Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Washington state wants to add firefighters and training academy to beef up wildfire response
Citing the devastation and expense of fighting Washington’s wildland blazes, state Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz proposed a “groundbreaking strategic plan” Thursday to prevent and respond to wildfires. The plan by Franz, who oversees the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is part of her $55 million budget request to lawmakers that would boost the state’s wildfire capabilities.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 11:06:44 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:06:44 GMT

Government shutdown delays Southeast Thurston Fire Authority grant
Southeast Thurston Fire Authority commissioners authorized the transfer of about $114,000 of general funds to cover expenses within the authority’s SAFER volunteer grant that hasn’t received funding this year due to the partial government shutdown. SAFER, or Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants, are federally granted funds distributed by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to fire departments and organizations to help them maintain firefighter training.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 1:06:38 PM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:06:38 GMT

Washington Senator Hawkins pushes for work to prevent and manage wildfires
12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins says he’s excited about wildfire prevention techniques being proposed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. “They are rolling out a 10-year, wildfire strategic plan and it includes priorities for what we can do to better fight fires, to be better prepared.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 9:52:24 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:52:24 GMT

Three Spokane Valley firefighters hospitalized after encountering bug bombs in apartment
Three Spokane Valley Fire Fighters were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being exposed to chemicals from bug bombs. The firefighters were responding to a fire alarm around 1 p.m. at Central Park Condominiums near South Eastern Road and East Sixth Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they saw no fire or smoke, but saw an overturned wheelchair and crawled through a window to find if someone was in the apartment, said Greg Rodgers, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman Review
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Fire districts in Lake Stevens, Monroe could merge in 2020
Two more Snohomish County fire districts are talking about merging. They are District 8 in Lake Stevens and District 7, which is based in Monroe and also serves Clearview, Maltby and much of unincorporated Snohomish south of the Snohomish River. Together, the two agencies could provide fire protection and emergency medical services to about 160,000 people over 141 square miles.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 5:53:11 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:53:11 GMT

Riverside School District says it's time to cleanup 98-acre forest land to reduce fire risks
The wildfires that have choked the summer air with smoke the past few years have caught the attention of the Riverside School District, which is moving forward with a new forest management plan for the 97 acres of trees on the 186-acre school campus on U.S. Highway 2 at Deer Park Milan Road. The forest has been getting hit by Western pine beetles, which are killing some trees, said lead groundskeeper Rob Foster.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 5:19:30 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:19:30 GMT

'I've never seen anything like this': Big rock slams through roof, lands in Washougal kid's room
A Washougal family escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when a piece of rock fell from the sky, pierced their roof, and landed in their child's bedroom. Fire officials say the rock came from a nearby construction site, where crews were blasting to make way for utility lines in a new subdivision. "They were doing some blasting just above the apartment complex for utility lines," said Ron Schumacher, fire marshal with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Port Townsend: Assistant chief named at East Jefferson Fire-Rescue
Pete Brummel, a 28-year fire service veteran, has been named assistant chief for East Jefferson Fire-Rescue. Brummel replaces Deputy Chief of Training and Operations Ted Krysinski, who is retiring in a few months. Krysinski will continue with the department for another year, working on such legacy projects as the training tower that he will see through to completion.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 2:58:24 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:58:24 GMT

Shutdown cancels Federal Wildfire Training in Oregon, Washington
From aviation contracts to deals with vendors and even seasonal hiring, the partial federal government shutdown is cutting into planning and preparation for the 2019 wildfire season in the Northwest. According to Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, one training for firefighting managers has already been canceled, because the federal government has been partially shuttered.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 10:11:22 AM - SOURCE: news.opb
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:11:22 GMT

Man trapped in car for 90 minutes after 5-car crash in North Spokane
It took firefighters more than 90 minutes in below-freezing temperatures to extricate a man trapped in his truck after a five-car collision early Tuesday night in north Spokane that sent three to the hospital. No one had life-threatening injuries, said David Heizer, Spokane Fire Department battalion chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 10:19:38 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:19:38 GMT

One rescued from burning house in Mill Creek
A fast-moving fire displaced a family of four Monday evening, with firefighters evacuating one person. No one was injured. Snohomish County Fire District 7 responded at 6:02 p.m. to a report of a house fire, with someone trapped inside, in the 17700 block of 30th Drive SE, south of Mill Creek. “When crews arrived on scene they found a fast moving fire extending throughout the back of the home,” District 7 said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 7:13:26 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:13:26 GMT

Spokane Valley voters asked to support $113 million fire department levy
The Spokane Valley Fire Department wants voters to approve a $113 million tax to help pay salaries, buy new fire engines and build a new Barker Road fire station and a new maintenance facility. The maintenance and operations levy will be on the Feb. 12 special election ballot. The cost would be spread across four years.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:29:21 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:29:21 GMT

Washington Senators among Dems pressing Trump to end shutdown so wildfire preparations, training can begin again
Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, of Washington state, said the federal government shutdown “puts peoples’ lives at risk” by delaying forest restoration and wildland firefighter training programs, in a joint letter with 10 other Democratic senators sent to President Donald Trump on Monday. The senators pressed him to reopen the government, which has been partially shut down for weeks, as President Trump and Democrats remain at an impasse over funding for his border wall and security proposal.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 3:53:29 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:53:29 GMT

