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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Area firefighters respond to Eastern State Hospital

No fire; smoke from contractors saw sets off alarm


Last updated 8/8/2019 at 7:58am

Firefighters from multiple agencies were dispatched to Eastern State Hospital for a reported commercial structure fire in the northwest wing of the hospital at 12:11 p.m., Wednesday, July 31 — only to find there was no fire.

Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield, on his way out of town for vacation, turned around to respond to the call and was the first on scene, according to department spokesman Capt. Jake Kirwin.

Seeing no obvious smoke when he arrived, Mayfield began a standard 360-degree review of the buildings exterior before being notified by hospital staff that there was smoke on...

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