Local 341 members who work in the laundry at Fircrest School in Shoreline are pulling together as they recover from today’s fire that destroyed the laundry. No one was injured -- not laundry workers who fled the fire or clients in out-of-harm’s way residential cottages elsewhere on campus.
The Federation Local 341 laundry workers are now helping the “campus of caring” for citizens with developmental disabilities dig out with as little disruption as possible.
As flames from the inferno still leapt from the laundry facility, the Fircrest laundry workers took a break to gather around a picnic table and hoist their fists as a sign of solidarity and the 100% Union spirit that says, “We’re here for our residents.” That report from Federation Council Rep Michael Abate who rushed to the scene to check on the members and to get important logistical updates.
To repeat, all the laundry workers are safe; there were no injuries.
None of Fircrest’s residents were in harm’s way because the laundry is in a building that does not house clients.
There was damage to personal belongings. Local 341 workers are now toting up their losses.
The laundry facility was a total loss in the inferno.
The blaze consumed the workers’ personal property including cell phones, wallets, purses, keys and other items. Some vehicles parked outside may also have been damaged before they could be draped with fire-resistant blankets.
It’s not known if the workers will need to tap into our disaster and hardship relief fund, the Foundation for Working Families. But just in case, here is a link to download the claims forms: https://wfse.org/?zone=/unionactive/private_view_page.cfm&page=Foundation20for20Working20Families
We’ll keep you updated on any relief efforts to help the Fircrest laundry workers.
Employee Advisory Program staff will be onsite tomorrow (Friday, July 21).
The 2-alarm fire started about 8:45 a.m. Employees were evacuated. Non-essential personnel were sent home. KOMO TV reported that fire crews from Woodinville, Kirkland, Bothell, Northshore, Snohomish, and Seattle assisted the Shoreline Fire Department in battling the blaze.
Local 341 members joined DSHS in thanking the firefighting crews – like them, public employees who put others before themselves: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sesa/office-communications/media-release/dshs-thanks-fire-departments-response-fircrest-residential-habilitation-center-fire
See KOMO’s report: http://komonews.com/news/local/crews-fight-2-alarm-fire-at-shoreline-facility-for-disabled