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VRFA fire and rescue blotter | April 5

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 185 calls for service between March 25 and 31, among them the following:

March 25

Aid call: 7:53 a.m., (Pacific). Firefighters and medics responding to an older man in the throes of seizures checked him out before medics transported him to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center (MAMC).

March 26

Home fire: 2:18 a.m., (South Auburn). A woman picked up a burning pan from her stove and threw it outside, burning herself and catching the brush in front of her house on fire. Responding firefighters swiftly extinguished the fire and treated the woman for minor burns to her hands.

March 27

Illegal burn complaint: 5:18 p.m., (Algona). A homeowner burning a 10-foot-wide pile of construction materials got a visit from firefighters on the heels of an illegal burn complaint. Firefighters let the man know that outdoor burning is banned and what's more, it's illegal and dangerous to burn treated lumber. The homeowner agreed to use his garden hose to kill the fire.

March 28

Aid call: 1:35 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters treated a man for minor injuries he'd sustained in a roll-over vehicle accident. Firefighters left the man in the care of the Auburn Police Department.

March 29

Vehicle fire: 2:05 p.m., (Pacific). Firefighters contained a passenger car fire to its engine compartment. Investigators are looking into the fire's cause.

March 30

Aid call: 10:56 a.m., (Lea Hill). Firefighters responding to an older woman who was having trouble breathing treated her for stroke-like symptoms. A private ambulance transported her to Multicare Auburn Medical Center for additional treatment.

March 31

Carbon monoxide leak: 9:19 p.m., (Auburn). VRFA firefighters hustling to an automatic fire alarm at a senior assisted-living complex found dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which they traced to a utility closet with two large hot water tanks inside. Firefighters evacuated the area, shut off the gas to the water heaters, ventilated the wing of the building and confirmed air quality safety throughout the affected wing of the building.

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