tragedy Section

REMINDER: Fundraiser For Family Of Mick Kelly’s Manager Is Thursday

REMINDER: Fundraiser For Family Of Mick Kelly’s Manager Is Thursday

Just a reminder that there will be a benefit fundraiser this Thursday, May 6th at Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub for long-time manager Dermot Owens, whose son Shea died in a tragic car accident. All proceeds... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Memorial For Son Of Mick Kelly's Manager; Benefit Is May 6th

PHOTOS: Memorial For Son Of Mick Kelly's Manager; Benefit Is May 6th

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer When a spouse dies, the surviving partner is called a “widow” or “widower.” But what can one possibly call a parent whose young child dies a... [Read more]

Memorial For Des Moines Climber Luke Gullberg Is Sunday

Memorial For Des Moines Climber Luke Gullberg Is Sunday

A memorial for Luke T. Gullberg, the 26-year old Des Moines man who was killed on Oregon’s Mount Hood last week, will be this Sunday, Dec. 20th from 3pm to 6pm at Pacific Middle School, located... [Read more]

Memorial For Area Native Tom Pfaeffle Will Be Aug. 13th

Memorial For Area Native Tom Pfaeffle Will Be Aug. 13th

Area native Tom Pfaeffle, who was tragically shot and killed in July, will be memorialized on the evening of Thursday, August 13th at The Moore Theater in Seattle. Doors will open at 5pm, and everyone... [Read more]

One Year Ago Today, BTB Advertiser Airport/Burien Towing Was Changed Forever

One Year Ago Today, BTB Advertiser Airport/Burien Towing Was Changed Forever

One year ago today (July 24, 2008) BTB Advertiser Airport/Burien Towing was changed forever when owner Mark Storer, 51 and his son Brian, 24, were killed when their floatplane crashed near Lake Nahwatzel,... [Read more]

One Year Later, Investigation Continues Into Burien’s Fatal Apartment Arson Fire

One Year Later, Investigation Continues Into Burien’s Fatal Apartment Arson Fire

by Ralph Nichols

One year ago today, on June 29, 2008, not long after midnight, hell erupted in a very small place in Burien. At 12:42 a.m., a 911 dispatcher received the first alarm. Seconds later, someone inside the Tara Apartments, at SW 155th Street and 5th Ave SW, yelled “Fire!”

Flowers And Candles Mark Sad Anniversary At Burien Bar

Flowers And Candles Mark Sad Anniversary At Burien Bar

One year ago Wednesday (May 6th), Ben Laumea, a father of six, passed away from injuries he suffered after being shot in the head with an AK-47 at the then-MVP Sports Bar in Burien.

A BTB Reader emailed us, asking why flowers had been placed on the doorstep of the establishment, now called Twigg’s, so we went over and took these photos:

As you can see in the closeup photo, candles were lit in the shape of a heart on the porch, along with about eight flower bouquets…

61 Years Ago Today: Fatal Plane Crash At Sea-Tac Airport

61 Years Ago Today: Fatal Plane Crash At Sea-Tac Airport

61 years ago today – Nov. 30, 1947, at around 2:25pm – an Alaska Airlines airplane with 25 passengers and three crewmembers on board crashed while trying to land at Sea-Tac Airport, killing nine... [Read more]

Southcenter Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, Gunman At Large

Southcenter Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, Gunman At Large

A shooting inside Tukwila’s Westfield Southcenter Mall Saturday afternoon left one man dead and another seriously injured, the gunman still at large, and the mall locked down for a while before being... [Read more]

Burien Fire Victim Checks In With The B-Town Blog

Burien Fire Victim Checks In With The B-Town Blog

by Mark Neuman A refreshing phone call came in to the B-Town Blog offices from Burien fire victim David Baggott. You may recall that David, along with his wife Elizabeth, are among the more than two dozen... [Read more]

Message From Jared Storer About Family Memorial Service

Message From Jared Storer About Family Memorial Service

Jared Storer, son of Mark Storer and brother of Brian, both of whom died last week when their floatplane crashed, wrote the following message about yesterday’s memorial service on his blog last night: Thanks... [Read more]

Burien Towing’s Mark & Brian Storer Honored Today

Burien Towing’s Mark & Brian Storer Honored Today

TUKWILA – Burien Towing’s Mark and Brian Storer, killed last week when their floatplane crashed near Shelton, were honored today with a memorial service here. The procession was highlighted... [Read more]

Memorial For Former Local Firefighter Dan Packer Is Aug. 7th

Memorial For Former Local Firefighter Dan Packer Is Aug. 7th

Dan Packer, the East Pierce County Fire Chief who was tragically killed last Saturday while surveying a forest fire in Klamath National Forest in Northern California, once worked for the Burien/Normandy... [Read more]

Fund Set Up To Help Family Of Brian Storer

Fund Set Up To Help Family Of Brian Storer

According to Jared Storer’s blog, a fund has been set up to support the family of Brian Storer, who was killed last Thursday in a floatplane crash near Shelton along with his father, Mark. Brian... [Read more]

Memorial Service Planned For Mark & Brian Storer

Memorial Service Planned For Mark & Brian Storer

As we reported Friday, Burien Towing’s Mark Storer, 51, and his son Brian, 24, were killed in a floatplane crash near Shelton, WA. A memorial service for both has been scheduled for this Thursday,... [Read more]

Burien Towing’s Mark Storer & Son Killed In Plane Crash

Burien Towing’s Mark Storer & Son Killed In Plane Crash

SHELTON, WA ­- Burien Towing’s Mark Storer, 51 and his son Brian, 24, were killed Thursday when their floatplane crashed 10 miles west of Shelton. Investigators have not yet determined the cause... [Read more]

Burien Fire Apartment Victims Suing Landlord

Burien Fire Apartment Victims Suing Landlord

According to the Seattle P-I, members of a family that lived at the arson-burned Tara Apartments in Burien are suing their landlord, claiming they did little to prevent the fire that destroyed the building... [Read more]

UPDATE: Investigation Continues Into Fatal Apartment Fire

UPDATE: Investigation Continues Into Fatal Apartment Fire

Teams from the King County Fire Investigation Unit are scheduled to return this morning to the site of Sunday morning’s fatal fire that killed three, injured six and left over 30 homeless. Fire investigators... [Read more]

Photos Of Aftermath Of Fatal Apartment Fire

Photos Of Aftermath Of Fatal Apartment Fire

After manning our booth at today’s beautiful, hot final day of the Strawberry Festival, we took a very deep breath, then drove solemnly by the remnants of last night’s tragic, fatal fire (Burien’s... [Read more]