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Landslide leads to gas leak and evacuation | Fire blotter

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:30pm
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Between April 18 and April 25, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 310 calls for service, among them the following:

April 18

Accident: 12:22 p.m. (Auburn). Responding to a 2-car accident with one person seriously injured, firefighters secured the scene and stabilized the injured party before King County Medic One paramedics evaluated and transported him to Harborview Medical Center.

Brush fire: 4:34 p.m. (Auburn). Responding as mutual aid to Green Valley Road for a brush fire, VRFA firefighters learned the fire had grown into a 2nd and 3rd alarm fire. Multiple fire agencies from the South Puget Sound area, including the Department of Natural Resources, converged at the site to help gain control of the fire. Crews remained on the scene throughout the night to watch for hot spots.

April 19

House fire: 7:44 p.m. (Kent). Firefighters responding as mutual aid to a house fire in Kent found visible smoke billowing out from the back side of the building, so they first attacked the fire from outside, then got in to extinguish it inside and overhaul the concealed area. Nobody was hurt. The fire is under investigation.

April 21

Landslide gas leak: 6:10 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters were dispatched to a landslide that had caused a gas leak in a home and found natural gas in the house. That house and two neighboring houses were evacuated, and Puget Sound Energy secured the gas at the meter. Officials from the city of Auburn were requested, and the scene was turned over to them to ensure the stability of the hillside and the house.

CPR: 2:17 p.m. (Lea Hill). Firefighters responded to reports of a man who was unconscious, unresponsive, and not breathing. They discovered that the man’s wife had already begun CPR. Firefighters and paramedics then treated the man before Medic 6 transported him to a local area hospital.

April 22

Aid call: 9:28 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters evaluated a middle-aged man in the custody of the Auburn Police Department who was complaining of swallowing an unknown amount of narcotics. Police then transported the man to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center (MAMC) for further evaluation.

April 23

Commercial vehicle fire: 4:07 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters hustling to the Sounder station in Auburn for a Sounder train fire arrived to find light smoke rising from a train’s engine. The issue turned out to be a mechanical malfunction, and firefighters returned the scene to Sound Transit personnel.

April 24

Aid call: 6:36 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a two-vehicle accident on Auburn Way South assessed five people and transported all of them to MAMC with minor injuries.

April 25

Commercial fire: 2:15 p.m. (Auburn) Firefighters responding to a wall fire in a duplex killed the fire with minimal water or fire damage. The Red Cross helped five residents with displaced pets. No one was hurt.


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