Recent News Around Northeast Seattle

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The following are some recent news and happenings around Northeast Seattle in the past couple of weeks.

Elderly Woman Rescued from Burning Home

At approximately noon on November 5, 2013, a neighbor in the 11700 block of 22nd Ave NE called 911 reporting seeing flames coming from a neighbor’s house.

An elderly woman was rescued from her burning home by the Seattle Fire Department and taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Firefighters found flames on the front porch and fire shooting from the front window of the home when they arrived.

The 83-year-old’s husband met firefighters on the front lawn and reported his wife was still inside. The crews found the woman unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing.

Paramedics and firefighters transported the woman to Harborview Medical Center where she was reported as in critical condition with life threatening injuries, including second degree burns to her face and legs.

According to investigators, improperly discarded smoking materials caused the fire.

At Least 15 Laptops Stolen from Sororities and Fraternities

Between Nov. 1 and Nov. 5, 2013 at least 15 laptops were reported stolen from common areas and study rooms in four University District sorority and fraternity houses.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the thieves sneaked into the houses between midnight and 8 a.m. while residents were either sleeping or partying.

At least one of the burglaries reportedly occurred during a Halloween party.

Animation shows light rail options

There’s an intriguing video on the Sound Transit website that gives a clearer idea of how a light rail line from Northgate to Lynnwood might look as it proceeds up I-5. Different options for station locations and configurations are illustrated. The plan to bring light rail from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington by 2016 is currently underway with plans for rail to then be extended to Northgate by 2021 and Lynnwood by 2023. The rail line from Northgate to Lynnwood would run mostly along the east side of I-5.

Click here to see the video.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Sends Seven to Seattle Hospital

Carbon monoxide overwhelmed a condominium complex in northeast Seattle on October 30, 2013 and sent seven people Virginia Mason Medical Center for carbon monoxide poisoning. A neighbor smelled strong fumes at 13749 35th Ave. NE in Lake City and called 911.

Two males were found unconscious and unresponsive in one of the units in the complex, said Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Sue Stangl. They were rushed to Virginia Mason’s hyperbaric chamber for emergency oxygen treatment. Five others were also transported to Virginia Mason for evaluation.

The complex has been evacuated. Seattle police are investigating the cause.

New School Boundaries in Wedgwood has Parents Upset

The Seattle School District has released another attendance boundary map that will affect many families in the Wedgwood neighborhood.

The new boundary has children living on one side of the street going to Eckstein Middle School, but the kids living on the opposite side of the street will have to attend a different school 2 miles away.

The school district has stated they are trying to accommodate increased enrollment and new school construction.

Nothing is set in stone as of now and there is an online petition working to gather signatures from parents opposed to the growth boundaries around the school.

Featured photo from SoundTransit.org.

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