Washington News

Friday, February 26, 2021

Auburn: Wrong-way driver kills another driver in fiery crash along SR-18

A driver heading the wrong way on SR-18 smashed head-on into another driver Thursday evening, resulting in a fiery crash that left the victim dead and the causing driver under arrest in a hospital. 911 dispatchers received multiple calls that an SUV was heading west in the eastbound lanes of SR-18 near Auburn just before 7:30 p.m., according to Trooper Rick Johnson with the Washington State Patrol. Moments later, the SUV collided head-on with a minivan near Auburn-Black Diamond Road, sending the minivan into a barrier and then onto its side where it burst into flames, Johnson said. Emergency crews rushed to the scene but found the driver of the minivan had died. The SUV driver was critically injured and was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Johnson says the 39-year-old man driving the SUV will be arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide. It's unclear why he was going to the wrong way nor how long he was on the highway before the crash.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle

Washington tests ShakeAlert warnings with mixed results

Washington took a big step Thursday toward a long-discussed earthquake early warning system by sending test alerts to mobile phones, but many people didn’t receive the messages. “This is why we test, so we have an idea of what we need to work on, what improvements we need to make,” said Maximilian Dixon, who heads geologic hazards for the state emergency management division. The ShakeAlert test via wireless emergency alert (WEA) was only available in King, Pierce and Thurston counties, and required people to opt-in. Next week, state officials will get survey results from people who clicked on a link within the alert. For a few minutes around the time of the 11 a.m. test, the website crashed. The results will report who got the test message, what kind of phone they used, their carrier, and how quickly the message arrived.
KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle

Feds seize 460,000 counterfeit N-95 masks heading to Seattle area

More than 460,000 counterfeit 3M N-95 surgical masks that were on their way to Puget Sound area first responders were intercepted by federal investigators, Homeland Security officials said. The masks are a critical tool used by health care providers and first responders to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne dangers. Seven local organizations had bought the masks, which were worth nearly $600,000 at list prices, but officials said many victim organizations have had to pay well over list price in competing for limited supplies. “Counterfeit surgical masks are a serious threat to the front-line personnel who rely on them as they bravely combat this pandemic. Ensuring the integrity of the PPE supply chain is of utmost importance,” said Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees Homeland Security operations in the Pacific Northwest. Earlier this month it was discovered hundreds of thousands of fake masks had been distributed to hospitals across the state.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Homeowner badly burned in Sequim blaze

A serious fire at a mobile home in Sequim Tuesday night left a man suffering with burns over 50% of his body and fire investigators unsure about the cause of the blaze. District 3 firefighters were dispatched around 9:30 pm to a structure fire in the 900 block of S. 3rd Avenue. That location also dispatches units from Carlsborg and Blyn. Callers on the scene reported hearing explosions coming from the fire and also told dispatchers that the occupant of the house had gotten himself out but was severely burned. A helicopter was immediately summoned from LifeFlight and the man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. District 3 Assistant Chief Dan Orr describes the effort to put out the blaze as “hard-fought” and says it took about an hour and a half to extinguish. Orr says investigators spent the day looking into what caused the fire.
KONP-AM 1450

Natural gas leak, underground fire cause evacuations in Seattle’s Central District

A natural gas leak and underground fire in Seattle’s Central District caused power outages and evacuations Wednesday. Chopper 7 was above the flames burning on the sidewalk in the 2700 block of East Cherry Street. The fire started after 11 a.m. Seattle Fire Department officials said the burning gas melted through asphalt. The evacuation zone was from East Columbia Street to East Jefferson Street, and from 27th Avenue to 29th Avenue. There were road closures for two blocks in all directions from East Cherry Street and MLK Jr. Way. Power was cut to 2,267 Seattle City Light customers. Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy crews worked to shut off the electricity and gas. Firefighters applied dry chemicals to knock down the fire.
KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle

Man found dead in Kent apartment by firefighters

A man was found dead in a Kent apartment after Puget Sound Fire responded to a fire at about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the 25900 block of 25th Lane South on the West Hill. Puget Sound Fire responded to an initial report of an odor in the building. Upon arrival, firefighters upgraded it to a structure fire response. Firefighters entered the apartment and found the smoldering fire had burned itself out, according to Puget Sound Fire. They also found one deceased occupant. Damage was limited to one apartment and a fire investigator ruled the cause as accidental. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet identified the man or a cause and manner of death.
Kent Reporter

Update: Fundraising Underway for Businesses Impacted by Bull Durham Fire in Cle Elum

PHOTO: The Cle Elum Downtown Association is raising money to help businesses impacted after a Saturday fire in the Bull Durham building. The three-alarm blaze severely damaged the historic structure which sits at the corner of Railroad and Oak Avenues. The fund raiser will help the seven businesses effected, all in the medical field in some capacity. Kittitas County Fire District 6 responded to the fire but received assistance after the additional alarms were necessary.
KPQ-AM 560

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