Busy Saturday for north-end fire crews

KINGSTON — North Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to nearly three times their normal number of calls because of winds early Jan. 11.

While there were no reported injuries, two incidents resulted in notable property damage.

NKF&R crews were called to the Gamblewood area at 1:41 a.m. Jan. 11 after a tree branch crashed into a home. Upon crews’ arrival, they found a large Douglas fir branch had pierced the roof of a double-wide mobile home. An adult male, asleep inside the structure, was awakened when the limb’s 4-inch diameter butt speared through his bedroom ceiling, NKF&R spokeswoman Michele Laboda reported. He was not injured.

Firefighters were able to remove the branch and provide temporary protection to the home by tarping the damaged portion.

Just before noon, crews were called to a home off of Indianola Road where a large maple tree had fallen and caused a propane leak. Measuring about 3 feet in diameter at its base, the tree caused varying amounts of damage to a storage shed, a carport and two cars in addition to knocking over two 250-gallon propane tanks as it plunged to the ground in the morning’s high winds, Laboda reported.

Firefighters arrived to find a haze, resulting from the rapidly escaping gas, around the tipped tanks. After taking several safety precautions, crews found that the leaks were coming from piping damaged in the incident and were able to thwart further releases by closing the valves on the tanks, Laboda reported.

As of 5 p.m., NKF&R crews had responded to 18 incidents since midnight, with the majority involving wires down and fallen trees in roadways. The district’s 2013 average number of incidents for the same time period was about 7, Laboda reported.


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