Fire Section

UPDATE: Police say that the fatal North Highline fire was caused by fireworks

UPDATE: Police say that the fatal North Highline fire was caused by fireworks

UPDATE July 8, 2019: The King County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Unit has determined that the fatal North Highline fire on the 4th of July was started by fireworks. Police said that it’s... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Victim of fatal two-house fire identified as Roland Kennedy, 70

FOLLOWUP: Victim of fatal two-house fire identified as Roland Kennedy, 70

On Friday, July 5, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim of Thursday night’s fatal two-house fire as Roland Kennedy, 70. The official cause of death was “toxic... [Read more]

Brush fire at Three Tree Point knocked down quickly Tuesday night

Brush fire at Three Tree Point knocked down quickly Tuesday night

Photos by Scott Schaefer A brush fire on SW 170th Street just north of Maplewild Ave SW was knocked down quickly Tuesday night, June 12, by the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department. Firefighters doused... [Read more]

VIDEO: Dramatic footage of tree fire on 1st Ave South in Burien

VIDEO: Dramatic footage of tree fire on 1st Ave South in Burien

Photo courtesy Candace Krull. A large tree caught fire on 1st Ave South on Wednesday, May 8, on 1st Ave S. between SW 168th and SW 170th Streets (map below). The fire most likely started at the bottom... [Read more]

Man pours gas, lights self on fire in White Center Wednesday morning

Man pours gas, lights self on fire in White Center Wednesday morning

From our sister site the White Center Blog: The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a man poured gasoline on himself, then lit himself on fire in the 10700 block of 16th Ave SW in White... [Read more]

Fire causes substantial damage to Jack-in-the-Box on SW 128th in Burien

Fire causes substantial damage to Jack-in-the-Box on SW 128th in Burien

Photo courtesy Alisha Turner. A fire caused substantial damage to the Jack-in-the-Box restaurant on SW 128th Street in Burien overnight. Officials say that the call came in around midnight Monday night,... [Read more]

UPDATE: Fatal fire in Burien Tuesday night caused by ‘smoking material’

UPDATE: Fatal fire in Burien Tuesday night caused by ‘smoking material’

This post was updated on Jan. 23, 2019 with new information from the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department: Photo courtesy Red Cross UPDATE: Firefighters from throughout south King County responded to a... [Read more]

VIDEO: Puget Sound Skills Center demos flammability of a Christmas tree

VIDEO: Puget Sound Skills Center demos flammability of a Christmas tree

On Friday, Dec. 14, Burien’s Puget Sound Skills Center hosted its annual Christmas tree burn demonstration for students and media. “The purpose is to show how quickly a tree can burn if not... [Read more]

Dumpster fire burns near apartments on Ambaum Blvd. SW Sunday evening

Dumpster fire burns near apartments on Ambaum Blvd. SW Sunday evening

The Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department responded to a dumpster fire in the 12300 block of Ambaum Blvd SW on Sunday night, Oct. 7, at around 6:52 p.m. Initially three engines were dispatched due to the... [Read more]

Large grass fire burns Southern Heights Park Monday afternoon

Large grass fire burns Southern Heights Park Monday afternoon

Three fire engines and a Battalion Chief were sent to a large grass fire at Southern Heights Park in north Burien Monday afternoon, July 9. Southern Heights Park, located at 12025 14th Avenue S. (map below),... [Read more]

VIDEO: Raw footage of Tuesday night’s barge fire on Duwamish River

VIDEO: Raw footage of Tuesday night’s barge fire on Duwamish River

By Scott Schaefer Around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday night, June 26, a huge plume of black smoke could be seen from the Burien area. The smoke was dark and dangerous looking, like a rogue, angry snake, slowly... [Read more]

Two arson fires set at Highline High School Monday morning

Two arson fires set at Highline High School Monday morning

Two separate arson fires were set at Highline High School Monday morning, March 19, according to Burien/ Normandy Park Fire Chief Mike Marrs. The fires were set a few hours apart in two different restrooms. Both... [Read more]

Multi-agency response to fire in Burien Thursday night

Multi-agency response to fire in Burien Thursday night

A fire requiring multi-agency response from at least five fire departments broke out in a Burien four-plex Thursday night (Jan. 18). Sources say that 25 firefighters from Burien/Normandy Park, North Highline,... [Read more]

UPDATE: Stage 1 Burn Ban lifted for King County

UPDATE: Stage 1 Burn Ban lifted for King County

UPDATE: The burn ban for King and Snohomish County is lifted, effective at 2 p.m. today, Monday, Dec. 11. The Stage 1 Burn Ban for Greater Pierce County continues. PREVIOUSLY: Due to sustained stagnant... [Read more]

Smoke visible in Burien from large apartment fire in SeaTac Friday afternoon

Smoke visible in Burien from large apartment fire in SeaTac Friday afternoon

If you’re wondering what the large plumes of smoke to the east of Burien are, it’s from a 3-alarm fire at the Carriage House Apartment complex at 3602 S. 180th Street in SeaTac Friday afternoon,... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Might we be done with smoky skies?

PHOTOS: Might we be done with smoky skies?

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos showing what may be the last of our smoky sunsets, as well as some other views from around Burien. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency seems to agree: “For... [Read more]

Elderly man rescued from large fire in Burien early Wednesday morning

Elderly man rescued from large fire in Burien early Wednesday morning

Photos courtesy Tatyana Kozodoy An 87-year old man was rescued from a fire early Wednesday morning (Sept. 6), which destroyed a 3-car garage in Burien before spreading to a nearby home. Units from North... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Ash from wildfires falls like snow in region, affecting even spider webs

PHOTOS: Ash from wildfires falls like snow in region, affecting even spider webs

On Tuesday (Sept. 5), you most likely noticed some very small white or gray stuff falling from the sky, covering your car and other outdoor items, as well as perhaps making you look like you had a major... [Read more]

Fireworks to blame for blaze at Ola Salon Tuesday night

Fireworks to blame for blaze at Ola Salon Tuesday night

Fireworks are to blame for a fire that burned part of a hedge Tuesday night (July 4) next to Ola Salon, located at 1835 SW 152nd Street in Burien (map below). There was no damage to the building, nor... [Read more]