Alaska State Troopers and Palmer Police responded to a burning car alongside a road near the Palmer Golf Course late Saturday night.
Troopers called the scene, “suspicious,” as the responders from the Palmer Fire Department sprayed down the burning vehicle, a Mercedes ML350 LL. There were no license plates, and authorities did not have a VIN number at the time.
According to Palmer Police, the Mercedes appeared to have collided with a tree that had been pushed to about a 45 degree angle. The biggest concern was a potential wildfire, police said.
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Fire Chief Mullican presented the Kodiak Fire Department’s annual report to the city council at a regular work session, Tuesday. Although Mullican praised his staff and illustrated the department’s prowess with statistics collected over the past year, he also noted a number of ongoing issues, including difficulties with attracting new firefighters to the island and the unstable condition of the fire station.
“As all of you know, we’ve been dealing with personnel shortages over the past year-plus,” said Mullican, who went on to explain the dept has been understaffed since May, 2017. “We’ve been doing 48-hours-on/48-hours-off, to cover the personnel shortage.”
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