Friday, February 22, 2013

Water rescue saves one person off Owen Beach

Incident Date:  2/15/13
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  6101 N. Owen Beach Rd.
Incident Type:  Water Rescue

Narrative:  Firefighters from Station 13 rescued an exhausted man from Commencement Bay last Friday afternoon.  After arriving at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park for an unrelated 9-1-1 call, the Ladder 3 crew spotted a man swimming in the water near an overturned canoe.  The man’s daughter swam out to help him get the canoe back to the beach, but the two were unable to do so by themselves. 

As the Ladder 3 crew assembled equipment to assist from shore, the man began struggling to keep his head above water, submerging several times.  Firefighter Annie Craig then entered the water and swam to the victim.  With the assistance of his daughter, Firefighter Craig towed the man about 40 feet back to shore, where he was medically evaluated, re-warmed, and then released at the scene.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Apartment fire contained to unit of origin

Incident Date: 2/21/13
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 3005 S. 47th Street
Incident: Type:  Apartment Fire

Narrative:  At 4:29 p.m. firefighters from stations 1,2,7,8,9,11, and 17 responded to a reported apartment fire at the Cedar Court Apartment Complex.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke showing from a second floor apartment unit.  Firefighters worked quickly to knock down the fire that originated in the kitchen area, ventilated the smoke, and confirmed that no one was inside the unit or adjacent units.  There were no injuries to report.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Update: The cause of the fire was the accidental ignition of combustibles left on the stove top, resulting in an estimated $18,000 damage to the apartment and its contents.

Fire Incidents 2/21/13

Time: 7:29 a.m.
Address:  3114 River Rd E. Central Pierce
Response: Station 11
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  Prohibited outdoor burn of yard waste in a burn pit.

: 8:10 a.m.
Address:  3602 N. 12th Street
Response: Station 1,2,4,8,9,13,14,16
Damage Estimate: Undetermined
Narrative:  Firefighters responded to a reported fire in commercial occupancy.  Upon investigation, the first arriving engine company found a furnace air filter had caught fire.  The fire was put out by the occupants with a dry-chemical extinguisher.  The fire was limited to the air filter and electronic components.  Crews confirmed the fire was out and ventilated the building. 

Time: 9:13 a.m.
Address:  220 S. 59th St
Response: Station 8
Damage Estimate: $500
Narrative:  Fire in the engine compartment of a motor vehicle (car).

Time: 2:13 p.m.
Address:  3520 N. 7th Street
Response: Station 9
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  Prohibited outdoor burn of old construction materials.   

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fire Incidents 2/19/13

Time: 2:06 a.m.
Address:  1624 72nd St E Central Pierce
Response: Station 15
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  Firefighters found a large volume of white smoke coming from behind a strip mall.  Upon further investigation it was determined to be a prohibited outdoor burn at a residence behind the strip mall.  

Time: 9:11 a.m.
Address:  8001 S. "J" Street
Response: Station 2,7,8,11,63,68 
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  A box of combustibles was set on top of a convection oven in the school kitchen at Baker Middle School, and eventually got hot enough to ignite.  A teacher extinguished the fire with a dry chemical extinguisher.  A manual pull station was activated by staff and the school was evacuated.  Crews confirmed that the fire was out, checked for fire extension, and reset the pull station and alarm system.  

Time: 6:12 p.m.
Address:  5827 S. Pine Street
Response: Station 2,7,8,10
Damage Estimate: $93
Narrative:  Crews arrived to find a small fire under a couch where it had been sitting on an electrical cord that was connected to extension cord.   The weight of the couch caused the cord to overheat and ignite.  Crews removed the couch, ventilated the building and educated the homeowner to the dangers of "piggy backing" multiple power strips and extension cords. 

Time: 7:08 p.m.
Address:  2525 20th St E
Response: Station 12
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  Firefighters used a booster line to extinguish burning newspapers on the shoulder of a road.   

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fire Incidents for 2/15-2/18

Date: 2/15
Time: 2:35 a.m.
Address: E. 65th & E. "M" Street
Response: Station 2,8,11,15
Damage Estimate: $3,000
Narrative:  Car fire resulting from rollover motor vehicle accident.  

: 2/15

Time: 4:41 p.m. 
Address: 5942 S. Sheridan Ave
Response: Station 8
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  Prohibited burning of yard debris.

: 2/15
Time: 11:13 p.m. 
Address: 902 Fawcett Ave
Response: Station 1
Damage Estimate: $603
Narrative:  Firefighters extinguished a small oven fire. 

: 2/16
Time: 5:02 p.m. 
Address: 1509 S. 38th Street
Response: Station 1,2,4,8,10,11,12,15
Damage Estimate: $5,000
Narrative:  Firefighters responded to a reported garage fire.  First arriving crews found heavy flames and smoke showing from the one story concrete block garage.  Crews extinguished the fire and protected nearby structures. The cause of the fire was determined to be suspicious.  

: 2/16
Time: 7:29 p.m. 
Address: 4821 N. 15th Street 
Response: Station 9
Damage Estimate: $100
Narrative:  Crews extinguished small wood stove chimney fire.

: 2/17
Time: 4:01 p.m. 
Address: 5410 12th Street E. Fife 
Response: Station 1,2,3,4,8,11,12
Damage Estimate: $12,500
Narrative Firefighters responded to a reported commercial structure fire.  The buildings automatic sprinkler system activated, extinguishing the fire before it extended into the 31,360 square foot warehouse.  A fire investigator determined that a portable space heater overheated and caught fire.  

: 2/17
Time: 7:39 p.m. 
Address: 4307 S. Cedar Street 
Response: Station 2,7,8,11,17
Damage Estimate: $286
Narrative:  Overheated cooking oil ignited and damaged the stove top.

: 2/17
Time: 6:48 p.m. 
Address: 3851 E. Spokane Street 
Response: Station 11
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  Prohibited outdoor fire. 

: 2/18
Time: 12:41 p.m. 
Address: 6208 S. Mason Ave 
Response: Station 7
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative Prohibited burning of yard waste. 

: 2/18
Time: 2:41 p.m. 
Address:  5909 S. Cushman Ave
Response: Station 8
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative Prohibited burning of yard waste.