Single-Car Accident Sends Three to Harborview
One Adult, Two Juveniles Suffer Serious Injuries
3/14 - One adult and two juveniles were flown to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries after a single-car accident on Umatilla Ave. near the intersection with Landes St. on Thurs. afternoon.
East Jefferson Fire Rescue was toned to the accident at 3:51 p.m. Firefighters arrived at the scene of the accident to find a 12-year old female outside the vehicle and being comforted by passersby.
The two other occupants, a 40-year old man and his 11-year old daughter, were both entrapped in the front seats of a gold Buick LeSabre.
Firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools, known as “The Jaws of Life” to open and tear back the front doors to access the victims before extricating and backboarding them.
Shortly after firefighters arrived, they summoned two helicopters from Airlift Northwest to transport the patients to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The helicopters arrived at Jefferson County International Airport and were later met by ambulances transporting the patients.
The 12-year old female was initially taken to Jefferson Healthcare for evaluation and was later flown to Harborview with chest injuries.
The LeSabre appears to have been traveling east on Umatilla Ave. at a high rate of speed when it drifted off the road and struck a large tree. Both airbags deployed.
Law enforcement is investigating the cause of the accident.
Fire Destroys House on W. Egg & I Road
A young couple were left homeless after a fire destroyed their house in the 700 block of W. Egg & I Rd. Mon. night. Neither were hurt.
Click here to watch a brief video of the fire.
East Jefferson Fire Rescue was toned to the house fire at 8:42 p.m. after the occupants called 9-1-1 upon returning to their home and finding it in flames. They had left the house at about 3:30 p.m.
Firefighters arrived to find the structure fully engulfed in flames. After determining that all occupants were safely out of the house and that it was inaccessible on all sides other than the front, they made the decision to fight a defensive battle.
Defensive fire-fighting is a tactic which maximizes firefighter safety and limits the fire to the structure already burning by actively preventing it from spreading to adjacent structures or trees.
Firefighters’ efforts to battle the blaze were hampered by several factors. The house sat at the end of a long, winding dirt driveway in heavy woods. The end of the driveway was framed by a large metal arch which wasn’t big enough for a fire engine to fit through, so hoses had to be dragged from the driveway up to the burning structure. Also, a lack of fire hydrants in the area limited firefighters to water in their engines until water tenders could be backed down the long, narrow section of W. Egg & I to reach the scene and begin supplying water.
The fire was finally declared as contained by EJFR Assistant Chief Brian Tracer at midnight.
The occupants of the house were renters. They stated that they weren’t smokers and that no candles had been lit, but that they had used a wood-burning stove earlier in the day.
The owner of the house was in the Seattle area at the time of the fire.
Crews from Naval Magazine Indian Island, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue and Jefferson County Fire District #5 assisted in fighting the fire and in providing coverage to Fire District #1 during the fire. Approximately 25 firefighters in total responded to the blaze.
An investigation into the cause of the fire will be conducted Wed. morning.
S.R. 20 Accident Sends One to Harborview
A 49-year old Port Hadlock woman was flown to Harborview with serious leg injuries after a one-car accident Sat. afternoon. The three other occupants in the car were uninjured.
East Jefferson Fire Rescue was toned to the accident on S.R. 20, just north of the U-Haul rental facility at 1:49 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find a gold Toyota Sienna minivan off the right side of the highway.
According to the driver, he had been westbound on S.R. 20 when he fell asleep. The minivan veered off the road and struck a tree.
The driver and two children, aged three and four, were able to extricate themselves from the vehicle, but the female passenger was trapped in the front passenger seat of the Toyota.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate the woman from the vehicle before stabilizing her and transporting her to Jefferson County International Airport to meet a helicopter from Airlift Northwest.
The woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
An early morning house fire in the 4600 block of Holcomb St. sent three people to the hospital with injuries. The house suffered heavy damage.
Two adult males and an adult female were stabilized at Jefferson Healthcare before being transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious smoke inhalation and burn injuries.
The fourth occupant of the house, a teenage boy, was evaluated by EMTs and released.
According to the boy, the occupants of the house lit candles when the power went out Sun. evening. He was unsure whether all of the candles had been extinguished before everyone went to bed.
