Port of Seattle: Tent City under Magnolia Bridge

By reporter Steven Smalley

A recommendation by the Port of Seattle (POS), in conjunction with the City of Seattle and other community groups, is in process to locate Tent City 5 on Port property adjacent to the eastern side of the Magnolia bridge. Called the “Tsubota Property,” at 1601 15th Avenue West, the proposed encampment would be situated on the northwest corner of 15th and the bridge. 

The Port of Seattle Commission takes up the issue at its September 12 meeting. If approved the current tent city, made up of 70 residents, their small structures, and tents will move from its current location behind the Dravus QFC and relocate for up to two years, according to a POS website document.  

A public meeting in Magnolia is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 6 at the Magnolia Community Center at 5:30 p.m. The public can ask questions and make statements, according to a Port representative who spoke with Magnolia Voice.

For more information email: homelessness@seattle.gov

Two seriously injured in fire on Commodore

by Steven Smalley and Sara Willy

photos by Reporter Steven Smalley

Two welders were severely burned in a fuel tank explosion earlier this morning in the 3100 block of West Commodore Way. Fire crews rushed to the scene at about 11:30 a.m., and?upon arrival?found the fire had been extinguished by two other dry dock workers. Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department said?the employees used dry chemical fire extinguishers to put out the flames. The two had been?working on?a dry-docked 46-foot metal dredging boat when two nearby 80-gallon fuel tanks caught fire and exploded.??Moore said the force of the explosion was enough to propel one of the tanks?over a fence, and completely destroy the other tank.

?There were two explosions -one went, then another one went,? explains Joe?DeMaria, building maintenance employee and eyewitness to the event.? ?It? shocked me…even an hour later.? he continued. ?There were red and black
flames you could see 30 feet in the air,? on what he described as a ?tender??boat for underwater divers. In an outdoor fenced yard rented by a diving company, at least six workers were working on the vessel using gas-operated cutting equipment, according to?DeMaria.? He saw at least five fire trucks, two aid units, and six Seattle Police units?at the?scene.

The men were?transported to Harborview Medical Center.??One,?a 59-year-old male has?2nd and 3rd degree burns over 40 percent of his body. He was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The second, 33,?suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his body. He?was in serious condition, said Moore.

Seattle Fire Investigators have been called to the scene to determine the cause.

 

 

Interbay Haz-mat situation update

Update-? here’s video of the aftermath from today’s derailment and fuel spill.? (Footage courtesy of reporter Steven Smalley)

WA State Department of Ecology’s Media spokesperson, Larry Altose writes of this morning’s fuel spill in Interbay:

The state Department of Ecology (Ecology), U.S. Coast Guard, the? Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and BNSF Railway (BNSF)? are responding to an oil spill at the company’s railroad yard at Interbay in? Seattle.

BNSF has hired an environmental cleanup contractor, which? has begun to remove diesel fuel that is contained within drainage facilities at? the rail yard.? Ecology, the Coast Guard and SPU are overseeing the cleanup.

Some of the oil has entered the public sewer system, which flows? to the King County West Point Treatment Plant.? Plant operators are diverting? oil from incoming flows for temporary storage and disposal.? They also are? taking precautions to ensure uninterrupted treatment of normal wastewater.

A locomotive that derailed shortly after 8 a.m. today sustained? damage to a fuel tank.? All fuel in the nearly full 3,000-gallon capacity tank? emptied onto the ground.? The incident is under investigation. The contractor has placed oil cleanup and containment materials outside a? stormwater outfall pipe in Smith Cove, south of the rail yard, as a precaution. No oil has reached surface waters.

More information about the? spill will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

Seattle Fire responding to haz-mat near Ballard Bridge- new photos

 

Thanks to reporter Steve Smalley for photos.

More than a dozen Seattle Fire units were on scene of a haz-mat spill just south of the Ballard Bridge earlier this morning.

Kyle Moore with Seattle Fire says that a locomotive with no cars attached derailed and spilled 2000 gallons of diesel. The locomotive is currently upright and the fuel is contained to the drainage ditch. Seattle Fire has contacted the EPA.

 

Magnolia Voice is following this story and will post udates.

Interbay?s big dig

By reporter Steven Smalley

If you haven?t seen the huge?hole behind Red Mill Burgers off of Dravus Street, here is a glimpse?into the construction of the six-story building?which will?contain 236 living units, called the Interbay Apartments.

W.G. Clark Construction Company of Seattle is finishing up excavation work and is about to start pouring concrete. ?We?re doing well. It?s been pretty easy so far,??says Robert Fitzgerald, site foreman, who spoke with Magnolia Voice about their progress.
Adjacent to the Interbay Athletic Complex,? the building will?have some retail spaces on the bottom floor along with three levels of underground parking. Currently thirty construction workers are laboring on the site using heavy equipment and a towering yellow crane visible from around the neighborhood.
Apartments will be ready for occupation approximately June 2013.
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Photos by Steven Smalley

Interbay’s big dig

By reporter Steven Smalley

If you haven’t seen the huge hole behind Red Mill Burgers off of Dravus Street, here is a glimpse into the construction of the six-story building which will contain 236 living units, called the Interbay Apartments.

W.G. Clark Construction Company of Seattle is finishing up excavation work and is about to start pouring concrete. “We’re doing well. It’s been pretty easy so far,” says Robert Fitzgerald, site foreman, who spoke with Magnolia Voice about their progress.
Adjacent to the Interbay Athletic Complex,  the building will have some retail spaces on the bottom floor along with three levels of underground parking. Currently thirty construction workers are laboring on the site using heavy equipment and a towering yellow crane visible from around the neighborhood.
Apartments will be ready for occupation approximately June 2013.
 
 
Photos by Steven Smalley