The first time Zach Goodman addressed the Camas City Council about firefighter safety was in March 2018, just a few weeks after a two-person Camas-Washougal firefighter crew had pulled a man and his dogs from a burning house.
“I’ve got to say, I’m second-guessing my decision to live here because of the two-person engine crews,” Goodman, a 14-year career firefighter and Camas resident, told city leaders in 2018. “A community like Camas, that is so desirable, especially to families, also has to be safe.”
That safety, Goodman and other firefighter professionals told city councilors in 2018, could only be achieved if city leaders took steps toward hiring enough firefighters to staff three- or four-person engine crews.
“We can save so many lives with three, and certainly with four (firefighters on an engine), instead of two,” Goodman said in 2018.
VIDEO: The Highridge Apartments reopened in north Everett nearly two years after a homeless man set fire to the complex.
“We owned this property for a long time, and we knew this is where we wanted to be. And I didn’t have any interest in a random arsonist taking that away from us,” said Jim Addington, who has owned the property since 1999 with his wife. “That just didn’t sit well with me.”
Tenants had to jump from the balconies to safety in the December 21, 2017 fire.
“Now it’s all new, that’s the history that’s behind us,” Addington said.
Forty-one-year-old William Matthews was sentenced to ten years in prison, convicted of arson and manslaughter.
Elsie Flynn, 76, died on Christmas Day 2017 from the aftermath.
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The Spokane Fire Department has released new details after a man in northeast Spokane was crushed beneath a truck.
The Department first responded to the call at 10:14 a.m. on Thursday, December 5. First responders arrived in four minutes and reported the man was trapped beneath a large commercial vehicle, pulseless and not breathing.
Teams devised a plan to lift the vehicle improvising equipment and tools found at the scene to lift the vehicle enough to pull the man out.
They did so within three minutes and immediately started advanced life-saving procedures. However, despite lengthy resuscitation efforts by paramedics, the man was declared dead at the scene.
As a death investigation in Hillyard continues, we're learning more about the man who was crushed by a truck he was working on in his driveway.
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A lit cigarette is to blame for a garage fire in Benton City.
Around 10:45 p.m, on Thursday, Benton County firefighters responded to a detached garage fire near 11th and Della Street.
They later found out that the fire was sparked by a renter who was smoking while working in the shop.
The Benton County Sheriff's Office explained that he had apparently put the cigarette down and forgot about it.
The garage was fully engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire out before it was a total loss.
As we head into winter, we're at an even greater risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and people at a South Hill Restaurant learned that the hard way Wednesday night.
Luna suffered a carbon monoxide scare Wednesday when firefighters responded to reports of a sick person -- then found unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide coming from a furnace. Assistant fire marshal Lance Dahl told 4 News Now the more you use the furnace or heater inside your home or business, the more you open yourself up to the risk of suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.
"If it's gonna fail, it's gonna fail when it starts to be used more," Dahl said. "A lot of people decide that they're feeling great, everything's running great -- there's no need to see a doctor every year. Your home furnace or your home heating system is the same way."
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Usually law enforcement and firefighters are on the same team, but that wasn't the case last night in the Tri-Cities.
Kennewick police and firefighters faced off in a game of basketball at Southridge High School in order to raise funds for charity.
It was a competitive game but at the end of the night it was the police that "took home the hardware."
Kennewick police department posted a picture to their Facebook page, saying "in the end we are all winners as we were able to raise a lot of money that will be used to provide a Merry Christmas for some local kids."