House fire on Admiralty Way displaces mom and kids

A fire at a house north of Lynnwood left a family of five homeless. The fire was reported Sunday around 1:45 p.m. at a single-story house in the 16000 block of Admiralty Way. The residents — a woman and her four children, ages 1 to 13, safely escaped. The woman told firefighters she heard a…

Furniture too close to a heater sparks house fire

Investigators say a fire that heavily damaged a house at 198th and Damson Road was started by furniture too close to a heater. The fire broke out in the small house around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. No one was home at the time. Crews from Lynnwood and Fire Districts 1 and 7 had the flames out…

Local firefighter retiring after 34 years on the job

Ken Gibler, a firefighter with Fire District 1, is retiring after 34 years of service. A native of Edmonds, Gibler grew up going to the fire station with his father, who was a volunteer with Fire District 1. Ken’s younger brother was a battalion chief with Fire District 1 when Ken signed on in 1977….

Duplex fire caused by hot plate

A fire at a duplex north of Lynnwood Friday afternoon caused more than $120,000 damage. Neighbors called 911 around 12:15 p.m. to report flames coming from the back deck of the two-story duplex in the 15800 block of 52nd  Ave. W. By the time firefighters got there it had spread to the attic. No one…

Sixth arson in woods east of Lynnwood destroys treehouse

[mappress mapid=”61″] A fire destroyed a treehouse last night in the same wooded area east of Lynnwood where five brush fires were set last month. Neighbors in the 1100 block of 199th Street SW reported seeing flames just after 10:30 p.m. The fire was in a treehouse on a vacant lot next to a greenbelt….

Meeting tonight to focus on arson brush fires

Fire District 1 is inviting residents to a meeting tonight to talk about four brush fires that were intentionally set in a wooded greenbelt surrounded by homes east of Lynnwood. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Hilltop Fire Station 22 (20510 Damson Road.) Firefighters and an investigator from the Fire Marshal’s Office will talk…

House fire believed to be caused by termites

Fire crews had their hands full with a couple of fires over the weekend. Just after 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, firefighters responded to a fire in a split-entry home in the 15100 block of 45th Place W.  One end of the house and the attic were on fire when they arrived. Crews had it under…

Fire in dishwasher causes $13,000 damage

A fire in a dishwasher caused $13,000 damage to a unit in a four-plex north of Lynnwood Wednesday evening. A neighbor called 911 when she heard the smoke alarm coming from the unit next door in the 4300 block of 156th St. SW just before 6 p.m. Firefighters from Fire Station 10, just a few…

Fire District 1 appoints five new captains

Fire District 1 has promoted five new captains for stations around the Lynnwood area. (Fire District 1 provides fire service in the unincorporated parts of Lynnwood and sometimes assists Lynnwood firefighters.) John Dowling assigned to Mountlake Terrace Fire Station 19. Dowling was raised in Lynnwood and started his fire service career there in 1999 as…

Arson at abandoned home in Brier

A fire that broke out at an abandoned house in Brier yesterday has been ruled an arson. Neighbors called 911 at 5:48 p.m. to report smoke coming from the house in the 23700 block of 29th Ave. W. The house has been vacant since it was heavily damaged by a fire in March 2009. Smoke…

Update: cause of Friday morning’s house fire unknown

Investigators were unable to determine the cause of fire that destroyed a house in the 14700 block of Manor Way early this morning. It’s the second fire that’s struck this house since November. The loss is estimated at $575,000. The one-story home was being rebuilt after it was heavily damaged by a kitchen fire last…

Update: cause of Friday morning's house fire unknown

Investigators were unable to determine the cause of fire that destroyed a house in the 14700 block of Manor Way early this morning. It’s the second fire that’s struck this house since November. The loss is estimated at $575,000. The one-story home was being rebuilt after it was heavily damaged by a kitchen fire last…

Fire destroys a home for the second time

A fire destroyed a home north of Lynnwood early this morning, just as the family was rebuilding from another fire in November. The following details are from KIRO TV: The owner of the home in the 14700 block of Manor Way, Michael Fletcher, is a foster parent of three girls. Fletcher said that after the…

Firefighters working to keep local seniors healthy

Firefighters from Fire District 1 are using a grant to educate senior citizens on ways they can stay active and independent. This past weekend, they spoke to 30 older residents of Carriage Club Mobile Home Park north of Lynnwood on ways to prevent falls. “Every day our firefighters respond to emergency medical aid calls to…

Firefighters undergo realistic accident training

The accident scene was so realistic at times crews forgot it wasn’t the real thing. Firefighters from Fire District 1, along with those from nearby Fire District 7, recently completed training for an incident where a car went over an embankment with people trapped inside. “It was as close to real life as it could…

Ceremony planned for retiring fire captain

A retirement ceremony honoring Fire District 1 Capt. Andy Speier for 32 years of service is planned for next week at the Brier Fire Station (21206 Poplar Way.) Speier was born in New York and got his first exposure to firefighting as a student firefighter in Connecticut. He moved here after leading bicycle tours to…

Sisters escape house fire in unincorporated Lynnwood

[mappress mapid=”47″] Two sisters safely escaped a house fire east of Lynnwood after hearing the smoke alarm. The oldest girl, a teenager, reported the fire about 2 p.m. on Saturday at their two-story home in the 18900 block of 20th Place West. Smoke and flames were coming from the back of the house when firefighters…

New technical rescue unit could save lives after an earthquake

The Fire District 1 station at 196th Street SW and 84th Avenue West will soon be getting a new heavy rescue unit that could help save lives after an earthquake. “This new unit carries gear and equipment to aid firefighters in a wide range of rescue situations including structural collapses like we’ve seen in Japan,”…

House fire north of Lynnwood was arson

Investigators believe yesterday’s fire that caused more than $350,000 damage to a  house in unincorprated Lynnwood was arson. They also say some valuable items were stolen from the home before the fire was set. The homeowner, an elderly man, was at work when the fire was reported. The two-story house in the 14400 block of…

Fire causes $350,000 damage to house north of Lynnwood

[mappress mapid=”44″] A fire caused more than $350,000 damage to a house in unincorporated Lynnwood this morning. Neighbors and passersby called 9-1-1 around 11:20 a.m. after seeing smoke and flames coming from the two-story house at the end of a long driveway in the 14400 block of Madison Way. “When the first firefighters arrived, most…