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Category: Auburn


Sprinkler doused dryer fire at Auburn townhome

A sprinkler system greatly diminished damage at an Auburn townhome after a fire broke out in a dryer today, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Flames were spotted about 11:35 a.m. inside a home at Emerald Court Townhomes, 1814 I Street Northeast. By the time firefighters arrived, the sprinkler system had gone off and contained the blaze to the laundry room.

The homeowner will not be displaced due to the minimal damage.


Storm causes power outages in Pierce, King counties

UPDATE as of 3:30 p.m. The 1100 block of Shaw Road is closed, and crews do not know when it will open.

A tree and power lines fell across cars in a parking lot at the west entrance to Green River Community College in Auburn, according to the school. Classes have been canceled due to a power outage. The Kent and Enumclaw campuses are running as scheduled.

INITIAL POST: This afternoon’s brief storm knocked power out to thousands of homes and businesses in Pierce and King counties.

Puget Sound Energy said a widespread outage was reported about 2 p.m.

It is affecting

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Auburn man missing since April 11

Auburn police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 20-year-old man who has not been seen since April 11.

Robert Jacob Todd called a friend in south Auburn (Lakeland Hills) that day and told them he planned to walk to their home from the 4200 block of Auburn Way South, which was about five miles away.

He never arrived and has not been heard from since. He was reported missing April 15.

Todd planned to take various trails, including two near Dogwood/Forest Ridge Drive and White River Trail.

Police have searched the wooded areas along the White River

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Auburn girl, 9, accidentally shot in leg by 7-year-old brother

A girl suffered non life -threatening injuries at her Auburn home tonight when her 7-year-old brother accidentally shot her in the leg, according to Auburn police.

The shooting happened about 9:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of Auburn Way South.

The .22 caliber rifle was in the closet of a third sibling who was not home at the time, Cmdr. Mike Hirman said.

The girl was taken to Harborview Medical Center, and police are investigating whether to recommend charges for an adult, he said.



UPDATED: Man dies after being struck by Amtrak train in Auburn

UPDATE: The man was identified as 25-year-old Oleg Agapov by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, which ruled his death an accident.

INITIAL POST: A man died in Auburn Monday night after being struck by an Amtrak passenger train, police said.

The accident occurred about 9 p.m. in the 200 block of West Main Street as the man tried to cross the tracks.

Witnesses told police the man appeared to be drunk. The crossing arms were down at the time of the collision, Commander Mike Hirman said.

It’s unknown how many people were aboard the northbound train.

The man has not yet

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Female kayaker who fell in Green River died today

A 45-year-old woman who fell out of her kayak Sunday while boating on the Green River has died, according to the King County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman, who was listed in critical condition at an area hospital, has not been identified. She was wearing a life jacket when she tumbled into the water and drifted downstream.

She fell in the 33800 block of Southeast Green River Head Works Road, deputies said. Her friends were able to pull her out of the river and started CPR until paramedics arrived.


Kayakers rescued from Green River this afternoon in separate incidents

From news partner KIRO-TV:

Two kayakers were pulled from the Green River in separate incidents this afternoon, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman in her 40s fell out of her kayak about 1:30 p.m. near Black Diamond, and a 23-year-old Kent man fell from his kayak about 2:30 p.m  at Kanaskat Palmer State Park.

The woman was taken to the hospital in Auburn in critical condition.

Deputies said she had some experience as a river kayaker and was well-equipped with a helmet and life jacket.

A marine unit got the man out, and he was unharmed.

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