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Ashland Fire Department reports

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July 17--ASHLAND -- The Ashland Fire Department responded to two overdoses and one other possible overdose in the city between July 7 and Friday, in addition to a reported overdose canceled en route to by the Ashland Police Department.

Only one of the patients AFD assisted was transported to the hospital.

AFD responded to five other medical and EMS calls in the city, with four transported to the hospital for further treatment.

The fire department was also dispatched to several multiple fires and alarm signals.


July 7: 2914 Forgey St. for a telephone line down. Crews removed it from roadway.

July 8: 3307 Walters Hill Drive for a tree down. Crews cut and removed it from roadway.

n Scope Towers for fire alarm activation on seventh floor. Crews investigated and found burned food, but no fire. Alarm was reset.

n 3703 Linden Road for an unattended vehicle that rolled and struck a utility pole, knocking down power lines. Crews secured the scene and notified American Electric Power to respond. Stood by until AEP arrived on scene.

n 2430 Winchester Ave. for a fire alarm activation. Crews investigated, but found no problems. It was determined a malfunction and advised for alarm company repair to respond.

July 10: 101 18th St. for an alarm activation. Crews investigated and found no fire. Reset alarm.

n 3400 block of Willis Avenue for a burning complaint. Resident was burning brush. Resident extinguished fire with garden hose.

Tuesday: 201 22nd St. for a line hanging low after being caught by a refuse truck. Crews advised dispatch to have telephone company to respond.

n Scope Towers for fire alarm activation. Crews found cooking smoke in a sixth-floor apartment, but no fire. Alarm system reset.

Wednesday: 29th Steet and Lexington Avenue for a gas line struck by construction crews. Columbia Gas was on scene prior to AFD arrival and had gas line cut off. No other problems.

n 3058 Boy Scout Road for a mower fire. The fire was out on arrival, extinguished with house garden hose by resident. Damage was estimated at $800.

n 2223 Smith St. for a structure fire. Crews arrived at duplex and found light smoke showing from left occupancy. After structure was opened, interior was filled with heavy black smoke and high temperatures. Attack crews entered and found a spot of fire in the living room floor and extinguished it with attack hose lines. Searched the adjoining occupancy and found light smoke, but no fire, ventilated to remove smoke from it. Estimated loss to the building and its contents was $29,000. The fire was believed to have started by cigarettes in and around furniture. Prior to leaving scene, AFD turned property back to the owner.

n 1705 Donna Court for smell of natural gas. Crews found the gas company at the scene, but no problems.

Motor vehicle


n July 7: As previously reported by the newspaper, AFD responded to 20th Street and Winchester Avenue for a high- speed three-vehicle accident. Crews removed victims from vehicles and assisted four victims with basic life support for transport to hospitals. Crews also mitigated fuel leaks at the scene.

AFD crews set up helicopter landing zones at Central Park ballfields for two helicopters to transport two of the patients to Huntington hospitals for further trauma treatment.

July 13: 3900 block of Skyline Drive for a two-vehicle accident with one of the vehicles over the hill and on its side with the driver inside. Crews stabilized the vehicle and then extricated a person from the vehicle. The driver was unharmed and escorted up the hill. The driver of the other vehicle was also unharmed.


July 10: 15th Street boat ramp with Marine 1 for report of a runaway boat on the river. Crews launched boat and found one boat on the Ohio River side, but it was manned and operable. No other boats were noticed in the area.

Tuesday: 2600 block of Holt Street to help a 3-year-old whose foot was stuck in a bicycle. Crews manipulated his foot and removed it without harm to the child or damage to the bike.

Wednesday: 15th Street and Carter Avenue for a small child locked inside a vehicle. Crews gained entry without damage to the vehicle and removed the child, who was unharmed.

n 3101 Winchester Ave. for a person stuck in the elevator. Crews isolated the power and removed the passenger without harm. There was damage to the elevator during the rescue.

More EMS calls

July 8: 3000 block of Floyd Street for a person passed out inebriated. Assisted with loading person for transport to the hospital.

July 10: Scope Towers for an unresponsive person. Crews assisted Emergency Medical Services with basic life support and loading of patient for transport to hospita.

Fire prevention

AFD responded to a residence during the period to investigate sounding smoke alarms. Crews changed batteries to correct the problem.

Crews also installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at two more residences.

Other news/notes

AFD crews have been participating in a first- responders camp sponsored by the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center and coordinated by Emily Roush. Approximately 23 campers in fifth through seventh grades participated.

On Wednesday, AFD crews displayed equipment used on fires and demonstrated the use of a fire extinguisher and hose lines.

On Friday, members from AFD, EMS and APD demonstrated the coordination used during a mock vehicle accident.


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