Sean Barrett, fire marshal at Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, reported a busy week for emergency services with the holiday and increased numbers of vacationers in the area.
On the Fourth of July, Western Lane Ambulance and firefighters responded to an accident in Glenada involving two male teens.
Several juveniles had been “experimenting” near a residence and had poured gasoline into an underground tank. On July 4, one of the juveniles tossed a lighted firework into the tank, causing an explosion that burned two boys in the group.
One boy was treated for second-degree burns and released. Another boy suffered severe burns to his face and right hand and was transported to the Oregon Burn Center in Portland. As of Thursday, the youngster was in stable condition.
Barrett noted that the fireworks used in the accident were legal.
Last week, SVFR responded to two medical assists, one at Wild Winds and one on Terrace View Drive.
On June 29, they dealt with a boat fire caused by an electrical malfunction, but the boat owner extinguished the fire.
An illegal burn was reported around Rhody Loop, but SVFR was unable to locate it.
One false alarm was reported on Highway 101.
On July 2, a false alarm was reported on Highway 101, followed by another small fire near the highway.
On July 3, firefighters responded to a cooking fire in the Whispering Pines apartments, but there was no damage reported.
Also on July 3, a hazmat crew was called to the Port of Siuslaw when a camper called about a propane-like smell at the RV park. The crew found a battery charger setup failing, causing the smell.
According to Bob Forsythe, port manager, this holiday has been one of the “smoothest” at the port in some time. For the complete article see the 07-07-2012 issue.
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