San Juan Fire And Rescue Stops Apartment Kitchen Fire

Posted March 22, 2021 at 7:42 am by

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From San Juan Fire and Rescue

On Sat­ur­day, March 20, quick action by chil­dren, neigh­bors and San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue pre­vent­ed a small kitchen appli­ance fire from spread­ing or caus­ing any injuries.

While chil­dren were play­ing out­side of a mul­ti-fam­i­ly res­i­dence, they were inter­rupt­ed by a loud fire alarm from one of the apartments.

The chil­dren ran off and alert­ed near­by adults, who imme­di­ate­ly called 911. Sev­er­al neigh­bors went to check on the res­i­dent, help­ing her to evac­u­ate the apartment.

Career and vol­un­teer San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue fire­fight­ers and EMTs quick­ly respond­ed to the 911 call and extin­guished the kitchen appli­ance fire.

One per­son was exam­ined for smoke inhala­tion, and there were no injuries, with minor dam­age. Addi­tion­al respon­ders were ready and stand­ing by to respond as needed.

“The neigh­bor­hood chil­dren saved the day this after­noon,” said Fire Chief Norvin Collins. “They wast­ed no time in get­ting adult atten­tion to a pos­si­ble emer­gency.” Chief Collins added, “We are grate­ful for the fast actions of the kids and adult neigh­bors. With their actions and help, they pre­vent­ed a minor inci­dent from becom­ing a seri­ous fire.”

As a reminder to all our islands’ residents:

  • Call­ing 911 as soon as pos­si­ble is the key to sav­ing life and property.
  • If you have smoke in your home, evac­u­ate imme­di­ate­ly. Always close doors behind you and do not open win­dows. Call 911 as soon as you are out­side and safe.
  • Don’t try to remove appli­ances or oth­er elec­tri­cal items which are smok­ing or on fire. Close doors, evac­u­ate and call 911.

The San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue was estab­lished on Oct. 6, 1958. The fire depart­ment cov­ers all of San Juan Island, includ­ing Brown; Hen­ry; Johns; Pearl; Spieden and Stu­art Islands. For more infor­ma­tion, please vis­it

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