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VRFA Blotter: gas leak, vehicle fire, car in river rescue & more


Here are 911 Calls for Service responded to by the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) from Feb. 26–Mar. 3, 2024:

  • Natural Gas Leak: (Lakeland Hills) On Monday, February 26th at 5:46 pm, VRFA firefighters responded to a reported gas leak in a residence. Upon arrival, Engine 333 found the occupant safely evacuated, reporting that their dog accidentally turned on the gas stove while they were away. The home emitted a strong odor of natural gas. Firefighters entered, established positive pressure ventilation, and utilized a 5-gas detector to ensure the residence was safe for the homeowner to re-enter.
  • Unknown Aid Call: (Auburn)On Tuesday, February 27th, at 12:22 p.m., VRFA firefighters responded to an unknown aid call. Upon arrival, they discovered an unresponsive adult male inside an apartment. The assessment confirmed opiate use, and firefighters administered Narcan, successfully reviving the individual. The patient was transported to a local hospital by private ambulance for further care.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Wednesday, February 28th at 7:31 p.m., VRFA firefighters responded to assist Auburn Police with a 120-gallon horizontal propane tank that was leaking and damaged at a Chevron gas station. Firefighters assessed the hazardous situation and promptly identified regulation devices. They were able to successfully shut down the leak, ensuring no further issues or danger to the surrounding area.
  • Passenger Vehicle Fire: (Auburn) On Thursday, February 29th at 4:46 p.m., VRFA firefighters responded along with Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority firefighters, to reports of a passenger vehicle fire on the shoulder of Eastbound Highway 18, West of SE 272nd St. Upon arrival, firefighters found a passenger vehicle engulfed in flames, primarily in the engine compartment and extending into the passenger compartment. With swift action, the team deployed a 1 3/4″ hose line and promptly extinguished the fire. The driver experienced some smoke inhalation and received an evaluation before being transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance for further care.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Friday, March 1st at 12:03 p.m., VRFA firefighters responded to a pendant activation. Upon arrival, an elderly female was discovered on the floor, having fallen and unable to get up. Fortunately, the woman only required assistance to get back on her feet and was not injured.
  • Rescue: (Auburn) On Saturday, March 2nd at 4:42 p.m., VRFA firefighters responded to a Zone 3 Rescue for a motor vehicle accident involving a car in the water. Crews engaged in extrication efforts to free the patients from the vehicle, which was partially submerged in the river. The patient received treatment from King County Medic One and was transported to a local hospital.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Sunday, March 3rd at 9:47 a.m., VRFA firefighters responded to an adult male with injuries from a fall. The patient received on-scene treatment and was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
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