The Newman Fire Station responded to 39 incidents during the week of Oct. 9 to Oct. 14. The calls included 17 Emergency Medical Service calls, one illegal burn, one pole fire, four vegetation fires, three motor vehicle collisions, two trash fires, one vehicle fire, four public assistance calls and six other type of calls.
Shortly before 2 a.m. Oct. 13, the Newman Fire Station was dispatched to a call for smoke or fire in the 4000 block of Stuhr Road. On arrival, the fire crew found an agricultural burn that had spread to the adjacent field. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire and mopped up the perimeter. Fire crews were committed to the scene for two hours. No estimated damage loss was reported. No injuries to report.
The Newman Fire Station was dispatched at 8:17 p.m. Oct. 12, to a vehicle fire at Patchett Road and Taylor Drive. Upon arrival, crews located a pick-up truck with fire coming from the engine compartment. Crews quickly deployed an attack line to extinguish the fire. The vehicle sustained heavy smoke, heat and water damage to the interior dash and engine compartment. The cause of the fire is unknown, the registered owner reported no mechanical work or previous problems. The estimated damage loss was $35,000. No injuries were reported.
At 3:17 p.m. Oct. 11, the Newman Fire Station was dispatched to a trash fire on the 4200 block of East Marshall Road in Crows Landing. On arrival, crews found a fire consisting of trash and debris burning behind a residential structure. Crews were able to quickly and successfully extinguish the fire using foam, while no structures were damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries to report. No estimated damage was reported.
A vegetation fire involving downed powerlines on Stuhr Road at Bell Road was reported at 11:51 a.m. Oct. 11. On arrival, Newman fire crews found a grass field and fence on fire along the roadway. The fire was caused by the downed electrical wires, which were still energized. Crews quickly extinguished the nearby grass fire while awaiting PG&E to cut power to the lines. Mutual aid was provided by Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District and Merced County Fire department. No injuries were reported. Damage to the pole and fence had a combined estimated value of $16,000. Fire crews were committed to the incident for approximately two and a half hours.
At 11:25 a.m. on Oct. 11, the Newman Fire Station was dispatched to a mutual aid call for a working structure fire in Turlock. On arrival, fire crews assisted with water supply.
At 10:37 a.m. Oct. 11, the Newman Fire Station was dispatched to a vegetation fire at River Road at Crows Landing Road. On arrival, crews found an abandoned property with transients apparently living on the property. The overgrown grass and old fence posts were on fire. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and no structures were threatened. The cause of the fire was undetermined. No injuries were reported. There was no damage estimate available at the time of this report.
The Newman Fire Station was dispatched at 8:21 p.m. Oct. 10, to a roadside vegetation fire at Bell and Stuhr Road. On arrival, crews found a 100 x 100-foot area of grass burning. Crews extinguished the fire using tools and water. The cause of the fire is undetermined. No injuries were reported. No damage report was available at the time of the incident.
At 10:24 p.m. Oct. 9, the Newman Fire Station was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at Stuhr and Eastin Road. On arrival, fire crews found Newman Police was already on scene with two vehicles partially blocking the highway. Upon rapid triage fire crews noted four walking wounded and two delayed. There were multiple bystanders who appeared agitated at the scene. Fire crews provided medical assistance to a pediatric patient as EMS arrived on scene. Fire crews secured the vehicles and provided traffic control for safety purposes. Injuries ranged from minor to serious. Combined damage was estimated at approximately $20,000. The cause of the incident is under investigation by California Highway Patrol.
At 3:03 a.m. Oct. 9, the Newman Fire Station was dispatched to a vegetation fire after a motor vehicle collision with possible powerlines down at River Road and Villa Manucha Road. On arrival, fire crews found a vehicle resting on its driver’s side. The occupant was out of the vehicle in an awaiting car. A power pole was sheared off and wires were on the ground still energized. The occupant refused medical attention although they complained of aches and pains. PG&E arrived and determined fire crews were no longer needed. Fire crews secured the vehicle and provided traffic control for safety purposes. The estimated damage was $10,000. The cause of the incident is under investigation by California Highway Patrol.