The boy stated that he awoke shortly before 5:00 a.m. to the sounds of shattering glass as another occupant broke windows. He quickly escaped the house.
The other three occupants also escaped, but not before suffering smoke inhalation. The two males also suffered burns.
Firefighters from East Jefferson Fire Rescue and Naval Magazine Indian Island were toned to the fire at 4:51 a.m. They arrived to find the occupants had evacuated and were in the squad car of a Port Townsend police officer who had arrived moments earlier.
Firefighters knocked down the flames in about 20 minutes, but by then the single-story rambler had suffered extensive damage.
EJFR Assistant Chief Brian Tracer was beginning an investigation in to the cause of the fire once the house had cooled down.
Fifteen firefighters and command staff from EJFR and Indian Island responded to the fire.
Permanent Burn Ban Now Includes Irondale/Port Hadlock Areas
A recent discovery by Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), that portions of Irondale and Port Hadlock had been designated Urban Growth Areas (UGA), has prompted the agency to ban all burning in those areas of Jefferson County permanently.
In a letter addressed to Jefferson County Fire District 1 (East Jefferson Fire Rescue) Chief Gordon Pomeroy, ORCAA stated that in 2006, they “notified residents and fire protection agencies” about the law “in the 17 known UGAs” within their jurisdiction. (Washington State Legislature enacted a law [2005 Washington Revised Code RCW 70.94.743 (1) (b)] that prohibits both residential yard waste burning and land clearing burning in all UGAs within the state as of January 1, 2007.
The letter goes on to state that “ORCAA only recently learned that the Irondale/Port Hadlock area is designated as an Urban Growth Area.”
“We are as surprised as anyone at this news,” said Chief Pomeroy.
The Jefferson County Department of Community Development’s website explains that “prior to the completion of the 2002 Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle, the only UGA in Jefferson County was the City of Port Townsend. Planning to accommodate growth in the Tri-Area of Jefferson County, which includes Chimacum, Port Hadlock and Irondale, has long been a topic of discussion.” The ordinance establishing Irondale/Port Hadlock as an Urban Growth Area was adopted in 2009.
For a map of the Irondale / Port Hadlock UGA, click here.
Effective July 1, outdoor yard debris burning has been prohibited in Jefferson County Fire Rescue District 1. No open burning is ever allowed within the city limits of Port Townsend.
The initial burn ban runs from July 1 until Sept. 30. Depending on weather conditions within District 1, the ban may be extended further.
During the period of the burn ban, violators may be assessed fines of up to $14,915 per day for each violation. They may also be held responsible for the cost of putting out the fire which can cost thousands of dollars.
Burn permits are not required within the boundaries of Fire District 1. Knowing and following the guidelines is, however, a requirement. The guidelines for burning in East Jefferson County can be found at every fire station in District 1. Stations are located at Lawrence & Harrison Streets in Port Townsend; Jacob Miller Road; Cape George, Marrowstone Island; Chimacum and Airport Road. Outdoor Burning Guidelines can also be found online at www.ejfr.org. Alternatives to outdoor burning are also listed in the guidelines. Maps of all Jefferson County no-burn areas can be found on ORCAA’s website at www.orcaa.org. Current burn ban status can be found at WaBurnBans.net.
ORCAA is planning to post signs in the county’s UGAs to create greater awareness about the outdoor burn ban. For more information about the permanent burn ban in the Irondale/Port Hadlock areas, contact ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 or visit their website www.orcaa.org.
EJFR Sends Birthday Wishes to Sick Child
Six-year old Tyler Seddon battling leukemia
East Jefferson Fire Rescue firefighters gathered Monday to send birthday wishes to a Rhode Island boy who is battling leukemia.
Six-year old Tyler Seddon is about to turn seven and has asked for birthday cards from his favorite people, first responders.
The firefighters are sending the boy a photograph, a birthday card and an autographed helmet.
The boy has been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time and is undergoing chemotherapy while doctors search for a bone marrow donor.
A Facebook page and GoFundMe account have been set up to keep his local community updated on Tyler’s progress and help with donations while he awaits his birthday, March 6.
Birthday cards for Tyler can be sent to 96 South Main St., Pascoag, RI 02859.