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VRFA Blotter: September 7-13, 2020

Below are just a few of the calls the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to for the week of August 17-23, 2020. VRFA firefighters responded to a total of 268 calls for service during this week. 192 were aid calls, 17 were fire calls, and 59 were categorized as other. Other calls include water rescues, HazMat calls, and ladder requests.

Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 8,798 calls. This is a 2.5% decrease from 2019 (9,026 calls). Total aid calls in 2020 so far are 6,520 (-2.9% compared to 2019’s 6,715). The number of fire calls is down by 9.1%, with 2020 having 291 calls and 2019 having 2320. The number of other calls is also down (.2%), with 2020 currently at 1,987 calls compared to 2019’s 1,991.

Wildfire Deployment Update:

The VRFA strives to help with the continuing wildfires while maintaining full staffing to serve our communities.

Deployment Update: Captain Ryan Chadwick has safely returned from fighting the Cold Springs/Pearl Hill fire in Eastern Washington where he worked on a team with two Renton RFA firefighters. One Battalion Chief remains deployed as part of a COVID-19 Health Unit assigned to the Dolan Fire in California. Two of VRFA firefighters left Monday to join a task force heading to help with the Oregon wildfires. One additional firefighter trained and certified in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) was also deployed to Oregon to assist with locating possible fire victims.

The short video clip from VRFA comes from one of the first nights of the Sumner Grade Fire, when our firefighters were called to assist.

(The above deployment report is a copy from a VRFA post.)

911 Calls for Service:

Residential Fire: (Federal Way) On Monday, September 7, at 11:27 p.m., firefighters responded to a mutual aid residential fire with South King Fire and Rescue. Units arrived to find a large amount of fire coming from the house with an exposure to the neighbor’s house. Ladder 331 checked for extension and found concealed fire in the porch soffit and upper floor walls. After extinguishing, L331 cleared with South King units remaining on scene. The fire is under investigation.
• House Fire: (Auburn) On Tuesday, September 8, at 3:29 a.m., firefighters responded to a mobile home fire. When firefighters arrived, the home was fully involved and spreading to a neighboring
home. Initial hose lines were placed to protect the neighboring home and the fire was quickly extinguished.
• Residential Fire: (Pacific) On Tuesday, September 8, at 3:51 p.m., fire fighters responded to reports of a single family home that was on fire. Once on location Engine 338 found heavy fire involvement
on floor two and E338 along with E432 took hose lines to floor two for fire attack, search and overhaul/salvage. The second floor was a total loss, fire burned through the roof, but valuables were saved/salvaged from the first floor. FM334 is investigating the origin/cause of the fire and the residence was turned over to the homeowner.
• Brush Fire: (Auburn) On Wednesday, September 9, at 7:21 p.m., firefighters responded to a brush fire with Mountain View Fire & Rescue firefighters already on location. A tree had fallen into the power lines and started the approx. 25 X 50 foot fire. VRFA personnel arrived on scene and
provided water supply, and assisted in overhauling the area. The scene was turned over to Puget Power for line repair.
• Live Wires: (Lea Hill) On Thursday, September 10, at 9:58 a.m., firefighters responded to reported brush fire caused by live electrical wires which detached from a home. Firefighters deployed
exposure hand line to protect the home until Puget Sound Energy de-energized the wire.
• Aid Call: (Auburn) On Friday, September 11, at 3:00 p.m., firefighters assisted an adult female complaining of feeling suicidal. She was transported to Multicare Auburn Medical Center for further
• Aid Call: (Auburn) On Saturday, September 12, at 3:45 p.m., firefighters responded to a 2-year-old male having a seizure. Firefighters were able to help stabilize the patient and worked with
paramedics on patient care. The patient was taken to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by the parents.
• Smoke Investigation: (Auburn) On Sunday, September 13, at 6:48 a.m., firefighters responded to a smoke investigation. On arrival found a 50’ x 50’ homeless encampment full involved. The fire was extinguished. The cause was accidental.

Fire Investigations: Investigators

  • On Monday, September 8, investigators responded to a residential fire in the 4200 block of A St SE in the City of Auburn. The fire caused complete destruction of the residence and displaced a family of 4. Red Cross was called to assist the family with shelter. The fire is undetermined at  this time and caused approximately $200,000 dollars in damage.
  •  On Tuesday, September 8, investigators responded to a residential fire in Pacific at White River Dr. The fire started in a bedroom on the second story and extended into the rest of the second
    story and the roof structure causing extensive fire and smoke damage throughout 80% of the residence. The fire is undetermined and displaced a family of three. Damage to the structure is  estimated at $200,000.
  •  On Tuesday, September 8, investigators responded to a residential fire in 290th block of 132nd Ave SE, in the City of Auburn. The fire originated in the kitchen of the home, caused approximately $50,000 in damage, and displaced the family.
  • On Saturday, September 12, investigators responded to a possible arson fire in the 3500 block
    of AWS, in the City of Auburn. The fire was located approximately 5 feet from a residence, causing vegetation damage and was called in by a passerby. Video of the scene shows a person of interest putting combustibles on an already lit fire two times and walking away. Evidence was collected and placed in APD custody. No damage estimate was given.


19 referrals
3 enrollments closed
4 new enrollments
11 responses
This week, CARES is very close to closing out a case that has been open for months. The patient will soon be moving to a skilled nursing facility where she will get the care she needs without calling the fire department to provide caregiving services. This case is one of several that have been extremely challenging and time-consuming. CARES has documented nearly 60 hours of case management time on this patient.

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