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Break in and vandalism prompt closure of fire hall in remote Grays Harbor county

HOQUIAM, Wash. – For the third time in about a year, a remote volunteer fire district has been broken into. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department investigated the break in at Fire Station 82 off of Powell Road (Hoquiam) Monday afternoon.
Investigators say the thieves apparently used a vehicle to smash open a garage door and steal numerous lifesaving items including firefighter gear and breathing apparatus. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us that due to the amount of damage to their building, and the extent of the loss, Fire District 16 closed the station Monday and Tuesday. Fire Commissioner Caroline Perry tells us they have since made repairs to the door and lighting and have reopened the station.

The items that had been reported stolen include: tools, flashlights, bolt cutters, fire fighter gear to include helmets, boots, pants, gloves, and several sets of breathing apparatus’. 

Shumate said it should be noted that this district was broken into just over a year ago. The suspects in that case were eventually caught with the help of citizens. Anyone with information on this last burglary is asked to call the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department at 360-249-3711 or the dispatch center at 360-532-8765.

Fire District 16 in Copalis Crossing is accepting letters of interest for a vacant Fire Commissioners position. They will be reviewing them on the second Wednesday in November. The district covers Copalis Crossing and assists in the North beach area.

Copalis Crossing Fire District 16 irons out payment plan for service-stopping city debt

COPALIS CROSSING, Wash. – The fire district that covers Copalis Crossing has reached a deal with the City of Hoquiam to pay off back bills and restore ambulance service to the North Grays Harbor area.

Commissioners from district 16 met with Hoquiam officials and representatives from Senator Jim Hargrove’s office this week to iron out a payment plan for about $12-thousand owed. City Administrator Brian Shay tells us the arrangement should have them caught up within a year and a half. Shay commended the current leadership team of 16, and said that city staff are working on a new formal agreement to provide EMS service to the area.

Fire District 16 has two levies on the November ballot, one for EMS, and one for Fire.

Fox Island man drowns in Lake Cushman

SHELTON, Wash. — A 20-year-old man drowned Sunday evening while swimming in Lake Cushman, he was later identified by the Mason County Medical Examiner as Kyle Austin Pape of Fox Island, Washington.
Detective Will Adam with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office tells us late Sunday afternoon, they were advised of a possible drowning on the west side of Lake Cushman. A 20 year old male was last seen diving off of a diving board and never surfaced. According to the property owner and other guests attending a barbeque, the male had dived off of the diving board four previous times that day. 

Adam said friends tried in vain to find the young man, but the water was too deep.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Rescue Team (SORT), the Mason County Dive Rescue Team and Mason County Fire District #18 all responded and worked together in searching for the young man.

Dog rescued from cliff in Mason County

MASON COUNTY, Wash. – Mason County rescue crews saved a dog from a 100′ cliff on Harstine Island over the weekend. Detective Will Adam tells us around 4:50 Saturday afternoon they received a 911 call about the gray Collie that had fallen down a cliff while chasing an animal. The 70 lbs. dog was stuck on a ledge 30 feet from the top, but the ledge was almost 100 feet from the bottom. The cliff was located on the north side of Harstine Island, near the 700 block of E. Promontory Road, about 17 miles north of Shelton, WA. This area of Mason County is known as Harstine Point and is a rural community located about 2 miles north of Jarrell Cove State Park.

Deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office along with Fire Fighters from Central Mason Fire District and Mason County Fire District #4 responded. A rope rescue team was assembled and the dog named “Tundra” was rescued, lowered 100 feet to the beach below and returned to his owner.