Between June 15 and 21, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 253 calls for service, among them the following:
Aid call: 10 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters treated a senior citizen who had tipped over in her motorized wheelchair, cut her head, and could not get up again, and a private ambulance hurried her to a local hospital.
Lit up: 4:30 a.m., (Pacific). Responding to the 100 block of Stewart Road for a commercial fire at a marijuana grow operation, and finding smoke billowing out from the front of the property, VRFA and South King and Puget Sound firefighters employed circular saws and other equipment to get in so they could extinguish the fire. The building sustained moderate damage, and nobody was hurt. The cause of the fire is still undetermined.
Accident: 3:49 p.m., (South Auburn). Responding with the Washington State Patrol to a two-car accident on eastbound Highway 18. Firefighters treated one person for minor injuries before a private ambulance transported her to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center (MAMC).
Aid call: 1:55 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters and King County Medics evaluated a woman who was suffering from an allergic reaction, and a private ambulance hustled her to MAMC.
Aid call: 6:55 p.m., (Auburn). Responding to a report of shots fired at Brannan Park, firefighters, Auburn police and King County Medic One began life-saving measures on a man who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his lower torso and pelvis. Medics and firefighters kept up their efforts while they were en route to Harborview Medical Center, but the man died shortly after he reached the hospital.
Train vs. semi: 4:43 a.m., (South Auburn). Responding to a tractor-trailer that had driven onto the BNSF train tracks and was hit by a freight train, firefighters evaluated the truck driver and found him uninjured. Firefighters contacted the Department of Ecology and BNSF Hazmat regarding some 100 gallons of diesel fuel that had leaked out of the truck’s fuel tanks onto the tracks, and then turned the scene over to the BNSF.
Aid call:: 7:29 a.m., (Auburn). Responding to two men their roommate had found unconscious and not breathing, firefighters did not try to resuscitate them because they had been down too long.
CPR: 9:19 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters and King County Medic One performed CPR on a senior citizen whose family had found him unconscious and not breathing, but they could not revive him.