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Tag: West Pierce Fire & Rescue


Crews put out University Place brush fire

West Pierce Fire & Rescue crews are finishing up at the scene of a 100-by-100 foot brush fire in the 6200 block of Lakewood Drive West that they responded to about 1:30 p.m., Assistant Fire Marshal Hallie McCurdy said.

No one was injured, and the fire didn’t reach any residences, she said.

Firefighters have put out the blaze, and are almost done at the site.


Man, 42, hit and killed by train in Steilacoom

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train hit and killed a 42-year-old man just before 8 p.m. tonight in Steilacoom, according to West Pierce Fire and Rescue.

The train was going about 40-50 miles per hour, when the engineer saw a man lying on the tracks near the ferry dock by Union Avenue and Commercial Street and was not able to stop before hitting him, West Pierce assistant fire marshal Hallie McCurdy said.

West Pierce crews responded and found the man deceased.

The train tracks are closed as the Pierce County Medical Examiner investigates, McCurdy said.

According to Amtrak, train 508,

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Fire destroys Lakewood home, cause not yet known

The cause of a fire that destroyed a Lakewood home early Saturday is still being  investigated, according to West Pierce Fire & Rescue.

Crews responded about 2:55 a.m. to the fire in the 10100 block of Hemlock Street Southwest, near Fort Steilacoom Park.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured, according to West Pierce.

It’s not clear if there were working smoke alarms in the house, firefighters said.



Firefighter stair climb in honor of West Pierce crew member’s son raises more than $1.2 million

Firefighters climbed 69 flights of stairs to the top of Columbia Tower in Seattle today while wearing their 50-pound work gear,  in honor of 6-year-old Cole Vukich of University Place.

The kindergartner  is currently in remission after fighting a rare blood cancer since he was 2.

The 22nd Annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb brought more than 1,550 firefighters to Seattle, including Vukich’s father, a West Pierce Fire & Rescue worker who planned to make the trek.

Unofficial calculations are that the event raised more than its goal of $1.2 million to support the Washington/Alaska Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma

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West Pierce fire chief to retire Friday, brother appointed to take his place

West Pierce Fire & Rescue will have a new fire chief come Saturday, who is already familiar with his predecessor; They’re brothers.

As Ken Sharp prepares to retire Friday after 35 years with the department, Jim Sharp prepares to take his place, West Pierce spokeswoman Capt. Jenny Weekes said.

The West Pierce Board of Fire Commissioners announced Jim Sharp’s appointment March 5.

He’s been the project manager for the regional dispatch agency, South Sound 911 during the past year. He was hired as a firefighter by the University Place Fire Department in 1986, and was a chief officer for

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Lakewood I-5 crash this afternoon causes near 10-mile backups, injures 2

A crash Thursday afternoon at Berkeley Street Southwest on southbound Interstate 5 injured two people and caused a backup of almost 10 miles in both directions on the freeway, according to the state Department of Transportation and the State Patrol.

All lanes of southbound I-5 were blocked just before 1:30 p.m. when a semitrailer hit the left barrier of the freeway, deputies said. A car braked to avoid the truck, but ran into it after being rear-ended by a motorhome, according to the State Patrol.

The cause was still under investigation.

The drivers of both the truck and car

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Cause of Lakewood house fire under investigation

West Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighters doused the flames inside a Lakewood home Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 4800 block of 121st Street Southwest just after 12:15 p.m. A neighbor went inside to rescue a pet bird and alert any occupants, West Pierce Fire & Rescue reported.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by 1 p.m.

The fire had started on the second floor and spread. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

No injuries were reported. The fire caused $50,000 damage, the fire department reported.


Lakewood police sergeant honored for lifesaving actions

The commissioners of West Pierce Fire & Rescue have honored a Lakewood police sergeant who was credited with saving the life of a choking 9-year-old girl last month.

The commissioners presented Sgt. John Fraser with a lifesaving award at their meeting Tuesday night.

Fraser and Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler were eating dinner at a teriyaki restaurant the night of Feb. 15 when Fraser jumped from his chair to help the girl, who was holding her throat and choking.

Fraser performed the Heimlich maneuver on her as Lawler called for firefighters. After the fifth try, an object came out of

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