Pasco Firefighters installing free smoke alarms
Frefighters are partnering with the American Red Cross for the Sound the Alarm Campaign. Sound the Alarm was created for the community to prevent house fires. Pasco Firefighter, Ben Shearer said nonfunctioning fire alarms are a problem nationwide. He said more than 50 percent of residential fires that they go to are in homes without working smoke alarms.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 7:21:27 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:21:27 GMT

Update: Cause of marina fire in Seattle's Lakewood neighborhood a mystery
Fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of a marina fire Sunday night at Seattle’s Lakewood Moorage that burned three boats, according to a spokeswoman for the Seattle Fire Department. “There was too much fire damage for them to pinpoint what happened,” spokeswoman Kristin Tinsley said Monday of the blaze that sent a 59-year-old man to the hospital with minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 3:53:28 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:53:28 GMT

Family of six displaced by Orchards house fire
A fire ripped through a home in Orchards early Sunday morning, severely damaging the building and displacing the family of six living there. Firefighters from the Vancouver Fire Department and Clark County Fire District 3 were called to the house, 15505 N.E. 83rd St., around 1:50 a.m. Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Bryan Fredrickson said responding firefighters arrived to find fire coming from the rear of the house on the second floor and an outbuilding engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 11:01:13 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:01:13 GMT

Record wildfire-fighting budget requested by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz
For the state’s Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, the smoky air that continues to choke the Inland Northwest each summer is a sign that Washington will have to battle wildfires independently in the future. “We tried to find additional air support outside,” Franz said in an interview this week, after a 2018 wildfire season that resulted in more than 1,850 blazes in Washington, the most in the state’s history.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 6:18:17 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 13 Jan 2019 14:18:17 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire, former captain reach $900K settlement in free speech case
It's been about six years since Jon Sprague's career with Spokane Valley Fire came to an end because of a disagreement over religious emails he sent to fellow firefighters with his work account. That disagreement resulted in a six-year legal battle which eventually made its way to the state supreme court.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY.com
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

New Multiple boats damaged in Seattle marina fire
At least three boats were damaged in a fire at Seattle's Lakewood Moorage marina on Lake Washington Sunday night. "The plume of smoke and fire going up into the sky -- you knew it was the marina right away," said witness Ari Hoffman. "'There was a two story boat that you could see was on fire -- you could see the whole thing going up.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 2:13:15 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:13:15 GMT

Snoqualmie Tribe donates AEDs, Narcan to Eastside Fire and Rescue and City of North Bend
The Snoqualmie Tribe donated 200 automated external defibrillator (AED) units to local safety and government organizations. Members of the tribe presented several AED devices to Eastside Fire and Rescue and to City of North Bend at North Bend Station 87 at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3. The tribe donated the devices after Councilmember Richard Zambrano heard on the radio that the previous King County Sheriff was asking for donations for their department to purchase AED units for the officers.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2019 3:21:29 PM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie Valley Record
Posted on Sat, 12 Jan 2019 23:21:29 GMT

Whitman County Fire District 12 adds new ambulance
Whitman County Fire District 12 bought a new ambulance to be housed at station No. 1, which is located on West Main Street. The ambulance cost around $187,000, said Lee Druffel, Whitman County Fire District 12 commissioner. “We were ready to become a transport agency,” said Mirenda Stenbakken, Whitman County Fire District 12 emergency medical services chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 4:45:31 AM - SOURCE: Daily Evergreen
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:45:31 GMT

Pasco Fire Department teams up with school district for trauma training
The Pasco Fire Department is partnering with the Pasco School District to teach school nurses how to use trauma kits. The department's paramedics and staff will hold a special training event to show how the "Stop the Bleed" kits can save a life. The Department of Homeland Security's Stop the Bleed initiative turns bystanders into rescuers by giving them the training and tools they need to save lives.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 3:51:18 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 13 Jan 2019 11:51:18 GMT

Two Skagit County fire districts await reimbursement for wildfire aid
Two Skagit County fire districts are awaiting reimbursement from the state of Washington after sending firefighters and equipment to California to help battle summer wildfires. In August, fire districts 3 and 14 — which serve the areas of Conway and Alger, respectively — sent crews to battle some of California’s deadly wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: GoSkagit.com
Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Passers-by alert officials to kitchen, attic fire in Vancouver
A Thursday afternoon blaze in the kitchen and attic of a duplex unit in the Hough neighborhood damaged the residence and likely displaced the residents. Vancouver firefighters were called about 3:45 p.m. to 1204 W. McLoughlin Blvd. after a group of people driving by said they noticed smoke coming from the residence.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 7:04:44 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 03:04:44 GMT

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue responds to fire at Pacific Research Laboratories
Vashon Island Fire & Rescue responded to a fire at Pacific Research Laboratories shortly after 5 p.m. this evening. On scene, Assistant Chief Bob Larsen said they were called to the facility because of an incident involving a welding torch and a fire in a garbage can. Initial reports are that no one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 1:43:47 AM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 09:43:47 GMT

