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Overnight fire damages garage, cars in Auburn

A detached garage and several vehicles were heavily damaged early today after a fire in the Auburn area.

Valley Regional Fire Authority crews responded to the fire in the 2100 block of M Street Southeast just after 2:10 a.m.

Firefighters arrived to see flames engulfing a detached garage and threatening to ignite several nearby structures, the agency reported.

Crews knocked the fire down and doused the flames. There were no injuries.

Investigators were looking into what sparked the fired.


UPDATED: Woman, two cats killed in Auburn house fire

One woman and two cats died early today when an Auburn rambler caught fire.

The identity of the woman has not been released. Investigators were looking into the cause of the blaze, the Valley Regional Fire Authority reported.

A neighbor called 911 shortly after 3:45 a.m. to report a fire inside the 1,500-square foot home in the 1200 block of 24th Street Southeast.

Valley Regional firefighters arrived less than four minutes later. They found heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the home, a press release stated.

“Firefighters entered the structure but were forced to back out when

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Crews douse flames in Auburn apartment

Firefighters in South King County quickly extinguished flames from a second-story apartment fire this morning.

Crews from the Valley Regional Fire Authority were called to the Clearwater Ridge Apartments in the 3700 block of Auburn Way South just after 9:45 a.m. They spotted smoke and flames coming from a second-floor unit, the agency reported.

Crews got the fire out quickly and kept it contained to the apartment where it started. All the occupants got out safely.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.


Auburn opens two cooling centers

The City of Auburn has opened two cooling centers to help residents get away from the steamy temperatures.

Auburn Senior Center, 808 Ninth St. S.E., and Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday.


Fire forces evacuation of Auburn Kinder Care

Food left on a stove sparked a fire this afternoon at the Auburn Kinder Care Learning Center, 2916 Auburn Way South.

All children were accounted for following the fire, which began about 4:30 p.m. No one was injured, according the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

“Valley Regional Fire Authority firefighters arrived at the childcare facility within three minutes and found that Kinder Care staff members had partially extinguished the fire,” according to a news release. “Crews entered the building, doused the remaining flames, ensured the fire had not extended into the ceiling or walls, and used high pressure fans to remove

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Dept. of Labor and Industries looking into deaths of propane workers in Auburn

The Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the deaths of two men killed on the job Wednesday in Auburn.

The two employees at Ferrellgas, a propane distribution company, were operating a boom truck that struck a live power line around 5 p.m. Firefighters responded to a report of a commercial truck fire at 3611 A St. South and found the two men dead at the scene.

These are the 35th and 36th workplace deaths in Washington state so far this year. From 1998 to 2010, there have been 22 electrocution fatalities involving workers who came near power lines.


Two men die after commercial truck fire in Auburn

Two men have died after a boom truck they were working on struck a power line in Auburn Wednesday afternoon.

A little after 5 p.m., firefighters from the Valley Regional Fire Authority were dispatched to a report of a commercial truck fire in the 3600 block of A Street SE. First-responding crews found smoke coming from under a boom truck that had hit overhead power lines. The fire was quickly put out.

The men were found dead at the scene, with injuries consistent with electrical and fire burns, according to Auburn police Sgt. Scott Near.

Police are investigating

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Death of 41-year-old Auburn man found in home declared homicide

Police are investigating the homicide of a 41-year-old Auburn man who was found dead in his home Saturday.

Seth G. Frankel died of wounds to his neck and hands, according to the King County Medical Examiner.

Officers were called to Frankel’s home in the 100 block of D Street Northwest. A neighbor asked to check in on Frankel had peered through the window and saw him lying on the floor.

There are no suspects at this time, Auburn police spokesman Sgt. Dave Colglazier said. Investigators saw “slight” signs of a struggle at the scene, Colglazier added.