News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


House fire this afternoon in Maple Leaf (that’s what brought the helicopters)

May 25th, 2017 by Mike

Within the hour a house fire in Maple Leaf has brought firefighters – and TV helicopters – to the neighborhood.

The fire is at Northeast 94th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

Here’s a report from a neighbor on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf.

Update from KOMO. No injuries reported

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Collection, service tonight for arson victims, plus GoFundMe page

July 27th, 2015 by Mike

Update 5:30 p.m. The GoFundMe site is now a third of the way to the goal, at $3,310 in 31 individual donations.

We can’t make it to the service and collection tonight, but would appreciate comments from folks who do. Thanks.


A prayer service and funds collection for victims of last week’s arson fire will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, across the street from the fire.

In addition, a new GoFundMe site has been set up to raise $10,000 for one family affected by the blaze. At noon today it had taken in $2,200 from 15 donors.

In the early hours of Thursday, July 23, a fire broke out and overtook three homes in the NE Seattle neighborhood of Maple Leaf. One of the homes belonged to one of our very own St. Catherine’s families, the Gibbons Family.

Gratefully, all the members of the family and their beloved dog and pet lizard made it out safely, but their family’s home has been completely destroyed. The Gibbons Family left with literally nothing more than the clothes they wore when they left the house. Between the fire and water damage, not much has been salvageable.

With all of the offers for help, we felt that a focused effort, such as a GoFundMe page, would be the most efficient way for people to help the Gibbons Family, while allowing the family to use the resources in whatever ways suit their particular needs.

The GoFundMe page is here. The parish, which was also damaged by the fire,  is at 814 N.E. 85th St.

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Two-alarm house fire overnight here – neighbors want to help

July 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Update: In comments, below, neighbors are suggesting ways to help.

Gary posted this to our Facebook page, saying: “View from my deck. The flames were taller than St Catherine’s, I could feel the heat from my deck. Glad everybody was OK and not hurt! Craziest fire I’ve seen in a residential fire. Reminded of the night Reckless burnt down along with the rest of the shops next to Snappy.

About 100 firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire overnight on Eighth Avenue Northeast.

Eighth remains closed this morning between Northeast 88th and 85th streets.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has the story here.

Embers spewing from the fires also started a blaze at a garage across an alley from the three homes. The heat was so intense that it blew out five windows at The St. Catherine of Siena School across the street.

KOMO TV has a story here, saying four homes were damaged.

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Firefighters extinguish local house fire

November 12th, 2011 by Mike

Firefighters are wrapping up at the scene of a house fire in the 1200 block of Northeast 100th Street.

Fourteen units were dispatched on the call, beginning at 10:41 a.m.

No one appeared to be injured, and there was not extensive damage visible at the home.

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