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

Hazelwood students publish firefighter book

July 2, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy TJ Spencer (second from left), author of the ‘Nozzlehead’ book series, signs books at Hazelwood Elementary School June 16. Spencer collaborated with a class of first-graders to pen a student-authored book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead What Firefighters Do.’

By Christina Corrales-Toy
TJ Spencer (second from left), author of the ‘Nozzlehead’ book series, signs books at Hazelwood Elementary School June 16. Spencer collaborated with a class of first-graders to pen a student-authored book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead What Firefighters Do.’

First-graders in Kristen Schutter’s class at Hazelwood Elementary School are experts when it comes to the duties of a firefighter.

They know that firefighters save people, educate schools about fire safety and use a vast array of tools to keep people safe. Firefighters also work closely with police officers, and yes, they do rescue the occasional kitten out of a tree.

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Hazelwood authors release book

June 5, 2014

First-graders in Kristen Schutter’s class at Hazelwood Elementary School are now published authors.

The students recently worked with Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Tim Castner to write and illustrate a book about firefighters called “Nozzlehead: What Firefighters Do.”

The publishers and students will hold a book release and signing celebration from 4-5 p.m. June 16 in the school library, 7100 116th Ave. S.

The student’s words and illustrations capture a moment that provides readers an inside look into the world of firefighting in a very educational and endearing way.

Themes of the book include health, wellness, responsibility, compassion, teamwork, fellowship, understanding, order and a sense of community.

Hazelwood hosts first career fair

May 1, 2014

By Greg Farrar Above, at left, Chloe Brousseau, Hazelwood Elementary School first-grader, gets a huge kick out of wearing a child-sized set of bunker gear and holding a fire hose nozzle as Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Tim Castner adjusts her helmet on Career Day.

By Greg Farrar
Chloe Brousseau, Hazelwood Elementary School first-grader, gets a huge kick out of wearing a child-sized set of bunker gear and holding a fire hose nozzle as Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Tim Castner adjusts her helmet on Career Day.

The imaginary fire in the Hazelwood Elementary School cafeteria never stood a chance against first-grader Chloe Brousseau.

“Aww, in your face,” the aspiring firefighter shouted as she peeked out from an oversized helmet and brandished an impressive, yet waterless, fire hose.

Once her work was done, it appeared that Eastside Fire & Rescue found a new recruit at the school’s first career fair.

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