Fire, explosion rocks Newcastle neighborhood

July 30, 2015

NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 30, 2015

Nerves were rattled, but no one was hurt, when a pickup truck loaded with compressed gas cylinders caught fire, setting off explosions in a Newcastle neighborhood Wednesday night.

Credit: Bellevue Fire Department A U-Haul rental pickup truck filled with compressed gas cylinders caught fire and erupted in a Newcastle neighborhood July 29.

Credit: Bellevue Fire Department
A U-Haul rental pickup truck filled with compressed gas cylinders caught fire and erupted in a Newcastle neighborhood July 29.

The fire spread to both the north and south side of the road in the 1800 block of Southeast 84th Street, damaging yards, a deck support post, fence, trailer and cedar tree, said Lt. Richard Burke, community liaison officer with the Bellevue Fire Department. Read more

Fire destroys Newcastle home

April 30, 2015

A fire destroyed a Newcastle home in the 10900 block of Southeast 66th Street on April 13.

All five tenants in the two-story rental home at the time escaped without injuries thanks, largely, to working smoke detectors that alerted some of the sleeping occupants, according to a Bellevue Fire Department news release.

Bellevue firefighters responded to a 911 call at about 8:15 p.m. When the first crews arrived, the house was engulfed in flames that could be seen from Interstate 405 and Mercer Island. Callers also reported hearing multiple explosions.

Investigators determined the fire started in a barbecue located on a porch on the north side of the house, said Lt. Richard Burke, community liaison officer with the Bellevue Fire Department. Read more

Bellevue Fire Department names new chief

April 2, 2015

Bellevue City Manager Brad Miyake appointed interim Fire Chief Mark Risen as the permanent fire chief, effective immediately, the city announced March 24.

Miyake promoted Risen to the interim position last June, following the retirement of former Fire Chief Mike Eisner. Since that time, Miyake said, Risen has continued to move the department forward, striving for excellence.

“Over the past year, Chief Risen has proven to be a steady commander. This is the type of leader a department with a stellar performance record — like ours — needs,” Miyake said. “I could not be more proud of what Chief Risen has been able to achieve.” Read more

Newcastle plans National Night Out events

July 31, 2014

Newcastle will join cities across the country to celebrate National Night Out Aug. 5.

The event aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals about neighborhoods organized against criminal activity.

National Night Out is celebrated with neighborhood block parties, often visited by local law enforcement.

The Donegal Park neighborhood event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E. Neighbors are encouraged to bring folding chairs and food for grilling on the park’s barbeque, said event coordinator Lorinda Ecklund. Read more

Massage Envy salutes community heroes

July 9, 2013

NEW — 2:05 p.m. July 9, 2013

Puget Sound-area Massage Envy centers will salute first responders with the “Thanking our Community Heroes” program beginning July 15.

During the five-day promotion, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians actively employed in the line of duty are invited to receive one free hourlong therapeutic massage session.

The free massage sessions are by appointment only and participants are encouraged to book as soon as possible as the spots fill up fast. Make a reservation by calling the Newcastle Massage Envy at 957-7979.

Each clinic will also host a teddy bear drive to collect cuddly friends to help comfort children in trauma situations. All teddy bears collected will be donated to fire stations, police stations and hospitals within the community. Donations must be brand new and no bigger than 12 inches. Read more

House fire causes more than $500,000 in damage

October 8, 2012

NEW — 9:25 p.m. Oct. 8, 2012

A residential fire in Newcastle destroyed a home, and damaged an adjacent property, on the afternoon of Oct. 6. The homes are located in the 8300 block of 128th Avenue Southeast.

Firefighters were called to the scene after a neighbor reported smoke and flames coming from the roof of the first house.

Personnel from Eastside Fire & Rescue and the Bellevue, Renton and Mercer Island fire departments arrived to heavy flames and smoke coming from the roof and the back of the house, said Lt. Troy Donlin, Bellevue Fire Department spokesman. Read more

Firefighters battle wildfire near The Golf Club at Newcastle

October 3, 2012

NEW — 12:25 a.m. Oct. 3, 2012

Firefighters from Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue and Duvall fire departments responded to a wildfire near The Golf Club at Newcastle at 6 p.m. on Oct. 2.

The fire was spotted by a pilot who relayed the information to an air traffic controller at the Renton Airport, said Lt. Troy Donlin, Bellevue Fire Department spokesman.

Initially, firefighters were not exactly sure where the fire was, but the approximate location of the response was at the corner of 154th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 83rd Court, according to Capt. Todd Dickerboom of the Bellevue Fire Department. Read more

Get free blood pressure, glucose screenings

May 3, 2012

The Bellevue Fire Department will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks during Heart Week.

Screenings will be from 10-11:30 a.m. May 5 and 8, and from 5:30-7 p.m. May 9, at the Coal Creek YMCA. The same services will be offered from 1:30-3 p.m. May 10 at the Newcastle City Hall in the Newcastle Professional Building.

During Heart Week, firefighters will provide screenings for high blood pressure or high blood glucose, which are associated with heart disease and diabetes.

Heart Week allows firefighters to help residents avoid or treat illnesses that are leading causes of death in the United States, and gives residents a chance to meet with firefighters in a nonemergency situation, according to the department.

Fire deparment to offer blood pressure, blood sugar checks in Newcastle

April 24, 2012

NEW — 5:10 p.m. April 24, 2012

The Bellevue Fire Department will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks during “Heart Week” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 5 and May 8 at the Coal Creek YMCA. It will also offer the same services from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 9 and the Coal Creek YMCA and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Newcastle City Hall in the Newcastle Professional Building.

During “Heart Week,” firefighters will provide screenings for high blood pressure or high blood glucose, which are associated with heart disease and diabetes.

Heart Week allows firefighters to help residents avoid or treat illnesses that are leading causes of death in the United States, and gives residents a chance to meet with firefighters in a non-emergency situation, according to the department.

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House fire causes $500,000 in damage

March 2, 2012

Contributed by the Bellevue Fire Department This Newcastle home, in the 6400 block of Lake Washington Boulevard Southeast, caught fire Feb. 3 after a stack of cardboard boxes were ignited by radiant heat from the home’s fireplace.

A residential fire in Newcastle destroyed a home the afternoon of Feb. 3 and sent one of the occupants to the hospital with minor burns.

The home is located in the 6400 block of Lake Washington Boulevard Southeast.

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