Fire, rescue blotter

Personnel from the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 168 calls for service between April 20 and April 16,

Personnel from the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 168 calls for service between April 20 and April 16,

among them the following:


Head-On Collision: 11:30 a.m., (Auburn). Engine 31, Aid 31, and Battalion 31 were dispatched to the 4500 Block of Auburn Way North for a two-vehicle, head-on collision. Units arrived to find major front-end damage to both vehicles and three patients requiring aid. One patient had to be extricated using the hydraulic rescue tool. One patient was transported to Harborview Medical Center by Medic 6 and two patients were transported to Auburn Regional Medical Center.


Reported House Fire: 11:10 a.m., (Pacific). The VRFA responded to a report of a roof fire. Engine 38 arrived and found light smoke or steam from the roof and the smell of burning plastic and wood. Thermal imaging devices showed a normal heat signature from the roof. A fire was discovered in the wood stove in the home and extinguished because it was burning various items other than natural wood products. The scene was secured and Mayor Richard Hildreth volunteered to help contact the resident for follow-up.


Tasered Suspect: 1:26 p.m., (Auburn). Engine 38 was dispatched to help Auburn Police with a suspect who had received minor injuries from a Taser while being taken into custody in the 4000 block of A St SE in Auburn. He was treated for his injuries at the scene and transported to ARMC by Auburn Police.


Aid Call: 4:48 p.m., (Algona). VRFA Engine 38 and King County Medic 6 responded to help a woman with severe chest pain. The patient was transported by Medic 6 to ARMC in stable condition. Before leaving the scene, Engine 38 noticed a smoke detector that was not functioning and installed a fresh battery.


Structure Fire: 1:30 p.m., (Auburn). VRFA units responded to a report of a kitchen fire at the 300 block of High Crest Drive. As fire units arrived, they found heavy, black smoke pouring out of the rear of the structure. The two-and-a-half-story home had significant fire involvement in the kitchen area and to a pile of construction materials on the rear deck. VRFA firefighters used an aggressive attack to extinguish the fires and support a primary search of the home. The fire did significant smoke damage to the home and is currently under investigation.