Olympia Fire Department Activities
Wednesday evening was a busy time for the Olympia Fire Department. Just before 9:00 pm units responded to a reported structure fire in an apartment building on Evergreen Park Drive in SW Olympia. The fire started when candle wax warming on a stove top ignited. The tenet attempted to stop the fire but the burning wax creating a flash of flame setting off the nearby fire sprinkler which completely doused the flames before they could spread to the room. There was no fire damage to the unit; there was water damage which effected the apartment of origin and the two units below. Fire sprinklers prevented a much larger fire and more significant damage. Olympia units stayed on scene for approx. an hour conducting salvage and protect the rest of the building. One family was displaced from their unit due to water damage and went to stay with relatives.
Latter the same night, at 2:30 am, Olympia Fire units responded to rescue a man that had fallen 10 feet over a rock retaining wall adjacent to a retail area at Harrison and Cooper Point Roads in west Olympia. The patient sustained injuries during the fall and was unable to walk out of the area or climb up the ladder that the firefighters had used to reach him at the base of the rock wall. Olympia's ladder truck was called in along with members of the regional Special Operations and Rescue Team (SORT) to hoist the patient to safety. The patient taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital for further evaluation.