Longview, WA -- Firefighters responded to two separate incidents involving seriously injured motorcycle riders on Saturday.
The first incident occurred at 5:05 PM in front of 4433 Constitution Lane in Longview. Callers to 911 reported that a male rider was not fully conscious and was having difficulty breathing. Firefighters arrived and quickly called for a Life Flight helicopter; he was transported by air ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, WA. The rider was wearing a half-helmet. His condition is unknown at the time of this release. No other injuries were reported. Longview Police are investigating.
The second incident occurred at 11:27 PM on Saturday in the 500 Block of Tennant Way in Longview. 911 callers reported that a motorcycle was driving erratically before losing control and crashing into another vehicle. The male rider was found several hundred feet behind the motorcycle which had burst into flames following the collision. The rider was wearing a full face helmet. His condition is unknown at the time of this release. He was transported by Longview Fire Paramedics to St. John Medical Center where a Life Flight helicopter was on standby. No other injuries were reported. Longview Police and the Washington State Patrol are investigating this incident.
--Photo from first incident attached.
--Video link from arrival at second incident: https://youtu.be/yX7RJQ7Fchw
Longview, WA -- Firefighters were dispatched to the scene of an apartment on fire at 818 9th Avenue at 12:14 AM this morning. Crews arrived at 12:19 AM to find three cars on fire with fire spreading to the second floor of the apartment building. Longview Police and Paramedics from AMR ambulance assisted in evacuating occupants as firefighters searched apartments that were threatened by the vehicle fires.
Fire crews quickly extinguished the fires; they were declared under control at 12:24 PM. Firefighters remained on the scene approximately two hours while investigating the incident and checking for fire spread in the apartments. The fire was ultimately confined to three passenger cars and the exterior of the apartment building. The main electrical supply for the building, including meters and main conduits, were also damaged by the fire.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. There were no injuries reported.
Approximately 25 individuals were displaced due to damage to the building's electrical supply wiring; three families (12 persons) were provided emergency shelter at area hotels by the Red Cross. The building's owner hopes to repair the electrical damage and allow some of the residents to return later today.
"Our fast response time was the factor that averted a disaster today", said Longview Fire Battalion Chief Eric Koreis. "Despite our highly skilled firefighers, if this incident been 5 minutes further from a fire station, we would have had a very different outcome", Koreis continued.