an eight-story condo planned for the spot where the boarded-up Denny’s now stands. And they didn’t like it. The board criticized the design for lacking a Ballard character, especially since it would be located on the “gateway corner” to Ballard, on 15th and Market. It looks like a “sprawling octopus,” said the board’s chair. “I don’t see Ballard in there at all,” said another board member.

The board has asked for the developers to make some changes and come back for another review. Meanwhile, the battle still rages over whether the old Denny’s should be given a landmark status, which could threaten the project. Seattle’s Landmark Preservation Board meets on January 2nd to consider it.