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- Big tree down: A large tree rooted in rain-soaked soil toppled onto 17th Ave overnight blocking the street and ripping open a gas line. Seattle Fire was called to 17th and Denny around 2 AM to the three-foot wide downed tree after reports of a hissing sound and the smell of natural gas. Puget Sound Energy crews arrived at the scene just after 3 AM to lock down the broken line under conditions reported as still and very little wind. There were no reported injuries in the early Wednesday morning incident. 17th Ave was reported blocked and it wasn’t clear when SDOT would be out to cut away the fallen tree and branches to clear the area. UPDATE: A reader reports SDOT was on the scene this morning to remove the fallen tree.
- Volunteer Park Reservoir fire: Seattle Fire and its specialized Energy Response Unit were dispatched to the Volunteer Park Reservoir Wednesday morning to a report of light smoke coming from an underground vault facility near the body of water. According to radio updates, responding crews reported what appeared to be burning debris within the gated Seattle Public Utilities facility just after 7 AM. It’s not clear what started the fire and how it was remedied in a response that was still underway hours later. SFD’s Energy Response Unit is a new team from the fire department and Seattle City Light launched earlier this year to fight electrical fires in substations and underground vaults. It is based at Capitol Hill’s Station 25.
- Another Volunteer Park area fire: SFD was also on the scene an hour earlier on the west edge of the park along Federal Ave E where a caller reported a chemical toilet at a residential work site was on fire. Seattle Fire responded to deal with the blaze. There were no reported injuries. Seattle Police was also in the area at a nearby condo building responding to a reported crisis situation.
- Pike/Belmont knife assault: SPD was called to the intersection of E Pike and Belmont after a woman suffered a reported knife wound in an altercation Monday afternoon. SPD and Seattle Fire responded to the area just after 4 PM to the reported stabbing and found a victim with a non-life threatening knife wound to the head:
At 1609 hours, Officers were dispatched to an assault where the victim was stabbed in the head. The altercation started over an argument relating to pedestrian and scooter interference. A fight ensued between the victim and two suspects and while the victim was defending herself, she was stabbed in the head. The suspects fled the area. An area check was conducted while the victim was treated at the scene and later transported to the hospital. A possible suspect was located and during the investigation, multiple warrants were found. Unfortunately, the suspect could not be identified by the victim. The possible suspect was booked into SCORE jail on her warrants.
- Rite Aid burglary: Police were called to the recently shut down Broadway Rite Aid to a reported break-in Wednesday morning. Workers reported someone had busted into the shuttered store as they arrived to continue boxing up and clearing out remaining items around 9:30 AM. CHS reported here as bankruptcy woes over federal and state opioid lawsuits have led to the closure of the neighborhood’s remaining Bartell Drugs and Rite Aid stores. It was not immediately clear what if anything had been taken in the break-in. There were no reported arrests