Shutdown hurts Western wildfire prep
Training has been halted for thousands of firefighters. The U.S. Forest Service can’t let contracts for needed equipment. In forests across the West, no federal employees are reducing dry fire fuels that feed catastrophic blazes. These are some of the effects of the federal shutdown on federal firefighters, and experts say the situation could quickly worsen.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bend Bulletin
Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Small fire damages former brewery in Tumwater
A day after Tumwater’s mayor reiterated his concerns about the state of the former Olympia Brewing Co. buildings and the lack of building security, fire crews responded to a small blaze there Thursday afternoon. Fire crews traced the source of the small fire to a makeshift wood stove that was being used to burn off the plastic coating of electrical parts and wires, according to the city.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 6:27:44 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 02:27:44 GMT

Off-duty Stevens County volunteer firefighter saves man whose leg was severed in crash
A Stevens County volunteer firefighter is credited with saving a man's life after he lost his leg in a collision Tuesday night. The crash happened just after 6 p.m. Tuesday night, during the evening commute. It happened around the intersection of Highway 291 and Charles Road in Nine Mile Falls. "There were just very, very dangerous conditions on the road as well as the hills," said Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 8:31:23 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 04:31:23 GMT

How Seattle emergency crews plan to navigate viaduct shutdown
The Seattle Fire Department aims to respond to most emergency calls in eight minutes or less. With one of their main thoroughfares about to close, the Highway 99 viaduct, can they still maintain that standard? “Certainly it may take longer to respond,” said Deputy Chief Ron Mondragon. The fire department has a multi-layered plan to get first responders through the potential gridlock during the Seattle Squeeze, the three weeks starting Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING 5 TV Seattle
Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Longview firefighters respond to Thursday morning house fire
Longview firefighters responded to a fire in a vacant house on the 200 block of 21st Avenue around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the Longview Fire Department. Officials believe the home was "actively occupied" by transients, said Troy Buzalsky, battalion chief. "The front door was boarded up with plywood boards .
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 9:57:48 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:57:48 GMT

Seattle turning a blind eye to illegal fires at homeless camps?
Jennifer Coats looked out the window of her north Seattle townhouse one night in November and spotted a man inside a shelter made out of an over-sized sandwich board sign. She said he began lighting little fires inside his shelter and that bothered her. “I saw flame, a little flame and a bigger flame,” said Coats.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 6:37:20 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:37:20 GMT

Port Townsend mayor, East Jefferson fire-rescue chief describe details of proposed annexation
A measure on the Feb. 12 special election ballot aims to simplify the arrangement for fire protection in Port Townsend, according to proponents who spoke at a Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce meeting. The ballot measure, which needs a simple majority for passage, will ask voters to approve annexation of the city of Port Townsend into East Jefferson Fire-Rescue (EJFR), which now provides fire and emergency medical services in Port Townsend by contract.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 6:35:39 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:35:39 GMT

State AG investigating if 911 outage affected you
The recent 911 outage sent dispatch centers across the Northwest scrambling, but the Tri-Cities appears to have escaped any serious problems. On Tuesday, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a call for people affected by last month’s 911 outage to contact his office. It came days after dispatch center leaders gathered to talk about how they handled the emergency calls that failed to ring through to police and fire dispatchers for more than 12 hours.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 4:30:56 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 12:30:56 GMT

SUV smashes into building in Richland; Medics rush driver to hospital
A driver of an SUV is seriously hurt when the SUV they were driving smashed into a building on Tuesday night. The crash happened just before 9 PM on the 1000 block of Jadwin. The building is next to Jimmy John's. The Richland Fire Chief tells Action News the SUV plunged into the building and then sparked a fire that fire crews put out in minutes.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 11:54:15 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 07:54:15 GMT

Benton County Fire District #2 asking for help to buy rescue boat
Firefighters are known for primarily putting out fires, but there is much more to their job. For some local firefighters, their job can take them off land and into the water. The Yakima River runs right through Benton County Fire District #2, based in Benton City. The fire district responds to an average of 1,000 calls per year, including water rescue calls.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 6:29:16 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 02:29:16 GMT

Fire rips through Puyallup home
Fire crews will remain at the scene after a fire ripped through a home in Puyallup on Monday night. The fire happened in the area of 134th Avenue and Bath Road. Crews had the fire under control before 11 p.m. but fire officials said crews would remain on scene throughout the night putting out hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 08 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Fire in Yakima displaces eight, causes an estimated $100,000 in damage
Bail was set at $25,000 for a man accused of setting a fire that caused $100,000 in damage and displaced seven people Sunday night. Firefighters were called to 503 S. Naches Ave. around 5 p.m. for a fire in a house that been converted into a fourplex apartment building, according to a news release issued by Yakima Fire Shift Commander Jennifer Norton.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 9:51:28 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 07 Jan 2019 17:51:28 GMT

East Pierce responds to more than 100 alarms during storm
East Pierce Fire and Rescue (EPFR) responded to 113 alarms during the 24-hour period of Jan. 6 due to the wind storm that struck the region early that morning. Of the 113 alarms, 65 of those were dispatched between midnight and 8 a.m., with a peak of 22 incidents between 3 and 4 a.m., at the height of the storm.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 1:41:16 AM - SOURCE: Enumclaw Courier Herald
Posted on Tue, 08 Jan 2019 09:41:16 GMT

