Crews evacuated two bed ridden patients from a house fire in Oakville early Wednesday morning. Fire District 1 Chief Kevin Witt tells us flames were visible when they arrived at the home in the 2300 block of South Bank road around 2:17 A.M.. Both were evacuated, one person was transported from the scene with non life threatening injuries. Witt said they knew the health conditions of the residents, and called for mutual aid from Grays Harbor, Thurston and Lewis county units right away.
Witt said the fire was knocked down by about 2:46, crews were on scene until almost 6 Wednesday morning.
Oakville Firefighters were called to a report of a house fire just after 2:15am early Wednesday morning in the 2300 block South Bank Rd in the Oakville area. The 2 story, 1800sq. foot house was owner occupied and had working smoke detectors. Owners were home and were alerted by smoke detectors and called 911. Fire was also reported by multiple neighbors who could see a fire in the upper story and called for help as well. Upon Grays Harbor Fire Dist. 1 arrival, there was heavy pressurized fire from the second story windows and multiple bystander’s alongside Chehalis Tribal Police who began heroic evacuation efforts. Patients were unable to ambulate, and the critical assistance from Tribal law Enforcement and neighbors to the firefighters made for a successful rescue. The family was treated on the scene by EMT’s from West Thurston Fire, until AMR Ambulance arrived for patient transport to an area hospital. Additional crews were called in from West Thurston Fire, Riverside Fire and Grays Harbor Fire Dist. 5 to assist with patient care, fire control and water shuttles.
“In the light of the day I’m standing here in “awe” over the extraordinary feat that the Tribal Police, neighbors and firefighters did to save lives. To see what effort they did to rescue people who were unable to rescue themselves. This is what communities do.” Lt. Lanette Dyer, from West Thurston Fire said.
The family’s home sustained heavy fire damage to the second story and significant smoke and water damage to the first story. Fire department cleared the scene at 5:30 am and turned over the home to the Tribal Authority for in fire investigation. No firefighter injuries to report.