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VRFA Blotter: Stroke, deadly fire, locked out on balcony, overdose & more


Here are 911 Calls for Service responded to by the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) from Feb. 12–Feb. 18, 2024:

  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Monday, February 12th at 7:23 a.m., VRFA firefighters were called to assist an adult female experiencing symptoms of a stroke, as reported by her family. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the patient in critical condition. Working with King County Medic One paramedics and Tri-Med ambulance, the patient was transported to Valley Medical Center, the nearest stroke center.
  • Electrical Fire: (Lea Hill) On Tuesday, February 13th at 4:36 p.m., VRFA firefighters were dispatched to a potential electrical fire. Upon arrival, residents reported sparks from a light bulb in the dining room and the furnace. Firefighters cut off the power at the breaker and determined there was no immediate fire threat. The homeowner arranged for an electrician to address and resolve the issue.
  • Automatic Fire Alarm: (Lakeland Hills) On Wednesday, February 14th at 5:29 p.m., VRFA firefighters responded to a residential fire alarm. No signs of smoke or flames were visible. Upon investigation, E333 noted evidence of a fire in a room that had been successfully contained and extinguished by an activated water sprinkler. An adult male was found in the affected room, sustaining injuries incompatible with life. The scene was secured and transferred to the Fire Marshal’s Office for further investigation.
  • Service Call: (Auburn) On Wednesday, February 14th at 7:16 a.m., VRFA firefighters responded to an adult female who was locked out of her second-floor apartment on the balcony. Firefighters were able to contact building maintenance who were able to let her back into her unit without incident.
  • Aid Call: (Lakeland Hills) On Thursday, February 15th at 3:23 p.m., VRFA firefighters attended to an adolescent mail experiencing an allergic reaction. The patient received evaluation and treatment from VRFA firefighters and King County Medic One paramedics and was transported to a local hospital by his mother.
  • Aid Call: (Lea Hill) On Friday, February 16th at 1:22 p.m., VRFA firefighters responded to an adult female experiencing confusion. After evaluation and treating the patient on the scene, she was transported to Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance for further care.
  • Overdose: (Auburn) On Saturday, February 17th at 7:20 p.m., VRFA firefighters attended to a male who had overdosed in his hotel room. Upon arrival, firefighters found the patient conscious, standing outside the location, and complaining of dizziness. The patient was evaluated and transported to Auburn Medical Center for additional treatment.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Sunday, February 18th at 8:45 a.m., VRFA firefighters responded to an adult male experience medical complications from an amputation. Upon arrival. Firefighters found the patient unable to care for himself and in need of treatment from the surgical site. The patient was transported by private ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma.
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