A man drew heavy emergency crew presence to the Monroe Street Bridge Thursday morning after he was spotted swimming in the fast-moving Spokane River.
Emergency crews at American Medical Response and the Spokane Fire Department were called at about 8:20 a.m. to the area just west of the Monroe Street Bridge, where they found a man in his shorts, with no shirt, perched on top of a large boulder overlooking the water.
He apparently told rescue workers that he saw a woman and a baby in the water, but the investigation into the river didn’t turn up any results, said Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer. He said it was likely that the man was suffering form a mental illness.
“His story was not credible,” Schaeffer said.
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a freight train Friday morning in Kent, officials said.
The deadly accident took place at about 6 a.m. near the Willis Street crossing. The train was heading north toward Everett, carrying a load of big empty tubs, when it struck a man who was on the tracks, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas.
All train service along the route, including the Sounder South Line commuter train, was shut down for about two hours after the accident as police investigated. All service is now back to normal.
The circumstances leading up to the accident remain under investigation. Police say they have no information so far about why the man was on the tracks.
A 4-year-old boy who found a lighter then wandered off when his mom wasn’t watching started the fire that gutted a 7-Eleven in the uptown Vancouver area June 14, according to investigators.
Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said the boy’s mother was talking to the store clerk when the boy found a long-neck lighter in the store, walked off and then lit some items in the store aisles on fire.
No one was hurt, but the fire shut down traffic around the store, 102 W. Fourth Plain Blvd., that evening and did about $310,000 in damage.
No formal charges have been recommended for anyone, Scarpelli said, but the Vancouver Fire Department and the county’s juvenile justice system are working together in helping the boy and his family through the department’s youth fire setter intervention program.
A fire crew from West Pierce Fire & Rescue gave a little of kittens oxygen after ensuring all residents and pets were out of a burning home.
The crew was called to a house fire in the 9800 block of Forest Avenue SW in Lakewood at 6 a.m. Thursday. Crews arrived to find flames visible from the house and all occupants out of the home.
No one was hurt.
Five kittens in the home were given oxygen by firefighters as a precaution. Pierce fire says they are all doing well and were not hurt.
The Red Cross is helping the family who were displaced after the fire.
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The Fourth of July is right around the corner, but with the fun and celebration comes some rules and regulations.
A year ago, Asotin County passed a new ordinance to help cut down on confusion, by creating a countywide standard for when and how long fireworks can be used. That ordinance is now in effect and officials will be enforcing it. The days and hours people were allowed to light off fireworks around the Fourth of July used to vary city-to-city, but last year Asotin County passed an ordinance to consolidate the rules and cut down on confusion. "The communities all got together and said we wanna be on the same page, and so, every one passed ordinances,” said Fire Chief Noel Hardin, Asotin County Fire District #1.