SFD responds to two-alarm fire in Fremont

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Update:

According to our news partners at The Seattle Times, over 100 firefighters and 30 firefighting rigs were on site fighting the fire at the Asko Group Building on Tuesday afternoon.

SFD confirmed that the fire was extinguished at 3:15 p.m. after twelve workers were evacuated safely from the building. Nearby businesses were also evacuated and streets were closed in all directions surrounding the building.

As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon the cause of the fire was still under investigation. According to The Seattle Times, investigators are yet to go inside the building because of concerns about hazardous materials and the building’s strucutural integrity

Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries during the fire which took over an hour for SFD crews to control. No initial estimate of damage is available at this time.

Many My Ballard readers emailed in photos and videos of the Fremont fire. Click here to check out the photos on our Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of My Ballard reader Jeff. Video courtesy of My Ballard reader Chris.

Original Post:

According to tweets from The Seattle Fire Department, crews are currently responding to a two-alarm defensive fire in the Fremont area.

Firefighters are currently on the scene of the fire in a building in the 400 block of North 35th Street. According to their reports, heavy smoke and flames are coming from the building.

SFD warns drivers to prepare for traffic delays in the area.

My Ballard reader Steven emailed in the below photo of the fire in the distance as seen from Ballard.

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Check out the aerial photos taken from the KOMO News chopper below.

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Email your photos of the Fremont fire to tips@myballard.com. The My Ballard team will update readers with more information about the fire when it is known.

Free flu shot clinic open today at BHS

Seattle Public Schools has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide flu shot clinics for all students, staff, and their families at no charge with proof of current medical insurance.

Ballard High School will host a clinic this afternoon (Tuesday, September 30) from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single best protection from influenza is to receive a flu shot each year. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months old and over be vaccinated against the flu.

Today’s clinic will be open to all Seattle Public Schools children (4 years of age and older) and their families. Please note that students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. Click here to download the form.

All participants will be asked to provide their health insurance information (card) to receive an immunization. SVNA will electronically bill the insurance plan for your flu shot. They bill all insurance plans including Apple Health (Washington State Medicaid) plans. Flu shots are considered preventive care and are not subject to deductibles or co-pays which means no out-of-pocket expense for participants.

Click here to learn more about the SPS flu clinics.

Sound Transit to study rail link between Ballard and the Eastside

According to Seattle Subway, between now and December Sound Transit will study the costs and ridership potential for the Sand Point crossing rail link (see purple line in map below) that would connect Ballard to the Eastside.

Back in July, Seattle Subway advocated for Sound Transit to study a direct rail corridor connecting North Seattle to the Eastside. The Sand Point crossing rail option would link Ballard, Fremont, the U District, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Kirkland, Redmond and the Microsoft Campus.

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According to Seattle Subway, this rail link option offers time savings and ridership advantages over crossing a retrofitted 520. Through avoiding the south detour to a new Mountlake bridge required of the 520 option, the Sand Point crossing reportedly has potential to beat vehicle travel times at all hours of the day.

The study of the Sand Point crossing was previously undertaken in 1998, prior to the 520 replacement project. According to the study, the department concluded that a rail link in this corridor was a concept “to be further evaluated” and that service between the two urban centers “would clearly have good ridership potential.”

“This is a win for Seattle and the region. This means taking a serious look at a fast route between very high density residential and work areas—including the UW, Children’s, and Microsoft,” says Jonathan Hopkins, Seattle Subway’s political director.  “These areas already have an overwhelmed transit system and suffer from our region’s most clogged roadways.”

By December, the Sound Transit Board will have to decide which corridors to add to their Long Range Plan, referring to the routes that they would consider building in future as funding becomes available.

According to Seattle Subway, a survey of residents in the Sound Transit area showed that 85% of residents want transit options to expand in our city.

“Building sufficient transit makes it possible for companies to bring more jobs to the region, in addition to the 100,000 jobs that Sound Transit construction has directly created since it was formed,” says Hopkins.

The My Ballard team will keep readers updated with new developments as the study progresses.

Have you seen Radar the therapy dog?

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My Ballard reader Carolyn emailed in to report that her daughter’s therapy dog Radar is lost near the neighborhood.

Radar went missing on September 25th near 13th Ave W and W Nickerson St. Radar is a white chihuahua with black ears and is not wearing a collar. He is also very friendly and is micro chipped.

“Please help my daughter find her dog. He helps her with her depression and anxiety,” writes Carolyn.

If you have seen Radar contact Joanna at (206) 859-7077 or Carolyn at (206) 795-9599 or email cmhewitt1@gmail.com.

Magnolia Bridge and W Nickerson Street set for lane closures today

Lane closures will be in place today on the Magnolia Bridge and the 15th Ave West Interchange to provide access for maintenance work.

The closure on the Magnolia Bridge is taking place this morning, on the westbound, right-hand lane.  When work on the Magnolia Bridge is completed, expected by early afternoon, work will move to West Nickerson Street with a lift truck below the 15th Ave West interchange.

There will also be a lane closure on westbound Nickerson surface street to complete this work. Crews expect to complete the work before the afternoon rush hour.

Seattle Audubon seeks volunteers for elementary school program

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Seattle Audubon Society is currently looking for volunteers for their Finding Urban Nature (FUN) program. The program introduces 3rd and 4th graders to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat.

Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons. The four lessons in the fall and four more in the spring give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. The program serves elementary schools all over Seattle.

FUN relies on 120 volunteers to assist in delivering the program each year and organizers are seeking nearly 50 more volunteers to meet their needs for fall classes.

Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and/or fall and lead a group of four to six students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is required and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!

Applicants need to apply before October 2 to volunteer for the Fall program. Seattle Audubon provides all training, supplies, and support necessary to make volunteers successful leaders.

If you are interested in learning how you can get involved call or e-mail Christine Scheele, Education Manager, (206) 523-8243 ext. 19 or David Garcia, Education Program Assistant, (206) 523-8243 ext.11.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Audubon.

Noble Fir set to host “Pints for Parks” fundraiser this Wednesday

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The Noble Fir (5316 Ballard Ave NW) is set to host a “Pints for Parks” fundraiser this Wednesday, October 1, from 6:30 p.m. to close. For every pint sold, $1 will be donated the Washington State Parks Foundation.

“We decided to do this because we are passionate about the outdoors and wanted to contribute back to the community,” the owner Ellen Kelly tells us.

All are welcome to attend and support the non-profit that raises funds and advocates for our beautiful state parks