Blotter: Children, paint and batteries signal false alarms in Snoqualmie

Police and fire agencies in the Snoqualmie Valley responded to the following calls:

Snoqualmie Fire Department

Thursday, Dec. 1

False alarm: At 11:55 a.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to the Church on the Ridge for an automatic fire alarm. The alarm company had also contacted dispatch about the alarm, but there were no signs of fire at the building. Occupants were being evacuated when the crew arrived, and one of them told firefighters the alarm was triggered by a child pulling the alarm signal. The crew reset the alarm and advised those present to have the alarm pull repaired to prevent tampering.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Paint alarm: At 7:16 p.m., firefighters responded to the Timber Ridge Elementary School for and automatic fire alarm. They learned en route that painters in the building may have tripped the alarm. Firefighters spoke with the painters, who said they’d been painting in an unventilated room, and had not completely covered the smoke detector heads before starting work, whish was the likely cause of the alarm.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Discarded alarm: At 12:09 a.m., a caller in the Woody Creek neighborhood told firefighters she could hear a neighbor’s smoke alarm sounding, but couldn’t tell which home it was coming from. The crew arrived and found the source of the alarm, a house under renovation. There was no sign of fire from outside. Firefighters gained access to the house through a second story window that had been left open, and tracked the source of the sound to a discarded alarm in a pile of trash in the garage. The batteries were still inside. The crew silenced the alarm and left a note for the owner.

Medical aid: In addition to the above calls, Snoqualmie EMTs responded to 15 medical aid incidents, bringing the total number of calls to date to 1,045.