Car Crash Starts Fire at Gas Station Atop Finn Hill, Damage Minimal

Three people suffered non life-threatening injuries in the crash. Juanita Drive was closed in both directions on either side of NE 141st Street.


Fire broke out at a gas station along Juanita Drive at the top of Finn Hill Friday afternoon when a car went off the road and hit gas pumps, but firefighters kept damage to a minimum, the Kirkland Firefighters reported on their Facebook page.

Several units from the Kirkland and Northshore fire departments responded. Three people suffered injuries that did not threaten their life, the Kirkland Firefighters reported.

Juanita Drive was closed in both direction on either side of the crash, in the 14100 block of Juanita Drive.

Here is the post in full:

Kirkland Firefighters along with Northshore and Bothell Firefighters are working a MVA with a car into the pumps at the 76 Station located at the 14100 Block of Juanita Dr Ne on Kirklands Finn Hill. 3 people suffered non life threatening injuries in the crash. The vehicle caught fire and the fire started to spread to the building. Quick actions by responders kept the fire damage to a minimum.
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Martha January 11, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Wow!! I drive by this every night on my way home. Glad no more was seriously hurt.
Martha January 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM
oops mean't to say glad no one was seriously hurt. Although my nail salon is right behind this gas station and I need to stop by tonight for a quick repair. hmmmm....
Greg Johnston (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 12:06 AM
I drive by there all the time too Martha, live about 2 miles away just off Juanita Drive. I am so glad no one was seriously hurt as well, it could have been so much worse!
Julie P January 12, 2013 at 01:00 AM
I work across the street from the gas station. We called 911 twice after seeing the flames and smoke. It was surprising how long it took for the fire dept. to response! So relieved the station didn't go up in flames and that no one was seriously hurt!!!
Matt Saavedra January 12, 2013 at 01:29 AM
The way people drive on Juanita this is not surprising. People really speed on that stretch and I hope Kirkland PD sets more speed traps.
Ellen Haas January 12, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Thanks to the firefighters for quick successful response.
Cory stringer January 12, 2013 at 06:05 AM
Yes we definetily need more police on finn hill because kirkland,kenmore and k.k sherriff definetily arent enough in our high crime area, jesus watch what you ask for matt u might be the one getting a 250 ticket for 5 mph over theirs an over abundance of police presence in our area as it is..its all about that dollar
Russ January 12, 2013 at 06:58 AM
Cory....well said.
Matt Saavedra January 12, 2013 at 07:14 AM
A little paranoid Cory? Don't speed and you have nothing to worry about. But if you prefer to be at the mercy of idiot drivers that's on you.
Greg Johnston (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 06:00 PM
We've added a couple more photos from Adam VanGerpen, a Kirkland native and LA firefighter who happened to be on the scene. Also, he says the Kirkland and Northshore firefighters who responded did an outstanding job. More of his pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48795888@N08/sets/72157632498200805/ Thanks Adam!
Tammy Bondarook January 12, 2013 at 08:54 PM
There were two dogs in the SUV. One ran off. Please anyone near this area be on the lookout for Mandy, a senior black Flat-coated Retriever (looks like a black Golden Retriever). She has a collar, tags and is chipped. Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10200152083672061&set=a.1155004962539.24669.1450161001&type=1&theater
Jeanne Gustafson January 13, 2013 at 01:45 AM
I hope she's found soon, Tammy. Let us know, please!
Tammy Bondarook January 13, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Mr. Johnston - Any chance you could do a follow up story to let people know that there were two dogs in the SUV and one ran off into the woods? She is friendly but may bark if approached only because she is scared and might be injured.https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=pcb.10200190887882142&type=1
Tammy Bondarook January 13, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Thank you, Jeanne. I am posting thru facebook and contacting reporters who did the story on the car accident to let people know my sister's dog ran off. Please share. Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=pcb.10200190887882142&type=1
Greg Johnston (Editor) January 13, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Thanks Tammy, we've added a photo of Mandy to the story -- we really hope she's found!
Tammy Bondarook January 13, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Thank you for adding Mandy's photo. A reward is being offered. Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/tammy.bondarook#!/photo.php?fbid=10200197385564580&set=a.3701685387958.160565.1450161001&type=1&theater
Tammy Bondarook January 19, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Mandy now has a dedicated FB Page to help coordinate search efforts, "Find Mandy in Kirkland". This Saturday at 10 a.m. James Branson of Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue is organizing an Intersection Alert at Juanita & 141 St. If you can help in any way, please join James and the other amazing people who will be forming search groups to find Mandy. Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/tammy.bondarook?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Find-Mandy-in-Kirkland/315805818535875?fref=ts
Tammy Bondarook January 26, 2013 at 09:46 PM


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