Storage Building Ignites... and is Quickly Extinguished (Photo)
Extinguishing the Fire
At just after 1:00 on May 11th a garage fire was reported at 1425 24th Ave in Longview. Initial reports indicated the fire was burning in a garage and spreading to a fence.
Crews arrived and found a small 8 X 8 shed type outbuilding in the alley fully involved in fire spreading to a garage. The fire was quickly extinguished before spreading to the garage which was detached from the home.
Damage to the shed and garage are estimated at $3500.00. The fire is under investigation. The homeowners were home and asleep at the time of the fire. They were alerted by a neighbor ringing their doorbell. There were no injuries reported.
Longview Fire Department Helps Celebrate Firefighter Intern's Success (Photo)
Group Photo After the Game
On May 7th Longview Firefighter's attended the final inning of Lower Columbia Community College vs. Chemeketa Community College girls' softball game to show their support for one of their own... Chelsey Miller. Although losing a close extra-inning game, there were still plenty of winners on the Red Devils Team. Immediately following the game all of the teams sophomores were recognized for their on and off the field performance.
Chelsey is a firefighter intern with Longview Fire Department while attending Lower Columbia College's (LCC) Fire Science Program and playing Center Field on the LCC Red Devils Girls Softball Team.
As a firefighter intern she serves side-by-side with the career firefighters, serving on "C" shift. During her tours of duty she helps with all daily assignments including station maintenance, apparatus readiness, training, inspections, public education, and of course responding to emergencies including fires and emergency medical calls. She works a 24 hour shift rotations just like her firefighter kin but the intern program allows her to be relieved of duty for schooling and school sanctioned athletics.
Over the last year Chelsey has earned the respect of her firefighter counterparts, recently besting the departments fasted time on the forcible entry door prop (her softball skills certainly helped).
Chelsey came to LCC from Portland/ Gresham, where she attended Centennial High School. She has thrilled the Red Devil fans for two seasons with her play in outfield and her hitting ability...with a career batting average of .455. This season she LCC with a .464 average, 52 hits, 14 doubles, 5 home runs, and 35 RBI's.
Chelsey has made several Dean's Lists and is a NWAC All Academic winner. Coach Fuller says "Chelsey is our fearless leader who plays with passion and is never satisfied. Even after working hours at the fire station, she is always here and ready to go for her team."
Chelsey was recently recognized as LCC Female Athlete of the Year and was named LCC Fire Science program Student of the Year. With these kind of achievements it's easy to see why the Red Devils have called Chelsey "The Face of this Year's Team"!
(Pictured Left to Right) Graham Lasee, Marie(Mom), Aaron Flemens, Chelsey Miller, Jessica(Sister), and Lt Scott Kerker
Longview Crash Sends Two Adults to the Hospital, and Two Dogs to the Humane Society. (Photo)
Dogs Safley Stowed During Incident
At 255 PM Longview Fire Units were dispatched to a two-car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of 14th Ave and Douglas. Reports from Cowlitz county communications indicated there was one vehicle on its side with a trapped occupant.
Upon arrive fire crews found two vehicles in the middle of the intersection, one with front end damage and one on its side. The vehicle on its side had one occupant, who was standing and complaining of shoulder pain. The driver of the compact car suffered leg injuries, and the passenger presented without any injuries.
The vehicle on its side was stabilized with 'Rescue 42" struts and the adult male occupant was able to crawl out the open window with the assistance of firefighters. He was transported by AMR to St Johns Medical Center in Longview in stable condition.
The adult female in the compact car was extricated from her vehicle and transported via AMR to St Johns with non-life threatening injuries. Her uninjured passenger accompanied her with AMR. Also in the car were two Yorkie Terriers. They were initially placed in a fire apparatus to keep them safe and out of the way and then turned over to the Human Society for safe-keeping until the owners are able to pick them up.
Longview Police Department will be conducting the car investigation.
Commercial Fire Quickly Extinguished in Longview (Photo)
At 4:30 PM Longview Fire responded to a reported fire in the commercial building located at 788 14th Ave. Dispatchers advised responding fire units that they had received multiple calls reporting fire and smoke at the former Womens and Children clinic.
Fire crews quickly arrived and reported a fire and smoke visible from the exterior of the building that appeared to be an attached shed. Firefighters quick pulled a hand-line and attacked the fire. When additional crews arrived they were assigned to check the interior for extension and assure the premise was vacant.
The fire was knocked down in approximately ten minutes and there was no fire extension into the commercial occupancy.
Fire investigators believe that a transient who had been utilizing the shed for shelter likely disposed of a cigarette carelessly igniting nearby combustible. The building has been vacant approximately one year. There were no injuries reported. Structure damage to the structure is estimated at $1,000.00