Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Tried and True" recipe for a safe Thanksgiving 2013

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many occurring on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year!

Tacoma Fire Department encourages everyone to follow this "tried and true" recipe for a safe holiday.

When it comes to cooking:
  • Keep a close watch on your cooking. Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Keep oven food packaging and combustibles away from burners and heat sources.
  • Heat cooking oil slowly and watch it closely; it can ignite quickly.
  • Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three-feet around the stove.
  • Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarms.

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Electrical failure sparks boat fire in the Thea Foss

    Incident Date:  11/24/13
    Issuing Officer:  BC Jim Zuluaga & Joe Meinecke
    Incident Location:  821 Dock Street
    Incident Type:  Boat Fire

    Narrative:  At 8:36 PM, Firefighters from station 1,2,4,9 and 14 responded to the Thea Foss Waterway for a reported boat fire.

    The first arriving company found a fully involved fire in the cabin area of a 39' flying bridge cabin cruiser. Crews made a quick attack to knock the fire down and were able to contain the fire to the boat of origin. There were no injuries to report and one occupant was displaced in the incident.

    The cause of the fire was an electrical failure in the connection to shore power ignited combustible paneling on the boat. The fire resulted in an estimated $78,000 damage to the vessel and its contents.