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VRFA Blotter: Unattended Cooking Causes $300k in Fire Damage

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The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 302 calls for service for the week of July 19-25, 2021. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 8,162 calls.  This is a 14.9% increase from 2020 (7,106).

Call Breakdown:

213 (71%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 6,120 up 15.8%, compared to 2020’s (5,284).

20 (7%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 31.3%, with 2021 having 277 calls and 2020 having 211.

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69 (23%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (9.6%), with 2021 currently at 1,765 calls compared to 2020’s 1,611. Other calls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

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VRFA Calls for Service

  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Monday, July 19 at 11:47 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a car intoa house. Firefighters arrived and found that the driver of an SUV had lost control, and her car went
    into the front yard of a house, damaging the landscaping
  • Commercial Vehicle Fire: On Tuesday July 20 at 1:19 p.m., firefighters responded to a commercial
    vehicle fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Wednesday, July 21 at 7:52 p.m., VRFA firefighters along with King County
    Medic One responded to a report of an unconscious 2-year-old. Personnel arrived at the home and
    found the patient unconscious and breathing. Both firefighters and medics treated the patient and
    he was transported to Valley Medical Center for further care.
  • Car vs. Pedestrian: (Auburn) On Thursday, July 22 at 1:51 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult
    male that was struck by a vehicle. The patient was found lying in the southbound lanes of Auburn
    Way North. He was evaluated and transported to a local hospital by the fire department.
  • Vehicle Accident: (Pacific) On Thursday, July 22 at 5:43 p.m., firefighters from the VRFA and South
    King Fire & Rescue responded to a vehicle accident on southbound 167. One middle-aged female
    patient with multiple injuries was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center by private ambulance.
  • Brush Fire: (Kent) On Friday, July 23 at 8:53 p.m., firefighters extinguished a 50 x 50 brush fire.
    Firefighters used foam and hand tools to mop up and stop the spread of the fire.
  • MVA: (Lakeland Hills) On Saturday, July 24 at 11:08 a.m., firefighters responded to a female struck
    by a pickup truck in a parking lot. The patient was treated by firefighters and transported to
    MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.
  • Building Fire:(Auburn) On Saturday, July 24, firefighters responded to a large commercial fire in
    the 100 block of East Main Street in Auburn. The fire was upgraded to a greater alarm. The building
    sustained heavy structural damage resulting in the displacement of 30 occupants upstairs, with five
    businesses affected. The fire cause remains under investigation.
  • Bark Fire: (Auburn) On Sunday, July 25 at 4:04 p.m., firefighters responded to a bark fire in a
    McDonald’s parking lot. On arrival, they found a small smoldering bark fire in a garden bed and
    extinguished it.

Fire Investigations

  • On Friday, 7/23/21, an accidental fire occurred in a single-family residence in the 200 block of O
    St NE in the City of Auburn. The fire was a result of unattended cooking and the home is
    sustained heavy damage. Dollar loss is estimated at $300,000.
  • On Saturday, 7/24/21, a large commercial fire occurred in the 100 block of East Main Street in
    the City of Auburn. The historic building sustained heavy structural damage resulting in the
    displacement of 30 occupants upstairs, with five businesses affected. The fire cause remains
    under investigation.

C.A.R.E.S.

  • C.A.R.E.S was unavailable for an update

The Community Assistance, Referrals, and Education Services (CARES) is a joint program between VRFA,  King County Emergency Medical Services division South King Fire & Rescue, Enumclaw, and Mountainview Fire and Rescue departments. Each CARES response vehicle is staffed 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. by one firefighter from each department and a social worker. The CARES unit is sent on less emergent calls in non-transport capable vehicles to provide basic patient evaluation, assistance, specific basic life support treatment on scene, and arrange for transport if medically necessary. CARES also referred patients to community services where needed.

The above information was provided by the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

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