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Here are 911 Calls for Service responded to by the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) from Sept. 18–24, 2023:

  • Automatic Fire Alarm: (Auburn) On Monday, September 18th at 4:12 p.m. firefighters responded to the Copper Gate Apartments for a fire alarm. Upon investigation, the resident accidentally started a grease fire on the stove, which was extinguished by the overhead sprinkler system. Firefighters stopped the water flow, ventilated the fire unit, and assisted multiple other residents with water removal efforts.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Tuesday, September 19th at 9:10 a.m., firefighters responded to an adult female who suffered a small laceration to her lip after colliding with a plexiglass divider while riding on a Metro bus. The patient was evaluated and transported to a local emergency room for further care.
  • Overdose: (Auburn) On Wednesday, September 20th at 12:10 p.m., firefighters assisted a teenage girl complaining of anxiety after eating half a suspected marijuana edible an hour earlier. Her anxiety changed to laughter within 5 minutes of the firefighters being on the scene. Her mother arrived to take her home, declining transport to a local hospital.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Wednesday, September 20th at 6:54 p.m., firefighters responded to Mountainview Fire mutual aid for a motor vehicle accident between a motorcycle and a semi-truck. Fire crews arrived and performed CPR on the motorcycle rider who regained a pulse. Airlift landed at Station 96 to transport the patient to Harborview, but the patient went back into cardiac arrest, and paramedics were unable to resuscitate. The patient died in the field.
  • Smoke Investigation Outside: (Lea Hill) On Thursday, September 21st at 5:37 p.m., firefighters were called to a concern that there was a forest fire below Lea Hill, near the Green River. Firefighters quickly located the fire in a forested area off of the Green River where an unhoused community was burning garbage. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading. No damage or injuries occurred in this incident.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Thursday, September 21st at 9:14 a.m. firefighters responded to an adult male suffering from facial trauma after a possible assault. Firefighters evaluated the patient on scene and applied sterile dressings. The patient was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance for continued care.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Friday, September 23rd at 5:04 a.m., firefighters and King County Medics responded to a two-car head-on accident with multiple patients. Firefighters and King County Medics treated the patients on the scene. Two patients were flown to Harborview Medical Center by Airlift. One patient was transported to Harborview Medical Center by Medic 11. A private ambulance transported one patient to Valley Medical Center.
  • Residential Fire: (Lea Hill) On Friday, September 22nd at 10:44 a.m., firefighters were called to a house on fire with residents and neighbors attempting to reenter the home. Firefighters arrived to find a large amount of smoke coming from the back of the house. Firefighters were able to quickly gain access to the home and extinguish the fire. Fire crews confirmed that all occupants were out of the house and accounted for. Firefighters evaluated one occupant for minor smoke inhalation that was determined to be non-threatening. No injuries occurred during this incident. The fire remains under investigation.
  • Vehicle Rescue: (Algona) On Friday, September 22nd at 7:33 p.m., firefighters responded to a possible vehicle fire on West Valley Highway South. Algona and Pacific Police Officers arrived and provided initial scene control. Firefighters arrived to find a car off the road on fire with two unconscious patients in the front seats. Firefighters fought the fire as the patients were extricated. Both patients were flown to Harborview Medical Center by Airlift Northwest. One firefighter was transported with minor injuries to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
  • Vehicle Fire: (Auburn) On Sunday, September 24th at 9:21 a.m., firefighters responded to reports of a pickup truck on fire with exposure to a nearby building. Upon arrival, VRFA members removed a camping barbeque from the canopy of the pickup truck and extinguished the fire with no additional extension or damage. Auburn police were also on scene to assist the owner of the vehicle.
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