A chemical reaction in a room used to store swimming-pool chemicals sparked a fire Saturday at the Mercer Island Country Club and caused...

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A chemical reaction in a room used to store swimming-pool chemicals sparked a fire Saturday at the Mercer Island Country Club and caused $500 to $1,000 in damage.



No one was injured.


More than 30 firefighters responded to an alarm at the club, at 8700 S.E. 71st St., and called Seattle’s hazardous-materials unit when they learned the blaze involved chemicals.


A preliminary investigation identified the cause: improperly combined chemicals in a chlorine-mixing unit.


Renton



Semiannual auction features cars, trucks

King County’s semiannual equipment auction, featuring dozens of cars, trucks, vans, heavy equipment, buses and police motorcycles, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in Renton.


The county’s Fleet Administration Division will preview items up for bid from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 8 a.m. auction day. A preliminary list of items, driving directions and auction terms are available at www.metrokc.gov/auction/vehicleinfo.htm online.


The event will be at 3005 N.E. Fourth St., near Renton Technical College.


Mercer Island



Businesswoman declares candidacy

Mercer Island businesswoman Brenda Finkenbinder has announced a bid for Position 6 on the Mercer Island City Council.


The seat is up for grabs this fall because Mayor Alan Merkle has announced he will not seek re-election.


Finkenbinder serves on the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation board of directors, is a member of Seattle’s University Rotary Club and is active in the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.


She co-owns a Seattle pressure-washing business with her husband, Michael, and has lived in the Seattle area since 1999. The couple have two daughters.


Seattle Times Eastside bureau