Firefighters deliver baby in parking lot | Fire blotter

Between Feb. 20 and Feb. 26, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 274 calls for service, among them the following:

Feb. 20

Explosion: 3:46 p.m. (Pacific). Firefighters responded to a report of an explosion and arrived to find white smoke coming from a 4-foot by 8-foot below-ground electrical vault, with a power outage in the area. Firefighters isolated the area and contacted Puget Sound Energy. The fire was contained in the vault.

Feb. 21

Accident: 3:46 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responded to a vehicle that had smacked into a tree, and treated a man for minor injuries before transporting him to to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

Feb. 22

Aid call: 10:17 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters assessed and treated a woman who was in labor, and a private ambulance transported her to Valley Medical Center’s emergency room.

Feb. 23

Aid call: 3:06 p.m. (Pacific). Firefighters evaluated a man who’d sustained a crushing injury to both feet, and a private ambulance transported him to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

Feb. 24

Aid call: 2:30 p.m. (Lea Hill). Firefighters delivered a baby girl in the parking lot of an apartment complex minutes after arriving on the scene. Baby and mother were transported to Valley Medical Center in good condition.

Feb. 25

Chimney fire: 8:16 p.m. (Lea Hill). A passerby notified 911 that he or she had observed flames erupting from a chimney of one of the units at Lea Hill Condos. When firefighters investigated the area, however, the flames turned out to have been lights from a home on the hillside above the condo building.

Feb. 26

Accident: 3:09 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a motor vehicle accident on West Valley Highway South at SR 18 arrived to find a single vehicle that had run into a guardrail, sustaining heavy damage. Firefighters treated the sole occupant, then transported her to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for further treatment and evaluation.