A mother and her adult daughter were killed in a house fire in Aberdeen early Friday morning. Neighbors said they were visiting the mother’s parents, to help them move to Idaho later that day. Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard said Hoquiam and Aberdeen crews remained on the scene for hours after a house fire in the 700 block of 8th Avenue on top of Arnold Hill.
Responding units said the home was well involved when they arrived around 5. A couple of neighbors used a ladder to rescue David and Pat Irwin from a window before fire officials responded, their 54-year-old daughter, Kristal, and her 26-year-old daughter, Courtney were lost in the fire in the 700 block of 8th Avenue on top of Arnold Hill.
Responding units said the home was well involved when they arrived just after 5 A.M. Friday.
One neighbor described “A fellow had the ladder up to the window and he and another guy went into the house, and he carried out the grandma over his shoulder kicking and screaming because her grand daughter was still in the house.”
Another woman was transported by aid from the scene. Hubbard said two were killed in the fire.
Hubbard said in a press release Friday afternoon that while they were en route, radio reports from Grays Harbor E911 Dispatch Center advised that occupants were trapped inside the structure. The Battalion Chief upgraded the response to a 2nd Alarm while still enroute to the scene.
On arrival, the 1st and 2nd floor of the residence was fully involved in fire. The initial fire ground operational mode was declared as Rescue but later changed to Defensive as on-scene personnel were unable to gain access to the residence due to the extreme fire conditions. There were two adult civilian fire fatalities from this fire. The Grays Harbor County Coroners Office will be handling victim identification and release of information.
Prior to the arrival of the Aberdeen Fire Department, neighbors with the assistance of the first arriving Aberdeen Police Officer were instrumental in saving the lives of three occupants. One occupant had exited the structure through a 2nd floor window onto the roof and was instructed to jump down to them. Two neighbors also placed a ladder to a 1st floor window and pulled two other occupants from the structure.
At the time of this media release the origin and cause of the fire are still under investigation by both the Aberdeen Fire and Police Departments.
Aberdeen police investigated a shooting this morning that sent one to the hospital, Police Captain John Green tells us at about 3 this morning they responded to reports of 4 to 5 people fighting at the Travel Lure Hotel on Wishkah Street. Arriving officers found evidence of a weapon being fired at the scene.
Green said a 37 year old Taholah male was located in a room and appeared to have gun shot wounds. The Aberdeen Fire Department treated and then transported the victim to the GH Community Hospital.
A Cosmopolis Officer that responded found a 17 year old Aberdeen man with a a concealed semi-automatic handgun, he was arrested on a bench warrant and taken to the Aberdeen Police Department. The handgun was seized.
Officers described three other men of interest as about 17 to 21 years of age, possibly Hispanic or Native American, described as wearing all black jackets, shorts, and baseball style hats.
They apparently fled right after the victim was shot, in a 1996 to 1999 Honda Accord with dark tinted windows and alloy wheels.
Aberdeen Detectives were called out and are continuing to process the scene, Wishkah Street in front of the Travel Lure was closed until about 7:00 A.M.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 533-3180 or the tip line at 538-4450.
A 14 year old Aberdeen boy was seriously injured yesterday when he wrecked while riding a skateboard on Bosich Boulevard.
Captain Mark Dulin with the Aberdeen Fire Department said the boy was not wearing a helmet.
Aberdeen Police Captain John Green said friends of the victim told investigators that two boys were riding longboards on Basich Boulevard while two others followed in a car.
When his board began to wobble, the boy fell off landing on the roadway. Green said he was breathing but unresponsive when his friends called 911.
He was treated at the scene around 2 yesterday afternoon, transported to Community Hospital, then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
Dulin said his department would like to remind those enjoying the pavement to wear a helmet. The city of Aberdeen does require helmet use when riding a bicycle at any age, however not while skateboarding.
The Aberdeen Police department is searching for a hit and run suspect after a man was struck while skateboarding on Wishkah street Friday afternoon. Captain John Green tells us at about 6:20 P.M. they were called to the 900 Block of West Wishkah Street on the report of a vehicle vs. skateboarder collision. The responding officer found a 17 year old male on the ground who was conscious and alert. Aberdeen Fire Department crews were called to the scene as the man complained of leg pain due to being struck by a car.
Investigating officers were told that the victim was riding a skateboard down the street when a car driving on the road struck the victim, knocking him to the ground. According to witnesses the victim may have been in the road when struck.
Officers were told that the driver of the striking vehicle returned to the scene and allegedly made a statement about not seeing the victim. The officers were told that that the man then fled the location before they arrived. The vehicle was described as a silver or gray Ford Mustang, boxy back end, with a headlight out.
The suspect was described as a male subject with a scruffy beard, wearing a baseball style hat at the time. Green said the victim was treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital for abrasions and contusions.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 360-533-3180.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen Fire Department is reminding residents with wood heat sources to have their chimneys checked annually, after responding to a structure fire early yesterday morning. Captain Mark Dulin tells us they were called to the 1300 block of Fairfield just after midnight Monday morning. With smoke venting from the attic upon arrival, crews dowsed the flames within about 30 minutes, after removing the wall around the chimney. Damage was estimated at around $5,000, Dulin said investigators determined the cause of the fire was likely the poor condition of the chimney. The press release from AFD said 10 firefighters responded, it did not mention any injuries or occupants of the home at the time of the fire.
MONTESANO, Wash. – The Montesano fire department is just setting up fire watch at the scene of a major fire over night that destroyed a building downtown. Fire Chief Corey Rux tells us it was reported just before 9, no injuries since the two business spaces at 217 West Pioneer Avenue were vacant. Rux said an origin and cause of the blaze are undetermined at this time.
The Aberdeen Fire Department added a second ladder truck to suppression efforts overnight that kept the fire from jumping to a collision repair store 2 feet from the rear of the building. Rux didn’t have numbers yet, but said Grays Harbor Fire District #2 added crews as well, and although it was a difficult fire to suppress it was confined to the building of original.
The roof of the building caved in around 1 this morning, and crews are getting some downtime, but Rux said they’d be checking for hotspots throughout the day today.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen Fire Department responded to a small fire near where the Lady Washington used to be moored on the East side of Aberdeen. Battalion Chief Kelly Neimi tells us they were called to the construction site near Wal-Mart around 10 last night, a small fire on an unused-unmaintained pier had spread to nearby land in between the pier and construction trailers.
Crews were on scene for just under an hour, no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – No one was home this morning while firemen walked through a house in the 2100 block of Cherry street in Aberdeen. Aberdeen Fire Department Captain Sam Baretich said their part was easy “We had a 1 1/2 story wood-framed residential dwelling with light smoke and flames showing from one side. [We] made entry, put it out.”
Flames were visible from a downstairs window when first responders got to the scene just after 3 this morning. Adding insult to non-injury, this house was also the victim of a recent burglary. Aberdeen police confirm the home was broken into last Thursday, the residents are away on vacation.