Between Nov. 16 and Nov. 29, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 518 calls for service, among them the following:
Compost fire: 7 a.m., (Lea Hill). Firefighters monitored a large compost fire that had self-started. The fire was still under periodic fire watch at the time of this report. No one was hurt.
Vehicular assault: 7:22 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters treated a man and a woman for minor injuries at their home after they had been pepper sprayed, then struck by a car as it peeled off.
Chimney fire: 1:15 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to ensure that a fire had not extended into the attic space of a home, giving the nervous homeowner peace of mind, then advised the homeowner to have the chimney inspected and cleaned.
Vehicle collision: 4:45 p.m., (Highway 18). Firefighters responding to a report of a two-vehicle accident arrived to find one person trapped in the back seat of a compact car. Firefighters asked King County paramedics and Airlift Northwest to respond, and when they got there, they stabilized the life-threatening injuries of two persons. Then paramedics took the two people to Harborview Medical Center, one by Airlift and the other by ground transport, and a private ambulance transported a third person to a local hospital.
Aid call: 11:10 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responding with the Auburn Police Department to a domestic violence call treated two officers and one civilian for minor injuries on scene, then police transported the two officers to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for evaluation.
Aid call: 7:43 a.m., (Auburn). Responding to a senior citizen who was found unconscious, firefighters and King County Medic One personnel evaluated the man, and King County Medic 6 transported him to St. Joseph Hospital.
Vegetation fire: 11:26 a.m.,(Auburn). Responding to a report of a debris pile on fire, firefighters arrived to find a large pile of wood chips and grass clippings decomposing, creating a lot of heat and some smoke. Firefighters contacted the City of Auburn to have its crews spread out the compost pile to cool it.
Vehicle in river: 12:06 p.m., (Tukwila). The VRFA dive team and the Renton Fire Authority’s dive team helped Tukwila’s fire and police departments find and retrieve a vehicle from the Duwamish River. One occupant was found inside the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Tukwila police are investigating the case.
River rescue: 9:13 a.m., (Auburn). Responding to a report of a man floating downstream with no floating device, firefighters and King County Medics arrived to find that civilians had already pulled the man from the river and started CPR. Firefighters and King County Medics then took over CPR before medics transported the fellow to Harborview Medical Center.
Welfare check: 1:50 p.m., (Auburn). Responding to a report of a senior citizen who had been sitting in a running car for at least four hours, VRFA firefighters, King County Medic One and Auburn Police found the man sitting in the driver’s seat unconscious, and when police forced entry into the vehicle, they discovered that the man was dead.
Water problem: 1:48 p.m., (South Auburn). Firefighters investigating a report of a residential water supply break at the residence’s main shutoff contacted property management and the city’s water division.
Aid Call: 1:23 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters treated a woman who had fallen 20 feet down a hillside, then motored her to Multicare Auburn Medical Center (MAMC).
Aid call: 8:56 p.m., (Algona). Firefighters and King County Medic One treated a man who was struggling to catch his breath, and Medic 6 transported him to MAMC for further evaluation.
Aid call: 10:07 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters helped a woman who was complaining of shortness of breath, which did not improve with the use of an inhaler and a nebulizer, so a private ambulance transported her to MAMC.