Photo by Shane Harms
Firefighters moved all material that caught fire to the street. Residents sifted through the charred pyre of their possessions after the frenzied conflagration.

Fire scorches apartment in Ballard; leaves residents without a home

April 6 -- At approximately 9:30 a.m., over 12 units and at least 40 Seattle Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at the Telemark Apartment complex (2850 N.W. 56th St.) in Ballard.

By the time SFD arrived the inferno was blasting out from a second story window. According to Battalion Chief, Paul Atwater, firefighters had trouble finding the unit that was burning when they first entered the building. He said that the heat and smoke were "intense." Once they found the unit, they were able to knock the fire back before the flames spread to other apartment units.

As a precaution, firefighters removed all material that caught fire to prevent smoldering and restarting the flame. Charred boots, books, clothing and a master's thesis smoldered in the pile.

Pyre of possessions
Photo by Shane Harms

In a fire such as this, SFD personnel remain at the scene for another 10 hours after the flame is extinguished to ensure it does not restart.

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Ballard Homes Featured on the 2014 NW Green Home Tour

The fourth annual Northwest Green Home Tour will be held April 26, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and Built Green, with generous support from Greenhome Solutions, the self-guided tour showcases local, sustainable, and green new homes, remodels, and energy retrofits in the Seattle area and beyond.

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Mayor Murray and Mike Stewart at Bastille Cafe April 1.

Ballard to receive $85 thousand from Only in Seattle Initiative

April 1 - Mayor Ed Murray joined neighborhood business district leaders and local business owners at Bastille Café to announce 18 neighborhood business districts will be receiving a $2 million investment as part of the Only in Seattle Initiative.

“This investment in neighborhood business districts is critical to our city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Healthy business districts equate to thriving businesses, stable jobs and overall success for our city.”

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