Fire damages home near Carkeek, dogs missing

If you heard sirens in Crown Hill this morning, it was for this house fire in the 1200 block of 116th St., just to the north of Carkeek park. Firefighters were dispatched at 9:30 a.m.

The residents were not home at the time, but Seattle Fire says they’ve been unable to find two dogs that were believed to be inside. No word on the cause of the blaze.

Sunset Hill fire ruled intentional, arson unit at Seattle Police investigating

Fire investigators say the Friday night blaze that damaged Caffè Fiorè and Cocina Esperanza on 85th on Sunset Hill was intentionally set.

“Fire investigators determined the cause was from ignition of combustible materials on wooden chairs located on the outside of the building,” explained Seattle Fire this afternoon. “Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Unit is investigating.”

There have been no arrests.

Firefighters responded at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday and discovered flames showing from the exterior of the building. Within 10 minutes, the blaze was extinguished, according to Seattle Fire.

In a post on Facebook Saturday morning, Caffè Fiorè it was “set on fire last night by arsonists,” and the chef from Cocina Esperanza next door happened to be working at the time and called 911. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Caffè Fiorè took the brunt of the fire. Seattle Fire says the estimated damages are $130,000. We’ll keep you updated.

Arson suspected in overnight fire at Caffè Fiorè on Sunset Hill

Updated: The popular coffee hangout Caffè Fiorè on 85th was heavily damaged in a fire last night, and the business says arsonists are to blame.

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“Caffè Fiorè on Sunset Hill was set on fire last night by arsonists. We’re thankful that Marcos was at his restaurant at the time and was able to call the fire department, explains a post on Caffè Fiorè’s Facebook page. “Things could’ve been a lot worse.”

Marcos is the chef and owner of Cocina Esperanza in the same building, right next door (see below). Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Photos taken by Caffè Fiorè (above and below) show the aftermath.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead,” writes Michelle in the Fiorè Facebook post. “Thank you to the community who has stopped by this morning and been so supportive. We have the best neighbors.”

The call was dispatched at 11:28 p.m. last night. The Seattle Fire Department’s Arson and Bomb squad is investigating the blaze, reports KOMO TV, but fire investigators have not yet determined the cause. We’ll keep you updated.

Multiple boats destroyed in Shilshole Bay Marina fire


A fire that ripped through a boat house moored at the Shilshole Bay Marina just before 8 p.m. on Sunday destroyed as many as five boats and sent a visible plume of smoke throughout much of the Seattle area.

The Seattle Fire Department has confirmed that the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of improperly discarded rags that had been used for staining. The fire has been ruled accidental.

Damage loss is estimated at $4 million.


A house boat is currently on fire in the Shilshole Bay Marina.

Seattle Fire Department crews have responded and locals have posted videos on Twitter from the scene.

The My Ballard team will update this story with more information as soon as it is available.

2 boats destroyed by fire at Shilshole

Just after midnight, firefighters responded to Shilshole Bay Marina and discovered two vessels on fire several hundred feet down the M dock. They moved neighboring boats away from the fire, searched for any occupants and contended with windy conditions.
The fire was under control by 12:30, and one boat subsequently sank. Seattle Fire says there were no injuries. (Thanks Silver for the additional info! Photo by the Seattle Fire Department.)

SFD officers respond to fire at Woodland Park Zoo


SFD Firefighters were dispatched to respond to a fire at Woodland Park Zoo at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 15.

Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the Night Exhibit building, where Zoo staff had evacuated guests and had a plan to evacuate the animals.

The first arriving SFD units laid hose lines to the interior of the exhibit and to the main floor, quickly extinguishing the fire where it had initiated. Firefighters were also able to successfully contain and extinguish all extended flames in the attic by 4:30 p.m.

The Seattle Fire Department worked closely with Zoo employees to evacuate animals and coordinate a team that moved live animals during the process. Upon extinguishing the fire, Firefighters checked for hot spots and were on the scene until 7:30 a.m. on Friday, December 16, to monitor the area.

According to a report by our news partners at The Seattle Times, six small turtles are believed to be dead after the fire where they were hibernating for winter.

According to the zoo, the turtles were in the basement of The Night Exhibit, which formerly housed nocturnal animals, when the fire started around 3:15 p.m. No other animals are known to be hurt. Two firefighters were temporarily hospitalized for minor injuries. Zoo staff believe the turtles died but have been unable to get inside the building to confirm.

“Any loss of life is hard, but this loss is especially heartbreaking given the tireless work of our staff to evacuate all of the animals they could reach,” Woodland Park Zoo staff wrote in a blog post.

The turtles that are believed to have perished include two black-breasted leaf turtles, a male and a female, were 26 years old, according to zoo spokeswoman Gigi Allianic. Of the four Indochinese box turtles, two males were 16 years old; one male was 4 years old and the youngest, of undetermined sex, was 2 years old.

Unfortunately, Woodland Park Zoo staff have been unable to enter the building as of yet to confirm the state of the turtles as the building conditions remain too dangerous.

Two firefighters were injured in the incident, one with minor burns and the other from possible contact with an electrical panel while firefighting. Both were transported to Harborview Medical Center where they were treated and released.

Fire Investigation Unit members arrived to investigate the exhibit building designed to display nocturnal animals. However, due to structural instability and partial collapse, Fire Investigators were unable to determine a specific cause.

The damage of this incident is estimated at $1.5 million dollars.

The cause of the blaze continues to remain unknown.

SFD responds to fire at pair of local adult clubs


According to an article by KOMO News, Seattle Fire Department Officers responded to a fire at a pair of Ballard adult clubs that are housed in the one building at 8517 15th Avenue NW.

Crews were dispatched at approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning after they received reports of smoke and flames coming from Centerfolds and Stallions adult clubs.

The street was closed while firefighters fought the blaze, but it is again reopened.

No injuries were reported.

Electrical issue suspected cause of Swansons Nursery fire

Firefighters believe that an electrical issue may have been the cause of a small fire at Swansons Nursery (at 97th and 15th) in the early hours of Monday morning.

The SFD reports that flames caused damage to a section of the greenhouse.

“Fire broke through the glass of the greenhouse,” Deputy Chief Tom Walsh told Q13 Fox News. “It was extinguished pretty quickly. I would say about 15 minutes.”

Gas line break shuts down 36th through Fremont

Updated: N 36th. has reopened to traffic.

Earlier: You may have heard lots of sirens and a helicopter or two just after noon. It’s all for a gas line break in Fremont, and firefighters have shut down N. 36th St. in both directions near Palatine. They’ve also evacuated several buildings nearby as a precaution, and they ask that residents avoid the area.

Given the explosion in Greenwood last month, you can bet firefighters are being extra careful. There is a large response on scene.

We’ll update as we learn more…