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VRFA Blotter: Misuse of fireworks leads to forklift fire


Here are 911 Calls for Service responded to by the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) last week:

Forklift Fire: (Auburn) On Monday, June 26th at 10:13 p.m., firefighters responded to a forklift on fire behind a local business. Firefighters arrived to find the forklift fully involved in the fire. The forklift propane tank exploded and caused damage to a nearby vehicle. Firefighters extinguished the fire and the Fire Investigator found the cause to be the misuse of fireworks.


Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Tuesday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m., firefighters responded to a single-vehicle rollover. Firefighters and paramedics evaluated and treated two patients on the scene. Both patients were transported to a local hospital by private ambulances.

Residential Fire: (Federal Way) On Wednesday, June 28th at 6:26 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in Federal Way with units from South King Fire. Members of the ladder truck performed vertical ventilation, while other firefighters were tasked with supporting fire suppression. Battalion Chiefs assisted with command of the scene. The fire was successfully extinguished.

Boat Fire: (Auburn) On Wednesday, June 28th at 4:45 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to reports of smoke from the engine compartment of a trailered boat that was within three feet of a residence. On arrival, firefighters found a 38-foot recreational boat with light smoke from the rear of the vessel and a resident applying water with a garden hose. The crew opened the hatch to find no active fire but moderate smoke and residual heat. The area was ventilated and monitored to ensure full extinguishment; the cause is under investigation.

Illegal Burn: (Auburn) On Thursday, June 29th at 3:07 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of an illegal burn. At arrival firefighters found a resident burning trash in a barrel. Firefighters asked the resident to put out the trash fire and educated the resident about outdoor burning regulations.


Brush Fire: (Auburn) On Saturday, July 1st at 02:24:22 a.m., firefighters responded to a brushfire in an empty lot between two houses in between James Ave SE and Kennedy Ave SE. Firefighters arrived to find a 40’x20′ grass fire that was traveling uphill quickly. Firefighters extinguished the fire with hose lines and then overhauled the area. The cause of the fire was undetermined. Residents reported hearing and seeing fireworks being shot off around the time the fire started.

Brush Fire: (Auburn) On Saturday, July 1st at 5:57 p.m., firefighters responded to a brush fire in the area of Muckleshoot Bingo. Arriving firefighters found a one-acre brush fire extending into a nearby wooded area. A second-alarm wildland fire response with mutual fire departments was required to extinguish the fire. Cause of the brush fire was due to a passing motorist throwing fireworks out a vehicle window.

Residential Fire: (Auburn) On Sunday, July 2nd at 7:35 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire that had spread to the siding of the house prior to the first arriving fire engine. Crews quickly applied water to the lawn and home, preventing the fire from extending to the interior. The siding was removed in the affected area to ensure full extinguishment.

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