Longview Fire Marshal Emphasizes Fire Safety - 06/30/15
With the continued warm weather and the lack of any measurable precipitation, Longview Fire Marshal Jim Kambeitz warns that this Fourth of July season has a higher than normal fire danger and encourages everyone to keep fire safety in mind as they enjoy the warm weather and celebrate Independence Day.
High temperatures, low moisture content in combustible vegetation, relatively low humidity, and gusty winds all play into this year's fire danger threshold, Kambeitz stresses. "We are asking everyone to do their part in fire safety by being extra careful with all burning material, including while smoking (discarded cigarettes), when around recreational fires, and especially if and when using fireworks!"
Longview Fire is also asking its residents to consider not using personal fireworks, but to show your support by celebrating Independence Day at one of the community fireworks displays in the area, including the Go Fourth Festival at Lake Sacajawea, the largest annual festival in greater Cowlitz County. The public display at the lake starts at dusk... roughly 10:00 PM on the evening of July 4th.
Longview Firefighters Battle Brush Fire and Bees (Photo)
Fierefighters finish mopping up a brush fire complicated by swarms of bees
Longview firefighters were dispatched to 171 Curtis Drive at 5:14 pm this evening to a reported brush fire. On arrival, crews found a 30'x50' brush fire spreading slowly into trees and underbrush. The scene was complicated by the presence of thousands of swarming bees, inflamed by the destruction of several agricultural-style hives. Several firefighters were stung multiple times as they extinguished the fire. After approximately 30 minutes, the fire was knocked down. Wildland firefighter crews from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources remained on the scene to look for hot spots.
The cause of the fire was undetermined.
Two engines and a Battalion Chief from LFD responded. DNR responded with two brush engines.
Longview Fire Department responded to a rescue this morning at Swanson Bark Company (Photo)
Longview Fire Department responded to a rescue this morning at Swanson Bark Company. On arrival firefighters found co-workers attempting to rescue a 70 year old Swanson executive that had been crushed under a concrete block wall when it collapsed. Firefighters administered medical treatment on scene and extricated the patient who was transported via Life Flight from the scene to SW Medical Center in Vancouver. One engine, one ladder truck, one medic unit, and two chief officers responded. State Route 432 was closed briefly as Lifelight took off due to dust conditions caused by the helicopter.
Hart C's Thai Restaurant Damaged in Early Morning Fire - 06/14/15
At approximately 1:30 am Sunday morning, Longview Fire and Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue responded to a commercial Fire at Hart C's Thai restaurant at 3171 Ocean Beach Highway. Engine 82 was initially dispatched for a fire alarm, but upon arrival they saw heavy smoke coming from the roofline of the building. They upgraded the alarm to a working commercial fire. A total of 5 engines, one ladder truck, and 3 chief officers responded to fight the fire. Ocean Beach Highway east bound was shut down for two hours due to fire apparatus and hose lines on the ground. The fire, which was contained to the rear section of the building, was under control in about 30 minutes. Investigators are still on scene trying to determine the cause of the blaze. The business will remain closed until further notice. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. Incident Commander Lieutenant Blake Tomlinson stated: "Commercial fires inside restaurants can be challenging and dangerous due to limited access, especially through the kitchen areas. First-in engine companies worked hard to access the fire, crews were able to open up the building using power tools to access the seat of the fire. The guys did a great job stopping the fire from destroying the building."
Longview Police Attempting to Identify Theft Suspect
The Longview Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the person in the attached picture. This suspect has been caught on video multiple times stealing power tools at Longview retail stores. Anybody having information about this person is encouraged to contact Longview Police Detective Tory Shelton at 360-442-5800 or via email at email@example.com