Failed East County Fire and Rescue levy lid lift prompts end to agreement
East County Fire and Rescue’s failed levy lid lift in November has prompted commissioners to terminate an interlocal agreement with the city of Camas for shared service of Camas-Washougal Fire Department Chief Nick Swinhart. “We’re looking at ways to save money,” said Mike Taggart, vice chair of East County’s board of commissioners.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2019 5:20:59 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Sun, 06 Jan 2019 01:20:59 GMT

Family, friends pay respects to fallen Thurston County firefighter
Family, friends and community members paid their final respects to a longtime volunteer firefighter who died in the line of duty in Thurston County. “John was an amazing guy,” said Chief Warren Peterson, with the East Olympia Fire District. Capt. John Ostergard was a 27-year volunteer with the department.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 07 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Firefighters rescue 3 dogs from burning home in Puyallup
Three dogs were rescued from a burning home in Puyallup Sunday afternoon. The fire broke out at the home in the 9100 block of 190th St. E. sometime before 5 p.m., according to Graham Fire officials. No people were home at the time, but firefighters found three dogs in need of rescue. The dogs were brought outside where two of them had to be treated with oxygen for smoke inhalation, Graham fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 7:17:44 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:17:44 GMT

Spokane Fire: No evidence of dangerous substance found at evacuated Walmart
The Spokane Fire Department confirmed Monday it found no evidence of a dangerous substance reportedly found on money used at a cashier's station at a north Spokane Walmart Sunday night. Spokane Fire said three staff members reported feeling sick as they collected money with a suspicious substance on it Sunday night.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 11:04:10 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 07 Jan 2019 19:04:10 GMT

Cheney apartment fire damages two residents, displaces residents
Residents of an apartment complex in Cheney were displaced after the wall between two units caught fire Sunday afternoon. Aaron Bollar, a battalion chief at the Cheney Fire Department, said the fire damaged two units on the second floor of an apartment complex at 1312 First Street in Cheney. When the fire started, only one of the units was occupied, and the residents tried to use a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2019 3:58:57 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sun, 06 Jan 2019 23:58:57 GMT

EMS transition goes smoothly in Skagit County
Stakeholders in the county’s ambulance service say the Jan. 1 transition to city control went off without a hitch. “We’re starting to turn from setting up the system to the maintenance of it,” county EMS Director Jeff Sargent said. Sedro-Woolley, Mount Vernon and Burlington are now the primary providers of emergency medical services in central Skagit County, taking the place of the Central Valley Ambulance Authority.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 6:38:42 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 14:38:42 GMT

Annexation on special election ballot for East Jefferson Fire Rescue District
Voters will decide if the city of Port Townsend will be annexed into the East Jefferson Fire Rescue District during a special election Feb. 12. Voters living within the city of Port Townsend and in the unincorporated area of East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) — which is Fire Protection District No. 1 — will receive ballots.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 4:41:21 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:41:21 GMT

Fire Destroys Outbuilding in Chehalis
A fire destroyed a detached garage in the 1900 block of Rice Road in Chehalis Wednesday evening. Nobody was injured, but the structure — a 15-foot by 30-foot building — and its contents were deemed a total loss, according to a press release from Lewis County Fire District 6. Crews rolled onto the scene at around 7:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 12:46:19 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 20:46:19 GMT

‘Preventable’ apartment fire displaces 6 people in Vancouver
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a blaze overnight Friday at an apartment building in the Fourth Plain Village neighborhood caused by a candle and discarded smoking materials. Vancouver Fire Department crews were dispatched about 1:26 a.m. to 2817 Neals Lane for the report of a multiple residential unit structure fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 11:00:51 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 04 Jan 2019 19:00:51 GMT

Spokane Valley firefighters can breathe easy with new top of the line air packs
The Spokane Valley Fire Department is going high tech with new air packs that include several features to improve firefighter safety and make the gear easier to use and clean. “Our air packs were 12 years old,” said Battalion Chief Ken Capaul. “They met a NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standard that was 10 years old.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 5:04:24 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 13:04:24 GMT

Former Auburn fire chief, beloved Santa, dies
Robert K “Bob” Johnson, former chief of the Auburn Fire Department and sometime Santa for legions of kids, died on Dec. 28 in hospice care in northern Idaho. He was 81. According to a message posted by his family on social media, Johnson had suffered from Parkinson’s disease and ankylosing spondylitis.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 1:44:27 AM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:44:27 GMT

Walla Walla Firefighters get ballistic gear for protection in active shootings
Cops and firefighters both respond to active shootings. While police try to stop a shooter, firefighters are there to help anyone who has been hurt. That often requires them to put themselves at risk. Now the Walla Walla Fire Department will have protective gear for these situations. “We don't carry weapons,” Deputy Fire Chief Brad Morris said.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 5:48:57 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 01:48:57 GMT

Follow Up: Two former Spokane Valley fire captains died in December; Long-term exposure to toxins may be to blame
For the second time in less than a week, the Spokane Valley Fire Department has announced the death of a former fire captain, and again, work-related exposure to toxins is suspected as the cause. On Friday, the department announced that former Capt. Tim Cruger, 67, died of cancer caused from exposure to smoke while on the job.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 2:46:56 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 10:46:56 GMT

