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A basement fire here overnight; snow Thursday eve

December 7th, 2016 by Mike

Firefighters doused a blaze in the basement of a house in the 9200 block of 17th Avenue Northeast.

It was under control by 5 a.m. There were no injuries.

The Seattle Times has a story here.

Current thinking on Thursday’s anticipated snow is it won’t get here until evening, probably after the commute. The National Weather Service in Seattle is forecasting 1-3 inches locally, turning to rain before Friday morning.

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Arson victims thank neighbors for support

August 1st, 2015 by Mike

Victims of the arson fire here a week ago are thanking neighbors for their support, and plan to rent a Maple Leaf home to live in. (Thanks, Lisa, for the tip.)

The Gibbons family, which fled their burning home with only the clothes they were wearing, wrote on a gofundme page:

We, the Gibbons family, would like to give a huge heartfelt thank you to all those who have so generously donated. The support from family, friends and even strangers has been beyond incredible. We are so blessed to be part of such an amazing community. We have recently found a rental in the neighborhood and are looking forward to moving in and regaining some sense of normalcy. Thanks again for all of your support and well wishes.

In five days the campaign has raised $6,530 from 73 individual donations.

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Prayer service, collection Monday for fire victims

July 25th, 2015 by Mike

“There will be a prayer service on Monday, July 27th, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Parish across the street from the fires,” writes Maiya (and Erica) in comments on our earlier post.

“They will collect any cash donations for the families that the community would like to make as well as any written well-wishes for those affected. At this time the parish did not think the families needed clothing, food or other material items, but that could change in the coming weeks.”

Her information is coming from the church.

On Friday the Seattle Fire Department tweeted:

Yesterday’s fire on 8 Ave NE damaged 6 structures was determined to be intentionally set. $2.5 million loss. SPD is investigating.

More information on the Thursday morning fire, including photos, can be found on the fire department’s Fire Line here.

There is a standard $10,000 reward fund for information that helps solve arson fires.

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Overnight rollover crash blocks 15th Ave. N.E.

February 28th, 2015 by Mike

A rollover crash on 15th Avenue Northeast drew more than a dozen fire units to Maple Leaf overnight.

KOMO-TV reports: “An SUV sideswiped a parked truck, flipped over, and blocked traffic around 12:30 a.m.  Two people were inside the SUV, and one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.”

The accident occurred near the intersection with Northeast 91st Street.

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Fire near North Seattle College leaves two families homeless

January 13th, 2015 by Mike

Fire in a condominium complex this afternoon damaged two units so  severely that the occupants won’t be allowed to reoccupy their homes, Seattle firefighters said.

Emergency crews blocked Meridian Avenue southbound from Northeast 100th Street to Northeast Northgate Way, forcing students at North Seattle College to leave campus on Northeast 92 Street.

At 1:19 p.m. multiple 911 calls came into firefighter/dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames coming from the four-story building, which is located in the 10300 block of Meridian Avenue North.

Engine Company 31 arrived to find flames and smoke coming from a third floor balcony and a fourth floor unit. The first arriving company attacked the fire from the outside while hose lines were brought inside to fight the fire from the interior.

When crews arrived, the building’s fire alarms system was sounding and the sprinkler system was activated. Residents inside self-evacuated from the residential complex. No one was injured.

Both the 3rd floor and 4th floor fire units were searched and no occupants were found in either unit. Firefighters did find a deceased cat in one unit. It took 12 minutes to knock down the flames and nearly an hour to completely extinguish the charred combustibles inside the units.

Firefighters contained the fire to just two condos. Both units suffered extensive fire and smoke damage and residents will not be allowed to reoccupy these units. A third unit, on the second floor, suffered water damage.

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On the morning of July 5, a brush fire at the park

July 5th, 2014 by Mike

At 8:22 a.m. firefighters from Engine 16 were dispatched to a brush fire at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

The fire was on the park’s southeast side, roughly at Northeast 82nd Street and 14th Avenue Northeast. The smoke could be seen from anywhere in the park.

