Fire Blotter | woman intentionally crashes into semi on SR 18; burning without permit; clearing trees blocking freeway

January 10th At 9:09am Snoqualmie Firefighters assisted North Bend Fire Department with a single-car accident on I-90.

At 10am Snoqualmie Firefighters assisted other units with a confined chimney fire, pulling ceiling and facia on the exterior of the structure away from the fire.

January 11th At 10:05am Snoqualmie Firefighters responded to a report of a leaking hydrant. On investigation it was found that the city Public Works staff was flowing the hydrant for work being performed nearby.

At 6:41pm Snoqualmie Firefighters traveled to Hwy 18, 1 mile east of the summit for a report of several trees fallen over the roadway and blocking all lanes. Washington State Patrol was on scene. Firefighters cut and cleared several trees to clear the road.

January 14th At 10:31pm Snoqualmie Firefighters responded to Magnolia Circle for a reported residential fire alarm. Homeowner advised he saw no signs of fire, but the units kept activating approximately every five minutes. Unit arrived to find nothing visible from the exterior and the homeowner outside. Firefighters walked the entire structure and found no obvious signs of fire or malfunctioning alarm. Crew left the homeowner with instructions on how to handle the alarm should it go off again and to get replacement units as the current ones were close to meeting the ten-year shelf life.

At 11:21pm Snoqualmie Firefighters dispatched to a 20-year-old male experiencing mental emotional symptoms. Patient was said to be making threats toward his mother and has extensive recent history of same. Current case worker trying to get him into treatment. Unit arrived and was met by caller who advised that the patient had already left via personal vehicle. Police department advised the caller to inform them when he returned home.

January 15th At 9:05am Snoqualmie Firefighters attended to a 5-year-old female restrained in the rear seat of a passenger car that had been rear ended on the Parkway. Patient told her mother immediately after the crash that it hurt her neck. However, patient denied neck pain during firefighter evaluation. Neither driver was injured, and patient was left in the care of her mother.

At 9:15am Snoqualmie Firefighters were en route to Snoqualmie Hospital when they noticed a one-vehicle accident and stopped to assist. Driver was uninjured and left with their vehicle.

At 2:04pm Snoqualmie Firefighters assisted an elderly patient up off the floor. Patient was not injured and had no complaints.

At 4:19pm Snoqualmie Firefighters dispatched to a possible chimney fire. Crew was met by the home owner who stated he had some smoke in the house and realized what was going on. He sprayed some water in the fire box and shut it down. Homeowner states this has happened before and is aware of how to handle it.

January 16th At 8:10am Snoqualmie Firefighters dispatched to Hampton Suites for an activated fire alarm. Crews determined the alarm was set off by a worker cutting through dry wall and the resulting dust cloud. Alarm was reset with no other issues.

At 9:07pm Snoqualmie Firefighters assisted an elderly female who had slipped on the floor and needed to be helped back up.

January 17th At 10:28pm Snoqualmie Firefighters were called to a residence to check out smoke coming from a microwave after cooking. Crews found no problems, no fire or chemical gas problem.

January 18th At 12:23pm Snoqualmie Firefighters responded to an activated fire alarm at a retail location. Workers on- site were working on the alarm and accidentally tripped it into trouble mode.

January 20th At 10:34am Snoqualmie Firefighters dispatched to a non-emergency service call for a water problem at a retail location in Gateway Plaza. Building owner advised that they had a leak from a hot-water tank they could not secure. Unit arrived to find a significant amount of water coming from a broken connection on the hot- water supply line that feeds the rest of the building. Firefighters secured the water going into the tank and advised the building owner to call for a plumber to evaluate the pipe that needed to be replaced.

At 3:05pm Snoqualmie Firefighters responded to a reported burning complaint for a possible illegal burn behind a residence in North Bend. The homeowner was contacted and found to burning a small pile of brush in an approved burn pit. However, the homeowner was advised they did need to obtain a burn permit from the Eastside Fire & Rescue website and follow directions provided with the document.

January 21st At 7:41am Snoqualmie Firefighters dispatched to SR 18 at the Tiger Mountain summit for a diesel spill. On arrival, crews met Washington State Patrol on scene of a semi-truck vs passenger vehicle accident. Both drivers stated they were not injured. Crews assessed the spill and attempted to mitigate it until the Department of Transportation arrived. After talking to both patients, the female driver in the passenger vehicle admitted she intentionally crashed into the semi-truck with the intent to end her life. She also stated she had attempted suicide a few days ago by swallowing a bottle of pills. Patient refused evaluation. Firefighters called for an ambulance to transport the patient to a local emergency department. Due to protocol, Washington State Patrol started paperwork for an involuntary transport as patient was refusing further care or transport. Patient was loaded in the ambulance for transport to Swedish Hospital Emergency Department in Issaquah with Washington State Patrol following.

January 23rd At 2:23am Snoqualmie Firefighters called to a residence for a CO alarm. On arrival crews were met at the front door by the home owner. This was a newly constructed home and the CO detector went off after he lit the wood stove. Crews used the gas detector and the CO alarm sounded on the 1st and 2nd floor. Crews opened all the windows and doors and made sure the wood stove was out. Crews remained on scene until there were no CO readings in the house. The home owner was told to keep his windows open for a while longer and to get his wood stove inspected.

In addition to the above calls, Snoqualmie EMTs responded to 11 medical aid incidents bringing the total number of calls to date of 74 for 2019.

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