New street signs in Eagles red bringing Eastern Washington University campus up to fire code
New street signs and addresses are making it easier for people unfamiliar with the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney to find their way around, including first responders. The university undertook the Campus Fire Life Safety Signage project to bring it into compliance with the 2015 International Fire Code, which requires buildings to have addresses visible from the street, said EWU Fire Protection Engineer Mike Lunneborg.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 5:32:52 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 13:32:52 GMT

Memorial service for East Olympia firefighter set for Saturday
Fire personnel from across the state are expected to take part in a procession Saturday for a volunteer East Olympia Fire District 6 firefighter who died last month. John Ostergard suffered a medical emergency while responding to a fire Dec. 14. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Church of the Nazarene, 940 Israel Road SW in Tumwater.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 12:48:33 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 20:48:33 GMT

Sultan couple out to save lives one smoke alarm at a time
A Sultan couple will try again this year to push the state to be more aggressive in ensuring apartment owners put smoke alarms in their units and face consequences when they don’t. Gerry and Bonnie Gibson are working with state lawmakers on a bill intended to boost the number of smoke detectors installed in rental dwellings and single family homes, possibly through use of incentives like a discount on insurance premiums.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 2:48:23 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 10:48:23 GMT

New father drives burning car out of hospital parking garage in Puyallup
PHOTO - Pierce County firefighters praised a young father who drove a burning vehicle out of a parking garage last week at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. Central Pierce Fire and Rescue posted on Twitter Thursday that the man’s car caught fire in the garage, and that his quick action saved other vehicles and the garage itself.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2019 10:41:42 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Tue, 01 Jan 2019 18:41:42 GMT

Centralia Area Firefighters to Participate in Grueling Stair Climb, Raising Money for Cancer Research
In March, 2,000 firefighters, all donning their gear and masks, will take to the seemingly endless flights of stairs at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle — going up flight after flight until exhaustedly reaching the top. No, it’s not some sadistic training requirement — although participants are calling it a worthy test of their physical fitness — it’s instead something of a metaphor of taking steps forward in the fight to find a cure to leukemia and lymphoma.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2019 4:48:13 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 01 Jan 2019 12:48:13 GMT

House burns down in Prosser while under construction
A house burned down in Prosser Tuesday morning while it was still being built. West Benton Fire Rescue responded to the home at Emick Lane and Nunn Road by the Prosser Airport around 5:15 a.m. The building was fully involved by the time the call came in. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2019 6:37:08 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019 02:37:08 GMT

Marysville Fire District firefighters graduate academy
PHOTO - Five Marysville Fire District recruits graduated Dec. 21 from the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy. Firefighters Tyler Goarck, Dylan Lowery, Chase Milless, Daniel Pascoe and Benjamin Williams completed 14 weeks of training. All five firefighters will return to Marysville to continue their training as probationary firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2019 1:05:11 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 01 Jan 2019 21:05:11 GMT

2 found dead in fire that burned home housing marijuana grow in south Seattle
Two people were found dead in a fire that burned a home housing a marijuana grow in south Seattle Monday morning. A witness called 911 to report the fire in the 9200 block of Spear Place South around 5:45 a.m., according to Hilton Almond with Seattle Fire. Firefighters arrived to find huge flames on the south end of the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 31 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Retired Spokane Valley Fire Captain dies of job-related cancer
The Spokane Valley Fire Department says retired Captain, Tim Cruger, died on Monday following a battle with firefighting related cancer. Cruger served the department for over 29 years, beginning in June of 1986. In a Facebook post on Friday, the department shared that Cruger was a second generation firefighter, who spent the majority of his career proudly serving the citizens of the Spokane Valley from Station 7 on Evergreen Road.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2018 9:07:19 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sat, 29 Dec 2018 17:07:19 GMT

Here’s what happened at What-Comm emergency dispatch when other 911 lines went down
Most of Whatcom County didn’t lose 911 service Thursday and dispatchers continued to operate Friday despite a widespread outage that affected several U.S. states, including Washington. According to Associated Press, a nationwide CenturyLink outage disrupted 911 services in parts of Western Washington.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2018 6:38:46 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Sat, 29 Dec 2018 14:38:46 GMT

Man fatally struck by several cars as he tried to dart across I-5 near Stanwood
A 35-year-old man was killed as he tried to cross I-5 near Stanwood Sunday evening. It was around 6 p.m. when the man was seen entering the freeway around milepost 213 and then running across the southbound lanes. He was first struck by a southbound Volkswagen Jetta, then two more cars, according to Trooper Heather Axtman.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 31 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

FCC announces investigation into CenturyLink failure that led to massive 911 outage
As a critical network outage by CenturyLink lingered into a second day, still leaving several cities across Western Washington without reliable 911 service, the chairman of the FCC has announced a federal investigation. “When an emergency strikes, it’s critical that Americans are able to use 911 to reach those who can help," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Friday.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

As people tear down holiday decor, Yakima firefighters preparing for more accidental falls
People are now starting to take down their inflatable Santas, Christmas lights, and other holiday decorations and are starting to say hello to the new year. Yakima City Manager Cliff Moore says he's heard horror stories of people falling and urges you to make sure you to pick a day were it's not icy out and arrange to have someone helping you so that you aren't at risk of getting hurt.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 11:17:26 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018 07:17:26 GMT

