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Friday, June 23, 2017

Spokane: Emergency crews converge on Monroe Street Bridge after man spotted swimming in river

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.
Spokane Spokesman-Review

Pedestrian struck, killed by freight train in Kent

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.

Update: Vancouver 7-Eleven fire started by 4-year-old with lighter

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.
Vancouver Columbian

West Pierce firefighters give kittens oxygen after fire

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.

New Asotin County Firework Ordinance now in effect

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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

One person dead in house fire near Moses Lake Golf Course

One person is dead following an early morning house fire near Moses Lake. Grant County Fire District #5 was called to the home at around 7:30 a.m. on Fairway Drive Northeast near the Moses Lake Golf Course. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, and firefighters say while battling the blaze they found the body of a person inside the home. At this time, the deceased has not been identified, but it is believed to be the person who lived in the home. Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison will conduct an autopsy and confirm the identity of the person. The Grant County Fire Marshal and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.
KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane

Semi truck driver killed in fiery crash with freight train in Benton Co.

A truck driver has died after a freight train slammed into his semi-trailer rig as it was crossing tracks in Eastern Washington. Emergency personnel responded to the scene, near Plymouth in Benton County, at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports of a train derailment. Officials told KEPR-TV News that responders found what was left of a semi attached to the first train engine in flames. Medics found the driver, 66-year-old Ronald Slagg, to be critically injured. He was airlifted to the hospital but died from his injuries Wednesday evening.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

30 Acres Burn Near Tampico Threatens Homes Before Flames Are Doused

A Brush fire threatened homes near Tampico on Wednesday as firefighters worked to get the nearly 30 acre fire under control. Firefighters were able to douse the flames late Wednesday but not before the fire threatened about 10 homes about 3 and a half miles Northeast of Tampico. Firefighters from 7 different departments battled the flames with the help of helicopters and planes. The firefighters remained on the scene late Wednesday. The cause is under investigation. No injuries were reported and no structures burned.
KIT 1280-AM & 99.3-FM

’It exploded in my hands’: Graphic photos show danger of legal fireworks

New research from Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington shows legal fireworks are almost as dangerous as the illegal type. Michael Spencer, a pilot, lost several fingers and underwent 11 surgeries at Harborview to repair damage caused when a legal shell-and-mortar-style firework exploded in his hand as he was celebrating the July 4th holiday in Montana. "I lit the fuse, I held it above my head, and it detonated in the tube ... and exploded in my hands," he says. "I lost my ring finger, I lost the tip of middle finger, and I lost the thumb off of my left hand," he says. But that's not all. "I damaged my thumb on my right hand severely," he continues. "I lost my index finger and the tip of my middle finger on my right hand."
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

Vacant Yakima house determined unlivable following fire

A Yakima house is now unlivable after a fire blazed through the back yard and back side of the building. Firefighters went to the house located at the 1400 block of Fairbanks Avenue and found flames coming from all of the windows and a door on the back of the house around 4:07 a.m., June 21. Officials with the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) said piles of refuse in the back yard had also caught fire. Fire crews experienced an added level of danger as power lines were knocked down and arcing at the scene according to reports.

Active shooter drill brings Airway Heights first responders together

First responders in Airway Heights participated in an active shooter drill at Sunset Elementary Wednesday. The exact scenario they encountered was a surprise to them. Multiple first responder participated in the drill. That included members of the Airway Heights Fire Department, Airway Heights Police Department, American Medical Response, Fire District 10, Cheney School District, Eastern Washington University Police and Fairchild Air Force Base began the drill at 8:30 a.m. The City of Airway Heights assembled a team of experts for the event. Officials said this moved beyond classroom training for professionals to offer an opportunity to actively participate in an emergency scenario in a school environment. First responders worked to create a local plan for survival and post-event recovery.

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