Fire Blotter: Firefighters Clean Up a Small Oil Spill

The weekly Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One blotter compiles reports from April 24 through 30.

Total calls this period: 93

Fire/Hazardous Conditions: 9

EMS/Rescue: 71

Service/Good Intent/False: 13

On April 24, firefighters responded to a complaint of smoke outside a residence. Upon arrival, they found the homeowner tending a fire pit and burning natural vegetation. The homeowners were encouraged to burn it hotter and faster to decrease smoke and air pollution. No fire hazard determined.  

On April 25, a 5-gallon can of gas appeared to have fallen out of a truck spilling about half of its contents of fuel on the road on Hallstrom Drive. It was sitting upright on the side of the road when crews found it. The size of the spill was about 6-by-3 in diameter. Firefighters cleaned up the scene by raking dirt to soak up fuel. They did not locate the owner.

On April 26, the fire department responded to a T-bone type accident near Peacock Hill Road and Vernhardson Street. A 21-year-old male driver, who was struck by a driver making a left turn downhill, reported of arm pain and a head laceration. Medics transported him to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

On April 27, an 80-year-old man trapped his hand in his wife’s physical therapy device while attempting to adjust it. Medics used an Allen wrench to free his hand. Afterward, they used a cold pack and bandage to treat his hand. He was not transported to the hospital.

On April 28, the fire department responded to a low speed, rear-end collision at the intersection of Pioneer Way and Edwards Drive. The rear-driver’s vehicle had both airbags deployed inside the passenger compartment with substantial damage to the front end. The driver was able to self-extricate with no injuries and denied transport after assessment at the scene.

On April 29, a passerby reported seeing a pleasure boat, moored along Harborview Drive, that was leaking a small amount of oil, fuel or hydraulic fluid for the last 2 days, and unable to make contact with the boat’s owner.  Upon investigation, the sheen was visible on the water that covered an area approximately 200-feet by 30-feet. It was then reported to the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Ecology, who instructed crews to place absorbent pads around the bilge, and they would follow-up with the boat owner directly.

On April 30, the fire department responded to a head-on collision at the intersection of Stone Drive and Pt. Fosdick Drive NW at an unknown rate of speed. The driver said that he was wearing a seatbelt, and the cause of the crash was undetermined. He reported of lower back stiffness but refused treatment at the scene. He said he would later be evaluated by a physician.  He was released to a family member.


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