Two people were treated for injuries at the scene of a house fire in South Aberdeen last night. Battalion Chief Troy Palmer with the Aberdeen Fire Department said they were called to a residential structure fire on the 500 block of W. Huntley St. in Aberdeen at 7:45 pm on November 1, 2018.
The southside engine arrived on-scene first and reported that smoke was visible from the second story on the back of the home, as additional fire units were arriving the fire vented from a second-floor bedroom window.
As the Incident Commander conducted his initial size up of the fire he located an adult female patient outside of the home suffering from smoke inhalation and burns after entering the home to try and save her pets. A juvenile male patient was also with her complaining of exertion and mild smoke inhalation. Both patients received immediate care from firefighters and were transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
At the time of the fire the Aberdeen Fire Dept. had one Medic Unit delayed at the hospital on a medical transport and the Hoquiam Fire Dept. was busy on medical calls of their own and unable to assist. With the two patients requiring medical attention and transport, AFD resources were stretched thin, so a second alarm was called for as well as a mutual aid engine from Cosmopolis.
A total of 8 firefighters from Aberdeen, the Aberdeen Fire Chief and Asst. Fire Chief, and 4 firefighters from Cosmopolis operated on the fire scene. 4 off duty Aberdeen firefighters came in from home to staff the station and subsequently responded to other emergencies within the city.
The fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes and the structure sustained around $20,000 in damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation at the time of this press release. No firefighters were injured.