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VRFA fire and rescue blotter | June 21
The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 189 requests for service between June 10 and 16, among them the following:
Aid call: 9:57 a.m., (Lakeland Hills). Firefighters helped a man complaining of stroke-like symptoms and a private ambulance gave him a ride to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center (MAMC) for more evaluation.
Storage unit fire: 12:25 p.m., (Pacific). Firefighters hustling to a smoke investigation near Valentine Road found an illegal burn that had set a nearby storage container ablaze. Firefighters put out the fire, overhauled the container then turned the scene over to the South King Fire Investigation Task Force.
Structure fire: 6:56 p.m., (Lea Hill). Firefighters and the Kent Fire Authority responded to heavy smoke pouring out of a garage. Initial reports said occupants were evacuating and smoke was coming from the residence and the garage. The homeowner injured himself slightly trying to extinguish the fire before the professionals got there. Firefighters soon knocked down the fire, which never left the garage. The occupants chose to stay with family for the night.
Aid call: 12:23 p.m., (South Auburn). Firefighters responding to an older man displaying stroke-type symptoms treated him at the scene before a fire department aid car transported him on the double to a local hospital in stable condition.
Illegal burn: 7:24 p.m., (Pacific). Firefighters let a man burning yard debris know that that activity was a no-no, and he agreed to squelch the fire.
Aid call: 2:30 p.m., (Algona). A woman struggling to breathe because of an allergic reaction that had swollen her tongue and lips got the help she needed from firefighters and a ride in a private ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way.
Aid call: 8:39 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters assessed an elderly man with a decreased level of consciousness and a private ambulance transported him to MAMC for further treatment.