The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 329 total calls for service between June 26 and July 1, among them the following:
Forklift fire: 10:13 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responded to a forklift ablaze behind a local business, and arrived to find the forklift fully involved. Turns out the forklift’s propane tank had exploded and damaged a nearby vehicle. Firefighters extinguished the conflagration. The fire investigator determined fireworks were the culprit.
Vehicle accident: 5 p.m. (Auburn). Responding to a single-vehicle rollover, firefighters and paramedics evaluated and treated two people, before a private ambulance transported them to a local hospital.
House fire: 5 p.m. (Federal Way). Firefighters extinguished a house fire in Federal Way alongside units from South King Fire. Ladder truck personnel performed vertical ventilation, while other firefighters supported fire suppression and battalion chiefs helped with command.
Boat fire: 4:45 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters were dispatched to reports of smoke from the engine compartment of a trailered boat that was within three feet of a house. On arrival, firefighters found a 38-foot boat with wisps of smoke from the rear of the vessel and a resident active with a garden hose. Personnel opened the fire hatch to find no fire, but moderate smoke and residual heat. Firefighters ventilated the area and monitored to ensure the fire was completely out. The cause has not been determined to date.
Illegal burn: 3:07 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responded to a report of an illegal burn. On arrival, firefighters found a resident burning trash in a barrel, so they asked the person to put out the trash fire and educated that person on outdoor burning regulations.
Brush fire: 2:24 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responded to a brush fire in an empty lot between two houses in between James Avenue Southeast and Kennedy Avenue. Firefighters extinguished the fire with hose lines and overhauled the area. The cause of the house fire remains undetermined, although residents reported hearing and seeing fireworks.