No injuries at Elma Apartment fire that displaces several families

An apartment fire in Elma displaced about a dozen people last night. Fire Chief Dana Smith tells us they were called to the Woodsvilla Apartment complex just after 4 Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported from the blaze that destroyed at least two apartments in one of the six unit buildings, Smith said the other units in that building are un-inhabitable due to damage to the roof and shared attic space. Smith said they know where the fire started, however “the unit the fire started in was so rapidly involved and burned so hot.” it’s not likely they will find a cause of the fire.

The fire burned so hot that crews started their response in a defensive stance, protecting the nearby Microtel motel and other units in the complex from the fire spreading.

The Elma Eagles Lodge brought out dinner for the firefighters and families affected during the response last night, the Red Cross was also contacted to assist the families with housing.

Those looking to aid Harbor families in times of emergencies, can make donations to the American Red Cross. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Grays Harbor Fire District #5 along with firefighters from the City of McCleary, Grays Harbor Fire District #2 and the…

Posted by Grays Harbor Fire District 5 on Friday, April 17, 2015

Pizza Hut donating 50% of two-day sales to Oso mudslide victims

Pizza Hut restaurants across Western Washington are donating 50 percent of all pizza sales from 108 participating locations today to victims of the mudslide disaster in Oso, the restaurant in Smokey Point, closest to Oso, is donating 100 percent during this two day event that began Wednesday.

“Everyone has been emotionally impacted by what happened in Oso, and our hearts go out to the families,” said Terry Hopkins, CEO and owner of Emerald City Pizza, Columbia Basin Pizza Hut and Spokane Valley Pizza. “As a local business, we immediately contacted city representatives and the American Red Cross to find out how we could help. We were able to get our restaurants from across the state to work together on a fundraiser that will immediately benefit those in need.”

Proceeds from the two-day effort will be given to the American Red Cross to be used in support of the relief efforts. Those looking to participate can do so via delivery, carryout or dine-in.

Emerson Manor residents to return home next week

Jerry Raines from the Housing Authority has announced that the displaced Emerson Manor tenants will be returning to their apartments Tuesday morning, March 18th. The nearly month long evacuation is ending.

On Thursday February 20th a fire and resulting water damage began a series of events leading to the evacuation of the entire building including nearly 60 tenants, the Senior Center, Anchor Bank, and two other stores, Trinkets & Treasures and Hoquiam Shear Artistry. Numerous response agencies, state and county assistance programs, the Red Cross, Grays Harbor County Public Health, the Faith Based Community, numerous animal foster families, the City of Hoquiam and Grays Harbor County began an unbelievable alliance to assist in the evacuation, housing and the provision of meals for the tenants.

Last Friday, the stores, including Anchor Bank and the Senior Center could re-open for business. Tuesday, the tenants will return. The alliance of groups and agencies will be assisting in the return of the tenants and their pets to the Emerson Manor.

The Housing Authority would like to thank the tenants and all support agencies for their assistance, understanding and patience during this event. The displaced tenants will be welcomed back home beginning at 10am on Tuesday. The Emerson Manor has been cleaned and buffed, wiped, walls painted, ductwork vacuumed, and the floors and living units impacted by the water damage have been repaired. Most of the final finishing touches will be completed by Monday.

All agencies associated with this alliance wish to thank the citizens of Grays Harbor County for their help, guidance and compassion throughout this event. It could not have been accomplished without your support.

Emerson Manor evacuated due to high bacteria levels

The Emerson Manor in Hoquiam was evacuated yesterday, over 60 tenants were told yesterday afternoon that they needed to collect their valuables as they were moved to the Immanuel Baptist Church in Hoquiam for the evening.

As a result of the Thursday morning fire and extensive water damage in the Emerson Manor Apartments in Hoquiam, sample bacteria reports from runoff water returned today have been found to be excessively high, resulting in an evacuation of all 60+ tenants of the apartment building. Tenants were notified in a 4pm meeting Monday afternoon of the need to collect their valuables and necessary clothing to be transferred to the Immanuel Baptist Church in Hoquiam for the evening. Many tenants have also been separated from their pets which are being distributed to local area animal shelters and adoption homes until better living facilities can be arranged and they can be reunified with their owners.

The Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), the Red Cross, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Grays Harbor County Public Health and numerous local and regional agencies have been working tirelessly on this incident. Their efforts today were enormous, however it was the extreme cooperation of the Emerson Manor Apartment tenants who helped achieve the evacuation in less than 3 hours. The focus in the coming days is to find better, longer term living arrangements for all of the tenants.