Fire crews respond to manufactured home fire in Spokane Valley
Multiple area Fire Departments responded to a structure fire in Spokane Valley on Wednesday evening. Eleven units from Spokane Valley Fire and one from Spokane County Fire District 8 responded to the fire that was reported just after 7:30 p.m. on the 18600 block of E. Courtland Ave. It was initially reported that two people were trapped in a bedroom and the manufactured home was fully involved in fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 4:39:51 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:39:51 GMT

Arsonist sets 2 Molotov Cocktail-type devices afire against Poulsbo bank
Arson investigators are trying to determine who tried to set fire to a bank in Poulsbo Thursday morning. Officers received a call around 7:30 a.m. stating there was smoke coming from behind the Kitsap Bank on 7th Avenue, according to Chief Dan Schoonmaker with Poulsbo Police. Firefighters and officers arrived to find a smoking device and it was quickly extinguished.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 3:20:03 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 23:20:03 GMT

Put the Happy Back in Your Holidays: Spokane firefighters urge throwing out your dry, fresh Christmas tree
Christmas is behind us, but do you still have your Christmas tree up? If you have a fresh tree in your home, it is time to throw it out. Those dried out branches could help fuel a fire inside your house. Hundreds of house fires across the country are caused by Christmas trees. Many of them, because they are dry fuel sitting right in your living room.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 6:39:08 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018 02:39:08 GMT

After 11 years of her dream job, Tacoma fire boat pilot Kristina Stringer is retiring
To pay for college, Stringer worked on a fishing boat in Alaska. It’s this formative experience, Stringer says, that directly led to the adventure she’s spent the last 11 years pursuing in Tacoma, what she calls her “dream job.” She is the second-most senior fire boat pilot for the Tacoma Fire Department, meaning she’s one of just five firefighters capable of captaining Tacoma Fire’s two primary response boats — the Destiny and the Defiance.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 1:41:34 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:41:34 GMT

Occupants Escape East Wenatchee House Fire
A double wide manufactured home near 4th Street SE and Kentucky in East Wenatchee was badly damaged in a fire Wednesday morning. Cam Phillips, Assistant Chief for Douglas County Fire District #2 said the manufactured home had no working smoke detectors and one of the occupants was awakened by the heat generated by the fire “So they were very fortunate.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2018 9:08:13 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 05:08:13 GMT

Firefighters, utility respond to smell of gas at Clark County daycare
Emergency responders were dispatched to a Sifton area daycare Thursday morning due to a smell of gas. Firefighters responded to 7715 N.E. 119th Place about 7:55 a.m. for a hazmat investigation. The business listed at the address is Orchards KinderCare. Arriving fire crews reported that they did not smell gas.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 8:30:35 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 16:30:35 GMT

Family in limbo after suspected arson in Spokane's Logan neighborhood leaves home in ruins
Some of the best parts of Devan Howe-Kizzar’s life are flammable. The books, blankets, teddy bears and clothes. Baby photos and birth certificates. Dressers and bed frames. Purses and wallets. Money, car keys, her daughter’s birthday present – all reduced to a sprawling wave of blackened ash, with the occasional jagged edge from a piece of furniture.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2018 2:00:47 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 10:00:47 GMT

Victim identified in fatal Lake Wenatchee house fire
A 71-year-old woman died in a Christmas Eve residential fire on the Fish Lake shore, in an incident that remains under investigation. Christine A. Humphreys was killed in the fire, which broke out at 9:20 a.m. Monday, while her husband and son escaped. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris, who identified Humphreys on Wednesday, said an autopsy this week would attempt to determine the precise cause of death.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2018 4:55:00 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:55:00 GMT

Camas-Washougal Fire staffing, funding decision on hold
Camas city councilors approved the city’s biennial 2019-2020 budget at their Dec. 17 meeting but will have to wait until January to make a decision on funding additional positions in the Camas-Washougal Fire Department. During the budget process, Camas councilors have discussed the possibility of adding four firefighters and a deputy marshal or fire inspector to the department.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2018 2:42:15 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 25 Dec 2018 22:42:15 GMT

Everett woman braves apartment fire to help save others
On Monday, Bekka Gilbert escaped a two-alarm fire at her Everett apartment complex. “I’m hearing my roommates scream, 'Get out! Get out! There’s a fire! There’s a fire!' ” said Gilbert, outside her parents' house in Marysville. After initially escaping the blaze, Bekka said she went back into the smoke to help save others.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2018 6:03:19 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 26 Dec 2018 14:03:19 GMT

Arson blamed for early morning fires in Seattle's Fremont area
Arson is to blame for two early morning fires set with two blocks of each other in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, and at least one business owner has video proof. The largest fire was reported at 3:46 a.m. Monday in the alley behind the Red Star Taco Bar and the Habitude Salon and Spa in the 500 block of North 36th Street.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2018 5:50:13 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 25 Dec 2018 01:50:13 GMT

