8-year-old boy hit in the eye with a firework | Fire blotter

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 394 calls for service between June 28 and July 4, among them the following.

June 28

Structure fire: 7:22 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responded to a structure fire in a two-story apartment building and quickly brought it under control.

June 29

Natural gas: 7:30 a.m. (North Auburn). Firefighters responded to reports of a natural gas odor inside a skilled nursing facility where the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority helped VRFA crews identify the source and stop the leak. No residents reported any ailments.

June 30

Overdose: 4:36 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters and King County Medics evaluated a man who was found unresponsive in his vehicle, and the VRFA transported him to a local hospital.

July 1

Vehicle fire: 2:21 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters arrived at an abandoned sedan ablaze on westbound SR 18 west of SR 167, extinguished the fire and turned the scene over to the Washington State Patrol.

Passenger vehicle fire: 2:16 p.m. (Lea Hill). Firefighters responded to a vehicle/brush fire on eastbound Highway 18 and found the vehicle no longer on fire, but the brush fire extending 15 feet into a wooded area. Crews extinguished the fire, and the Washington State Patrol arranged for a tow truck.

Illegal burn: 5:21 p.m. (Pacific). Firefighters responded to a report of an illegal burn and found a large pile of yard debris on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire and schooled the errant residents on proper burning regulations.

July 2

Aid call: 10:24 a.m. (Lea Hill). Firefighters responding to a senior citizen who had fallen to the floor and was unable to get up on her own had to force entry into the home after trying several other methods of entry. Firefighters then evaluated the woman for injuries and determined that she should be seen in a hospital setting. A private ambulance motored her to a local hospital.

July 3

Aid call: 10:20 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responded to a 36-year-old woman who had crushed her hand while trying to disconnect a utility trailer. The crew bandaged her hand, and a friend transported her to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

July 4

Brush fire: 1:10 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters and mutual aid agencies responded to a two-alarm brush fire on eastbound Highway 18, which they swiftly extinguished, and then used scene resources to overhaul and check for hot spots. The cause of the fire was undetermined.

Firework injury: 11:08 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters and King County Medic One paramedics treated an 8-year-old boy who had been hit in the eye with a firework, and Airlift Northwest airlifted him to Harborview Medical Center.