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Building Fires

The Kirkland Fire Department serves the City of Kirkland for fire response.

Building fires or fires outdoors can pose a threat to life-safety and property in Kirkland. In the event of a fire, leave the area immediately and call 9-1-1.

Before A Fire

  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with at least 2 ways out of every room. Include windows in your escape planning.
  • Building or business owners should develop a fire evacuation plan.
  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and both inside and outside of every sleeping area. Test batteries every month and change them every 6 months.
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed.
  • Store copies of important documents in a fire-proof lock box or digital copies with a trusted, out-of-area loved one.

During a Fire

  • Call 9-1-1 as soon as it is safe to do so. 
  • Crawl low under any smoke to exit.
  • Before opening a door, feel the door with the back of your hand. If it feels hot or there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use a different way out.
  • If you open a door, open it slowly. If fire or smoke is present, shut it quickly.
  • Do not re-enter a building for people or pets. Call 9-1-1 and tell the operator where people are located in the building and tell firefighters when they arrive.
  • If you can't get out of a burning building, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out. Call 9-1-1 and tell them where you are. Signal for help at the window with a light colored cloth or flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll. If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel. Treat burns with cool water and cover with a clean, dry cloth. Call 9-1-1 right away.

A graphic showing a person practicing stop, drop, and roll

A graphic showing a person covering someone whose clothes are on fire with a blanket and rolling them on the ground.

After a Fire

  • Contact the American Red Cross if you need emergency housing assistance at (206) 587-2345.
  • Use the After the Fire Packet (PDF) to help guide you through the process of fire recovery.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for instructions on how to proceed.
  • Do not re-enter a building until professional responders say it is safe to do so.
  • Do not attempt to reconnect utilities yourself. Contact your utility provider.
  • Inventory damaged property and items. Take photos if you can. Do not throw away damaged property until it is inventoried.
  • Save receipts for any money spent related to the fire. These may be needed by your insurance company and for verifying losses for tax purposes.
  • Notify your mortgage company or landlord of the fire.
  • Clean up smoke, soot, and fire damage (PDF). If the damage is extensive consider hiring a professional.
  • Submit a public records request to get a copy of the Fire Report.
  • Experiencing a fire can be extremely stressful and traumatic. Learn how to cope and recover emotionally after a fire.


Kirkland Fire Response
The Kirkland Fire Department responds to hundreds of fires each year.

Kirkland Fire Prevention Bureau
The Fire Prevention Bureau consists of the Fire Marshal's office, Fire Inspectors, and the Fire Investigation Team.

Kirkland Fire Information Bulletins
Additional information about fire safety in Kirkland.

Fire Safety Inspections and Information
The Kirkland Fire Department conducts Fire and Life Safety Inspections of community businesses. Information is available for home fire safety.

Fire Department FAQs
Common questions about the Kirkland Fire Department and its services to the community.

Kirkland Building Department
The Building Services Department can help with the rebuilding process after a fire.

Sparky the Dog
Sparky offers fire-safety games, activities, and other resources for kids, parents, and educators.

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)
The USFA provides national leadership in fire prevention, preparedness, and response.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Information about fire, electrical, and related hazards.

Outdoor Smoke Safety
Information about smoke from fires and health impacts in Washington.

Wildfires and Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality information and resources from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Outdoor Smoke Safety

Guidance on maintaining clean, safe air during a wildfire and COVID-19 environment.

Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3671