Cooking oil fire causes $100,000 damage to apartment in West Valley
Firefighters battled a blaze early Christmas Eve morning at an apartment building in West Valley. Fire officials were called at 12:21 a.m. to reports of a structure fire at a four-unit apartment building at 407 S. 81st Ave., according to a Yakima Fire Department news release. A resident in one of the apartments was cooking with a pan of oil on the stove when the fire started and escaped with minor burns to her hands, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2018 12:46:44 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 24 Dec 2018 20:46:44 GMT

Displaced Spokane family focuses on silver lining after Christmas morning house fire
P.J. Farrell had a lot to look forward to on Christmas morning. Getting home, waking up his kids, seeing the excitement wash away the tired in their eyes, and watching as they opened the tightly wrapped presents underneath the family tree. But instead, at about 5 a.m., as he was finishing up his shift as a part-time newspaper courier for The Spokesman-Review, he got a phone call from his wife, Melinda: The house is on fire, come home now.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2018 2:10:25 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 25 Dec 2018 22:10:25 GMT

Olympia Firefighter Dies After Heart Attack At Yelm Fire Scene
A volunteer fire captain with East Olympia Fire District 6 passed Sunday, Dec. 16 after suffering a medical emergency while on-site at a Yelm structure fire. John Ostergard, a captain with East Olympia Fire District 6, was on-site Friday night at a structure fire in the Bald Hills area when he collapsed from an apparent cardiac arrest, said Mark King, fire chief for Southeast Thurston Fire Authority.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2018 1:05:44 PM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018 21:05:44 GMT

Seattle EMT strike on hold as ambulance company agrees to continue bargaining
A strike of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) planned for Friday is on hold as the company and union prepare for a last-minute bargaining meeting Thursday night. The EMTs work for the private ambulance company American Medical Response (AMR), which contracts with the city of Seattle to provide some ambulance service.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2018 6:12:28 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:12:28 GMT

Wahkiakum County: Grinch steals vital lifesaving equipment
Thieves entered Station Two of Wahkiakum County Fire District Three last week, making off in the night with Ambulance 311 and vital lifesaving equipment pilfered from the station. Fire District Commissioner Mark Letham said the theft probably occurred between 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, and before dawn Wednesday, Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2018 6:22:30 PM - SOURCE: Chinook Observer
Posted on Fri, 21 Dec 2018 02:22:30 GMT

Strong winds topple trees, cause power outages in Skagit County
A wind storm Thursday is knocking down trees, poles and power lines throughout Skagit County. Wind speeds in some areas in Western Washington reached into the 70 mph range, according to the National Weather Service's Seattle office. At about 3 p.m., the weather service reported wind gusts had peaked and that lighter winds are expected for the evening.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2018 2:44:02 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018 22:44:02 GMT

As EMT strike looms, Seattle ambulance company brings in out-of-state replacement workers
Days before they plan to strike demanding better pay, some Seattle emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are arriving at work to find out-of-state replacement workers conducting ride-alongs to learn their way around the city’s emergency-response system. The workers, flown in from California, Texas and other states, are meant to temporarily replace local unionized EMTs who plan to strike Friday at noon.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Spokane fire officials can't determine if arson caused hotel parking garage fire
City officials have ended an investigation into a November parking garage fire near Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and were unable to determine if the building burned from arson, because it was too damaged for investigators to enter safely. Michele Anderson, spokesperson for the Spokane Fire Department, said the building, at 675 S.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2018 8:19:43 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:19:43 GMT

Benton County Fire District #4 in the process of buying land for new fire station
After a bond approval for Benton County Fire District #4, the money is making some headway for a new station. Currently a piece of property in West Richland is in escrow and the district is also waiting on a text amendment. Two acres of land near Van Giesen Street and Keene Road is expected to be sold by the Port of Kennewick.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2018 4:42:08 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:42:08 GMT

Quincy City Council approves $73.6 million 2019 budget
The City of Quincy passed a $73.6 million budget for 2019, including $24 million for continued work on the city’s industrial waste water treatment and reuse system. “We’ve gone through the budget, gone over it tooth and nail,” said Quincy City Administrator Tim Snead. After several days of meetings to hammer out the 2019 budget, which is large for a town of 8,000 people, council members unanimously approved the budget with virtually no discussion.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2018 5:48:39 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018 13:48:39 GMT

3 injured as semi trucks collide in Tacoma
Two people were injured when two semi trucks collided in Tacoma Wednesday morning. Witnesses tell troopers one truck was heading from north I-5 onto I-705 when it hopped the curb dividing the lanes and crossed over on to the ramp from SR-7 to I-705. That truck was then struck by a red semi truck heading on the SR-7 ramp.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2018 10:52:36 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 19 Dec 2018 18:52:36 GMT

Opportunity knocks again for Arlington's new fire chief
For Dave Kraski, his foray into firefighting began with a knock at the door. The Arlington High School graduate was working for United Parcel Service in the early 1990s, and Fire Station 47 opened near Arlington Airport to serve residents in new neighborhoods nearby like his own in The Woodlands and Gleneagle.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2018 10:04:04 PM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Wed, 19 Dec 2018 06:04:04 GMT