There was plenty of debris left from Friday night’s unofficial July 4th fireworks at the park, but the cause of the fire hadn’t been determined.

One firefighter said he did not find fireworks in the ashes, but speculated a cigarette butt might have started the smoldering blaze, which covered several feet yards.

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Shots fired here just after midnight near N.E. 94th?

June 3rd, 2014 by Mike

Two neighbors have emailed they thought they heard shots very early this morning.

One reports this from shortly after midnight: “Did anyone hear two loud bangs or gun shots, followed by sirens last night? Around Northeast 95th Street and First Avenue Northeast.”

The other report:

Last night, maybe at 12:15 a.m. I was drifting off to sleep (we live about halfway down on Northeast 94th Street off of Fifth Avenue Northeast where it dead-ends) and heard what sounded for all the world like a shotgun going off. After a short pause, another blast.

About five seconds later, a car peeling out, and that sounded a couple blocks away. After about three minutes, police sirens. Any idea what may have happened in our hood?

Not so far. Neither the police reports map nor the police and fire incident report map show any activity.

However, the real-time 911 website shows 16 fire units dispatched to First Avenue Northeast and N.E 94th about a quarter past midnight for a fire in a building.

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Emergency 9-1-1 lines down this morning

April 10th, 2014 by Mike

Afternoon update from our news partner The Seattle Times:

UPDATE: 1:20 p.m. |A team of CenturyLink technicians is investigating the cause of a hours-long interruption of 911 services across Washington early today.

“This is very serious. Our customers’ safety is our top priority,” said Jan Kampbell, CenturyLink’s spokeswoman for Western Washington.

The service interruption was detected about 1 a.m., and by 8 a.m., the company reported that service was fully restored to all 911 centers. During the interruption, some calls to 911 did go through to emergency services, but other calls got only a busy signal, Kampbell said.

Early reports linked the problem to a service interruption in Sheridan, Ore., but Kampbell said that was a separate and unrelated problem.

Update 7:52 a.m. King County says 9-1-1 restored.

Update 7:15 a.m. CenturyLink says 9-1-1 restored.


At 4:50 a.m. King County announced that the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch system is down in Oregon and Washington, including King County.

If you have an emergency and are unable to get through to 9-1-1, call the following phone numbers in King County for your location.

Seattle: 206-583-2111

From the Associated Press/Seattle Times:

Emergency 911 service is down in most of the state of Washington.

A spokeswoman for CenturyLink, Kerry Zimmer, says the problem began about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Sheridan, Ore., and Oregon was affected for a time.

She says the outage affects 911 dispatch centers throughout the state of Washington.

CenturyLink is working to find the cause of the problem and fix it.

At this time, there is no estimate for service restoration.

In the meantime, Zimmer recommends that people with an emergency try a 911 call from a cell phone, which sometimes works better than a land line.

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Neighbor reports misbehaving in Thornton Creek

March 31st, 2014 by Mike

We get reports from time to time of activities in Thornton Creek where it passes through Maple Leaf.

Most often they are about people cutting trees, or loitering.

Now we have one about fire starting.

Stephanie emails this morning:

I live on Eighth Avenue Northeast & Northeast 104th Street and there is a creek behind my house. I like to walk my dog through the trails on a regular basis. Last Wednesday I started walking him down when I saw a kid (potentially teenager) attempting to start a fire. As soon as he saw me he stomped on it and ran off. Just wanted to let people know who live around there to keep an eye out for kids & teens in the creek area that might be up to no good.

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Overnight fire at 4th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 81st St.

October 22nd, 2013 by Mike

At close to midnight, Mike emails us pictures and this note:

Fire appears to have started in the detached garage between two homes, just west of Fourth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 81st Street.

Both homes appear to have taken minimal damage (minus the garage, which was destroyed). As an observer, it was an extremely quick response by Seattle Fire and Police to this call.

As a neighbor and resident of Maple Leaf, it feels good to have the responsive support. Also, many thanks to the emergency responders each time they answer a call.

Thanks, Mike.

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