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Monday, April 14, 2014

Propane explosion sends two patients to area hospital

Incident Date:  4/14/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  1041 S. 88th St
Incident Type:  Explosion and fire

Narrative:  At 1:45 am, firefighters from stations 2, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 15 responded to a reported explosion and fire.

The first arriving company found a fire burning in the debris from an approximately 30-foot trailer located in the backyard of a single family residence. Crews quickly extinguished the fire. No adjacent structures were burned. One patient was transported from the scene to an area hospital. A second patient left the scene after the explosion. The second patient was later located and transported.

Fire investigators determined that the explosion was caused by propane gas from a portable tank venting into the enclosed trailer. The gas ignited when a person entered the trailer and turned on a heater. Despite initial reports, investigators found no evidence of a lab manufacturing methamphetamine.

The explosion and fire resulted in an estimated $7000 damage to the trailer and its contents.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BBQ sparks house fire in Southwest Tacoma

Incident Date:  3/25/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  4402 S. 73 St. Ct. 
Incident Type:  House Fire

Narrative:  At 12:13 pm, firefighters from stations 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, and 17 responded to a reported house fire.

The first arriving company found flames and smoke showing from the side and back of the two-story approximately 1,800 square foot house. Crews attacked the fire with handlines, ventilated the smoke and conducted a search to confirm no one was trapped inside the structure.

Two pet dogs perished in the fire and the Red Cross was requested to provide relocation assistance for the three adults that were displaced.

Fire investigators determined that the cause of the fire was a BBQ on the back porch ignited combustibles resulting in an estimated $71,500 to the building and its contents.





Wednesday, March 19, 2014

TFD announces Smoke Alarm Distribution Program

If you own a home in Tacoma, Fife or Fircrest and are in need of smoke alarms, we can help. The Tacoma Fire Department will install new smoke alarms with a 10 year battery life and also conduct a home fire safety check free of charge. 

Grant funding has provided our community with 1,000 smoke alarms and 75 smoke alarms with strobe lights designed for the hearing impaired. To schedule and installation appointment through August 2014, please call Fire and Life Safety Educator Marja Stowell at 253.973.9207, or email mstowell@cityoftacoma.org.
Firefighter Marja Stowell



Friday, March 14, 2014

Requests for Service - February 2014

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
February 
2014 (YTD)
2013 (YTD)
Fire
76
148
188
Emergency Medical
2,672
5,441
5,181
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
477
891
868
Total
3,225
 6,480
6,237
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Detached garage fire on N. Prospect

Incident Date:  3/11/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 614 N. Prospect St.
Incident Type: Garage Fire

Narrative:  At 8:50 a.m. Firefighters from stations 1, 2, 3, 4, 13 and 17 responded to a reported garage fire.

The first arriving company found smoke showing from a detached garage in the alley. Crews attacked the fire with handlines, vertically ventilated the structure and conducted a search to confirm no one was inside.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and there were no injuries to report.






Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pair of Northeast Tacoma Fires Overnight

Incident Date:  3/4/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  2602 64th Ave NE
Incident Type:  Residential Structure Fire

Narrative:  At 6:51 pm, Firefighters from stations 2, 3, 4, 8, 12 and 16 responded to a reported house fire.

The first arriving company found flames and smoke showing from the roof of the single story 1,140 square foot house. Crews commenced an aggressive interior attack with handlines, ventilated the structure and conducted a search to confirm no one was trapped inside. Firefighters were forced to withdraw from the structure as the roof began to collapse, but were eventually able to contain the blaze.

One patient was evaluated for injuries and released at the scene. The cause of the fire was undetermined, resulting in an estimated $95,000 damage to the building and its contents.

Incident Date:  3/4/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  3219 49th Ave NE
Incident Type:  Apartment Fire

Narration:  At 10:08 pm, firefighters from stations 1, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12, and 17 responded to a reported apartment fire.

The first arriving company found flames showing from an upper unit apartment in the two-story 3,400 square foot four-plex. Firefighters attacked the fire with handlines, vertically ventilated the building, and searched the apartments to confirm all occupants had escaped safely.

The Red Cross was requested for relocation assistance for the seven occupants displaced from the fire (all four-units).

The fire originated in a utility room that housed two hot water heaters and resulted in an estimated $150,000 dollars damage to the building and its contents.







Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Request for Service Report - January 2014

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
January 
2014 (YTD)
2013 (YTD)
Fire
72
72
96
Emergency Medical
2,769
2,769
2,792
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
414
414
475
Total
3,255
 3,255
3,363
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