Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Lynden Tuesday afternoon to honor the city’s fire chief.
Robert Spinner died from an apparent heart attack late last week, according to the Whatcom County Fire Chief's Association (WCFCA). On Tuesday, the Lynden Fire Department escorted his body from the Whatcom County Medical Examiner's Office in Bellingham to Gillies Funeral Home in Lynden.
Losing someone like Spinner hits just about everyone in a city of Lynden's size, one resident said along the procession route.
"To have a loss such as this is just such a deep impact," said Kristin Stadt.
Stadt felt it as she waited for the procession to make its way to downtown.
The loss of the city’s fire chief hits home for her.
Her father is also a firefighter, she said.
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A 92-year-old woman who originally was reported missing early Wednesday after her home was gutted by fire has now been located alive and safe.
Fire crews rushed to the scene, in the 700 block of SW 310th Street, at about 5 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about smoke and flames spewing from the single-story home, said Deputy Battalion Chief Dave Mataftin of South King Fire & Rescue.
The home already was about 50 percent ablaze when crews arrived. Firefighters attacked the flames while another crew searched the areas of the home not already gutted by fire. No victim was found in that area of the home.
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Firefighters said the number of calls are going up, but their fighting force is going down. Both Benton and Franklin Counties rely heavily on volunteer firefighters and need more.
"Without the volunteers we couldn't survive," Benton County Fire District #4 Captain Ed Dunbar said.
Dunbar started as a volunteer firefighter in 1983, and 20 years later he turned firefighting into a career.
"It is truly a calling and a passion," he said.
However, with a high turnover rate in recent years, he said the need for volunteer firefighters has grown for agencies throughout the region.
"Without the depth of the volunteers we can't serve our community like we need to,” he admitted.
The fire departments are spread thin and he said they're only getting busier, with the volume of calls for Fire District 4 hitting 1,400 last year.
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Firefighters used a raft and ropes system to rescue a man who suffered possibly serious injuries after falling from a waterfall near Round Lake in Camas.
A man, whose name was not released but described as in his 30s, fell from the falls in the area known as the Potholes at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Camas-Washougal Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Payne said.
Friends found him unconscious with his head underwater, Payne said, but his friend were able to help get him to a rock shelf underneath the falls.
Firefighters from Camas-Washougal and Vancouver Fire Department responded as well as members from the Clark County regional technical rescue team, Payne said.
A firefighter swam to the man, who was surrounded pools of water that were about 40 feet wide and 15 feet deep, Payne said.
Yakima Police and Firefighters are investigating three suspicious fires that started Wednesday morning.
Firefighters tell NBC Right Now they were originally responding to a dumpster fire near Walnut and 7th Street around 4:00 a.m. On their way, they found a house on fire on the 200 Block of South 7th Street. Flames were burning on the outside of the camper so they upgraded it to a full structure fire.
The fire ended up spreading to the attic. PP&L also responded to shut off power because of arching power lines on the ground.
While firefighters were responding to that, witnesses responded to a dumpster fire on the 100 Blk. of S. 6th St. Witnesses who called the fire in closed the lid to help slow the flames. While on the scene of that, another dumpster fire broke out on the 100 Blk. of South 7th St. Firefighters easily got this under control.