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Fire Blotter: Car Fire, Fallen Tree and More

The weekly Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One blotter compiles reports from Sept. 22 through 30.

Total calls during Sept. 22 through 30: 129        

EMS: 101                      

Fire/Service: 13                                                  

Other: 15        

On Sept. 23, firefighters were dispatched to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll plaza for a reported car fire with flames visible. Once crews arrived, all occupants were out of the vehicle. Firefighters poured a gallon of water under the hood to douse the flames. The fire was limited to the battery, cables and hoses – no extension to the interior or engine compartment. The vehicle’s owner had just replaced the water pump in the car.

On Sept. 25, firefighters responded to more than an acre of brush fire on Fox Island. The fire was threatening a home, some outbuildings and adjoining properties. Heavy equipment was used to establish containment lines and provide access points. The fire was 100 percent contained over 12 hours after initial dispatch. The fire started due to a homeowner burning in a burn barrel the night before.

On Sept. 27, a faulty washing machine was emitting smoke in a residence on 56th Street Court NW. No fire was found, and no further action was needed.

On Sept. 28, homeowners came home to an electrical odor in the home. They didn’t know the source of the smell. Crews checked the home with a thermal imager and found nothing. It appears to be a furnace issue as every time the thermostat was turned up, the odor was stronger. Homeowner will call to have it serviced.

On Sept. 29, a tree fell onto power lines in the 7800 block of 78th Avenue and caused the tree to smoke at the point of contact. Crews secured the area and to control traffic until Peninsula Light arrived to repair the lines.

On Sept. 30, an occupant on 58th Avenue was burning illegal materials of processed lumber and cardboard in his 2-by-2 fire pit. The crews educated him on proper outdoor burning regulations in addition to the burn ban presently in effect. The fire was immediately extinguished.

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