The Emerson Manor tenants are mainly low income, senior citizen residents. Many have specific disabilities, yet they work hard to remain self-sufficient. Today, they had to leave their home, most of their personal belongings and furniture for an extended period of time. Some are lucky enough to have family and friends to assist and stay with during the building rehabilitation, but most have nowhere else to turn. They have left their home with literally the shirts on their back and little else.

The majority of tenants have no insurance covering them for this event. They have no assistance to help purchase new clothing, furniture and appliances lost due to the water damage. Anchor Bank, also displaced due to the fire, has graciously set up a fund to assist the residents of the Emersion Manor Apartments called the Emerson Manor Assistance Fund. Anchor Bank locations throughout Grays Harbor County will accept monetary donations for the displaced Emerson Manor Apartment tenants. Please, ONLY monetary donations will be accepted for this incident, because each tenant requiring assistance has specific needs. Anchor Bank has taken the lead. Let’s follow their example and help neighboring Harborites in need.

Grease fire escalates, displaces family of 6 in Aberdeen

Firefighters were called to a house fire in the 1000 block of Marion street in Aberdeen Sunday afternoon. Battalion Chief Bill Mayne said a grease fire escalated quickly on the stovetop around 1:30 Sunday. The family of 2 adults and 4 children evacuated and reported no injuries, but were also displaced by the fire. Mayne estimated damages at over $70-thousand, and said the American Red Cross is assisting the family.
Mayne said when dealing with cooking oil fires use another pan to smother it, or an ABC rated fire extinguisher once everyone else has evacuated.

Donate to American Red Cross for a chance to win $1,000

To help spur additional donations over the Labor Day weekend, all presenting blood and platelet donors between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 will also receive a complimentary Red Cross T-shirt. Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org/summer for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for availability.


Date Time

Location and Details

August 13, 2013 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Music Saves Lives Terr W Aberdeen
Site: Harbor Calvary Church
108 S K St
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Donation Types: Blood

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

August Bella Blood Drive At Westport Winery

Donors are invited to make reservations for Westport Winery’s next Bella Blood Drive and join the Roberts family as they give the gift of life on Thursday, August 8 from noon to 5 p.m. The winery will accept reservations for up to three donors every 15 minutes during this timeframe. Free refreshments will be provided to donors. Basic donor criteria are available at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-866-236-3276. Blood donors can donate every 56 days. 

Those who elect to give blood will earn a bottle of Bella at half price. A portion of the proceeds from this blend of Tempranillo, Refosco, Primativo, Barbera, Merlot and Syrah benefits the Mt. Rainier Chapter of the American Red Cross. This wine earned a gold medal at the 2012 Seattle Wine Awards. Twilight-inspired T-shirts that read “A glass a day keeps the vampires away” will be available at half price.

Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery are open daily at 11a.m. The winery is open for lunch daily from 11 am. to 4 pm. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8.p.m. The winery with its unique grape maze and musical fence within the extraordinary outdoor sculpture and display gardens is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information, call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.

Red Cross Needs Donors

The community blood supply has dropped to critically low levels for blood types O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative. The Red Cross calls on eligible blood donors to schedule and keep a blood donation appointment as soon as a convenient location and time are available. To find a convenient donation location, go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

According to Daphne Mathew, communications manager, “Distributions to hospitals of types O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative are outpacing donations, creating a critical need for those blood types.”

Mathew also said that, “Overall, blood donations are down in the first five months of 2012, compared to the same period last year. As a result, there is almost half the amount of readily available blood in the Red Cross inventory at this point in time.”

Eligible donors with types O positive, O negative, B negative or A negative blood are encouraged to double the difference their donation can make by donating via the innovative double red cell technology, where available.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Eligible donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to redcrossblood.org for more information and to make a blood donation appointment.

Peacock Named Community Executive for Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter

Prior to the Red Cross, Peacock was the senior vice-president for the American Heart Association and the executive director for the American Cancer Society in South Puget Sound. She is a graduate of the University of Washington at Tacoma and currently serves on its advisory board. She is a longtime member of Tacoma Rotary No. 8 and has served as a volunteer firefighter. In 2007, Peacock was recognized as a business leader in the “40 Under Forty” Club for Pierce County. Her husband is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and they have two sons. The family resides in Tacoma.

“From house fires to family military emergencies, I’m honored to be part of an organization that helps people when they need it most,” said Peacock. “I look forward to working with our volunteers, staff and community partners to expand our efforts and keep our communities safe and strong.

The American Red Cross is a nonprofit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. For more information, visit www.rainier-redcross.orgwww.facebook.com/redcrossrainier or www.twitter.com/redcrossrainier.