In the month of March, South King Fire and Rescue (SKFR) responded to 1,482 calls for help, including 43 motor vehicle accidents, 28 overdoses and five car versus pedestrian incidents.
The following is a roundup of some of the calls that South King Fire and Rescue responded to:
Planting soil used as ashtray: A fire on March 24 just outside the city limits displaced four families from their homes when a person used a planter full of planting soil on their deck as an ashtray. The dry potting soil smoldered for hours and eventually caught the wooden planter on fire. The flames spread up the side of the apartment and entered the attic, causing extensive damage to the roof but little damage inside the homes. The roof will need to be replaced so the residents could not stay in their homes.
Potting soil is not actually dirt. It is organic matter and when it dries out it can burn. If the soil is in a plastic or wood planter, the danger is increased as the planter itself can catch fire. Always use an ashtray and properly dispose of smoking materials.
Faulty part may have caused car fire: A car fire on March 10 may have been caused by a faulty part that was a part of a national recall that had not been replaced. The truck was parked outside in the driveway and had not been driven for more than an hour. The car burned extensively but it was not in the garage or close to the house and no one was injured.
There are recalls for all types of consumer products issued on a regular basis and you can find them all at www.recalls.gov.
Vehicle crushes man’s leg: Among the 43 motor vehicle accidents last month, one involved a man in a parking lot in the 31200 block of Dash Point Road. He was leaning onto the car engine compartment making some repairs when the vehicle suddenly lurched forward, crushing his leg between his own front bumper and a vehicle in the adjacent parking stall. Bystanders from a nearby coffee shop moved the cars apart; firefighters treated and transported him to the hospital with a severely broken leg.
SKFR applauds those who see a need and take steps to help their fellow citizens by calling 911, learning CPR and offering assistance when it is needed.