A woman's body was found in a Kirkland house Friday when firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the building.

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A woman’s body was found in a Kirkland house Friday when firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the building.

The fire was reported at 11 a.m. at 15th Avenue and Second Street and was extinguished in minutes, said Robin Paster, Fire Department public-information officer.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. The woman’s body was found in a bedroom, said Paster, and the cause of death also was unknown, pending an examination by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Smoke was found throughout the house, but fire damage was confined to the kitchen, said Paster.

Neighbors said the woman who occupied the older home north of downtown Kirkland was in her 50s and had a mental disability. She had lived in the home for about 40 years, first with her family and then by herself for about the past five years.

Mercer Island

School band to play in Rose Parade

The Mercer Island High School band has been invited to play in the 117th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2 in Pasadena, Calif.

The band, which has more than 270 members, will spend six days in California preparing for and performing in the parade.

In a run-up to the trip, Mercer Island will host the Rose Parade president, Elizabeth “Libby” Evans Wright, Nov. 4 and 5. While here, Evans Wright will attend an Islanders football game to see the band perform and a celebration dinner for the band.

The last time an Islander band played in the Rose Parade was 1992.

About 75 bands auditioned to perform in the parade; roughly 20 were selected.

The Mercer Island band will play at Disneyland as well.


Renton man killed in vehicle collision

A Renton man died as a result of a collision on the Redmond-Fall City Highway on Thursday. The collision took place about 4:35 p.m. just west of Tolt Hill Road.

The Washington State Patrol identified the victim as Vu T. Xiong, 45, a passenger in a 1993 Toyota Camry. He died Friday after being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The collision took place when the Toyota was traveling west with two occupants, a female driver and the passenger, the patrol reported.

Witnesses said the Toyota drifted to the right onto the right shoulder and then veered left, crossing the centerline and striking the rear trailer of a dump truck traveling east. The dump truck was empty, and the impact overturned the rear trailer.

The Toyota driver, identified by the patrol as Xee Yang, 28, also of Renton, was in stable condition in Harborview’s intensive-care unit.

The dump-truck driver, identified by the Patrol as Shane Moriarty, 25, of Puyallup, was not injured.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Mercer Island

Boys & Girls Club agreement reached

The Mercer Island School Board and proponents of a new location for the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club have reached an agreement on a location for the proposed building on school property.

The plan would build a home for the club, which would be run jointly with the school district. The site is on 86th Avenue Southeast adjacent to the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences.

In a joint meeting of the school board and the Mercer Island City Council on Thursday, board and council members gave their support to the project, but discussed a number of obstacles — traffic, parking, cooperative use and land-use issues — that need to be overcome before the plan can move forward.

The largest obstacle may be the part of the city code that sets a limit on how much of a property can be covered by buildings, concrete or other surfaces that prevent rain from being absorbed by the ground.