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VRFA Blotter: House fire rescue, lethargic drug user, vehicle accident & more


Here are 911 Calls for Service responded to by the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) from April 1–7, 2024:

  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Monday, April 1st at 1:46 a.m., VRFA firefighters responded to an adult male feeling lethargic after ingesting an unknown quantity of drugs. Upon arrival, crews carefully assessed the patient’s condition on the scene. The patient was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center via private ambulance.
  • Residential Fire: (Federal Way) On Tuesday, April 2nd at 2:40 p.m., VRFA firefighters, alongside South King Fire and Puget Sound Fire, responded to a residential fire with exposures. Upon arrival, the primary building was engulfed in flames, posing a threat to a neighboring home and nearby vegetation. Firefighters worked together to protect the exposed residence and extinguished the spreading brush fire. Two individuals received treatment for smoke inhalation and were transported by Tri-Med Ambulance for further medical attention.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Thursday, April 4th at 12:00 a.m., VRFA firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a single vehicle. A woman was injured and laying on the side of the road after crawling out of the wreckage. She was treated by VRFA firefighters and King County Medic One paramedics and transported to Harborview Medical Center for continued care.
  • Aid Call: (South Auburn) On Thursday, April 4th at 3:55 p.m., VRFA firefighters assisted an elderly female complaining of general weakness. The patient was evaluated by firefighters and transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance for further treatment.
  • Residential Fire: (Auburn) On Friday, April 5th, 2024, at 1:54 p.m., VRFA firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire with citizen reports of heavy fire involvement. Upon arrival, firefighters quickly assessed the scene, finding a small single-family residence engulfed in flames, with thick smoke billowing from the structure. Crews deployed hose lines and began applying water to the blaze. Firefighters conducted a rescue operation, successfully extracting a single occupant from a first-floor bedroom, while all other occupants had already evacuated before the fire department’s arrival. Despite the intense heat and challenging conditions, firefighters continued their efforts, extinguishing the fire, overhauling hot spots, and salvaging the remaining property. The intensity of the blaze even melted the siding of an adjacent home. Within 40 minutes of arrival, firefighters contained the fire. While there were no injuries to firefighters, two residents sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for evaluation and monitoring. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
  • SWFA: (Auburn) On Saturday, April 6th, at 9:00 a.m., VRFA firefighters responded to a sprinkler water flow alarm inside an apartment building. VRFA crews were attending to an EMS call at the same location. Upon investigation, firefighters identified a leaking pipe as the cause of the alarm activation. Building maintenance personnel were able to stop the leaking pipe, and maintenance staff reset the fire alarm.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Sunday, April 7th, at 8:47 a.m., VRFA firefighters responded to assist a young female experiencing complications related to an ongoing cardiac condition. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the patient in critical condition, needing additional in-field examination. King County Medic One Paramedics provided advanced life support to the patient before transport. Tri-Med Ambulance provided a nurse car for transportation to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
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