Squirrel causes explosion | Fire blotter

Between Oct. 3 and Oct. 16, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 648 calls for service, among them the following:

Oct. 3

Brush fire: 4:58 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters hustling to a brush fire off Stuck River Drive found a 100’ x 100’ brush fire that was spreading to nearby trees, so they extinguished the fire with hose lines and overhauled the area. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Oct. 4

Wires down: 1:09 p.m. (Pacific). Firefighters and Pacific Police responded to wires down in the 300 block of Butte Avenue South. Firefighters notified Puget Sound Energy, which repaired the line.

Oct. 5

Spill: 3:24 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a report of a fuel spill discovered a vehicle with a punctured fuel tank, so they called for a hazmat response, plugged the fuel leak, cleaned the area and helped the owner get a tow truck.

Brush fire: 3:24 p.m. (Kent). Firefighters and Puget Sound Fire responded to a brush fire and used a progressive hose lay and hand tools to extinguish and contain the fire. Firefighters also used foam to ensure the fire was out.

Oct. 7

Trailer tire fire: 2:42 p.m. (Lakeland Hills). Firefighters responding to a report of a tire aflame on a boat trailer arrived at a parking lot, where they extinguished the fire, then lifted the trailer onto cribbing using spreaders and stabilizers. The vehicle owner was on scene with plans to arrange for repair of the trailer.

Oct. 8

Warehouse fire: 5:17 a.m. (Auburn). VRFA, South King Fire and Rescue, the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority and Mountain View Fire units responding to a warehouse fire in the 2700 block of Academy Drive Southeast found smoke curling out from the front of the building and from several doors. Crews forced entry into the building and contained the fire to the front office area. The building’s sprinkler system had kept the fire in check until fire crews could get there. The building’s sprinkler system was shut down and the building was aired out. A VRFA fire investigator is working to determine the fire’s cause.

Oct. 9

Accident: 3:32 p.m. (Algona). Firefighters responding to a vehicle into a building at Boundary Boulevard and Industry Drive North found a single vehicle that had struck an electrical transformer box and a building at a high rate of speed. The vehicle had sustained heavy damage, and the driver was ejected from the vehicle. Firefighters and King County Medics assessed and treated the driver on scene, and then Airlift Northwest transported the injured person to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for further treatment.

Oct. 10

Accident: 11:38 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters hustling to a three-car collision on westbound SR 18 east of Weyerhaeuser Way S. discovered one injured woman and significant damage to her vehicle, so they assessed and treated her on the scene and motored her to St. Francis Hospital for further treatment.

Oct. 11

Accident: 8:08 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a 2-car accident with one injured occupant stabilized the person and secured the scene before a private ambulance transported the injured party to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

Oct. 12

Brush fire: 8:37 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a small beauty bark fire in the downtown core of Auburn discovered that Auburn PD bike patrol officers had partially extinguished the fire, so firefighters extinguished the fire the rest of the way.

Oct. 13

Explosion: 12:01 p.m. (Pacific). Firefighters responded to a reported explosion and discovered that the power was out to many homes in the area because of a squirrel-induced electrical equipment failure on a power pole. Firefighters notified PSE of the power outage. The VRFA did not disclose the condition of the squirrel.

Oct. 14

Accident: 7:25 p.m. (Auburn). The VRFA and South King Fire and Rescue responded to a single-vehicle rollover on westbound Highway 18 at the off-ramp to Weyerhaeuser Way, where they found a vehicle that had careened off the roadway, continued over an embankment, rolled and hit a tree. Two of the vehicle’s occupants suffered minor injuries, and a child who was not wearing a seatbelt sustained a serious injury to his face. Private ambulances transported all three occupants to Valley Medical Center.

Oct. 15

Broken water main: 12:41 p.m. (Pacific). Firefighters responding to a report of water filling a street found water bubbling up from the center of said street, so they blocked off the undermined roadway and contacted Pacific Public Works to come out and effect repairs.

Oct. 16

Automatic fire alarm: 6:48 p.m. (Algona). Firefighters responding to an automatic fire alarm at a commercial building found the second floor full of smoke, so they asked for more resources. Turns out the smoke was coming from hot oil leaking inside an air compressor. Firefighters ultimately returned control of the building to the building manager.