Fire West of Chehalis Displaces Two People
Two people were displaced after their residence in 100 block of Meadow Drive west of Chehalis caught fire Tuesday morning. Nobody was injured and the two occupants made it out safely, thanks to smoke alarms. According to a press release from Lewis County Fire District 6, at around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, dispatch got a call from one of the house’s occupants, saying they awoke to find a bathroom ceiling fan caught fire and was spreading to the roof.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2018 9:37:33 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:37:33 GMT

Firefighters rescue man, dog from house fire Monday night in Kelso
Firefighters rescued a man and his dog from a house fire in the 300 block of Northwest Second Avenue in Kelso Monday night. Crews from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and the Longview Fire Department responded to the one-story house around 9 p.m. Neighbors and police officers reported that there was still a man inside, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2018 5:33:55 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:33:55 GMT

Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild gives fire district funds for software
The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild recently donated Clallam County Fire District No. 3 funds to buy a software upgrade that officials say will improve the district’s quality assurance and improvement methods. At the guild’s annual Christmas appreciation luncheon on Dec. 13, Guild President Nancy McGovern presented the fire district with a $36,000 check from the guild’s thrift shop to purchase First Pass Performance Improvement Software.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2018 7:16:24 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:16:24 GMT

Tulalip Fire brings Santa to neighborhoods
The Tulalip Bay Fire Department decorated one of their fire engines with Christmas lights and brought Santa out to local neighborhoods as part of their annual Santa Run. The tradition was held on Dec. 14, 15 and 16 this year and serves as a way to spread holiday cheer and as a food drive. “Besides the weather, the first day went really well,” said Patrick Dinneen, a Tulalip Bay firefighter and one of the main organizers of this year’s event.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2018 2:42:59 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:42:59 GMT

Lewis County Fire Officials Concerned by Fatal House Fires, Divulge Best Safety Practices
Lewis County has in the last few years experienced what one fire official called an unusually high number of fire-related deaths. Eleven people died in Lewis County house fires between 2015, 2016 and 2017, and among them there were three triple-fatality fires, bucking a trend that says most fatal fires result in one death.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2018 10:57:52 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:57:52 GMT

SOS Printings former owner dies in wreck on South Discovery Road in Port Townsend
A 66-year-old man is dead after the vehicle he was driving left the road and hit a tree. Daniel Huntingford of Port Townsend was pronounced dead at the scene Monday afternoon. The single-vehicle wreck occurred on South Discovery Road near Olympic Boulevard, just south of the intersection with Cape George Road.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2018 6:53:24 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 18 Dec 2018 02:53:24 GMT

East Olympia firefighter remembered as devoted volunteer
A longtime volunteer with East Olympia Fire District 6 who suffered a medical emergency while responding to a fire Friday is being remembered as a devoted firefighter. John Ostergard was a volunteer fire captain and president of the Washington State Firefighters Association. He was a volunteer firefighter with East Olympia for 27 years, said Chief Warren Peterson.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2018 5:40:47 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Tue, 18 Dec 2018 01:40:47 GMT

Semi-truck catches fire in parking lot outside Pasco
A semi-truck caught fire on Monday at a transportation business outside Pasco. The truck was fully involved in the parking lot of the business at 7223 Railroad Ave. around 8:30 a.m., according to Franklin County Fire District 3. It appears the truck was empty with no trailer attached when it caught fire after being parked in the lot.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2018 4:30:19 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:30:19 GMT

No Injuries In Spanaway House Fire Monday: Central Pierce Fire & Rescue
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue quickly knocked down a residential fire near Spanaway Lake High School Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported. The fire broke out at a home about a quarter-mile away from the school, at the intersection of 168th Street and 10th Avenue east. Central Pierce Fire & Rescue's spokesperson announced the fire on Twitter around 1:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lakewood Patch
Posted on Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Shop, motor home burn in fire on Rainier Road in Yelm
A Saturday morning fire destroyed a shop, which was doubling as a residence, as well as a motor home on Rainier Road Southeast, according to the SE Thurston Fire Authority in Yelm. Two people suffered minor burns, but they refused transportation to an area hospital, Chief Mark King said Sunday. About 8:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2018 12:49:46 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Sun, 16 Dec 2018 20:49:46 GMT

Fire engines roll down in style on West Richland streets for Operation Candy Cane
For 17 years, firefighters with Benton County Fire District #4 have been collecting food for families in need. They do things a little differently though. On Saturday night, they decorated their fire trucks with holiday lights and drove down four designated routes in West Richland, handing out candy canes in exchange for a non-perishable item.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2018 12:26:12 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 16 Dec 2018 20:26:12 GMT

3 hurt, driver trapped as car flips on I-5 off-ramp in Seattle
Three people were injured, including one seriously, after a car crashed on an off-ramp from I-5 in South Seattle Sunday night. The car was exiting the southbound lanes at Albro Place. South when the driver apparently lost control and went off the road to the right, rolling over onto the shoulder. One person inside was able to get out, but firefighters had to work for several minutes to get out the other two trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Firefighters rescue woman from burning SeaTac apartment
Firefighters rescued a woman her burning apartment Thursday morning in SeaTac, emergency officials said. Crews responded to the scene, an apartment complex in the 16700 block of 31st Avenue South, at about 7:20 a.m. after another resident there called to report a possible fire, said Kyle Ohashi of the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 2:45:51 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:45:51 GMT



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