Poulsbo Fire engine was damaged by a metal spike in the road while responding to a call, but firefighters don’t think it was an accident after they found out that more spikes were found in North Kitsap County.
Poulsbo firefighters were driving to a fire in Bainbridge Island last week when they heard a clunk. It happened along Highway 305, about a half mile from the Agate Pass Bridge.
Shortly after hearing the loud noise, the firefighters were canceled on the call and returned to their station. Within minutes of arriving they discovered the front tire was flat.
“Initially, when they came back they thought we had three large nails,” said Poulsbo Fire Batt. Chief Chris Morrison. “Once a mechanic was able to remove the tire and get a closer look they found pieces of a spike and at least six holes in the tire.
“It’s a little disturbing to realize if somebody- we believe somebody maliciously did this because there were instances up in North Kitsap and Kingston where they found additional spikes,” said Morrison.
On Jan. 12, Kingston High School student Abby Rose posted on the North Kitsap Community Facebook page that she found spikes at the Kingston Cemetery. She says the metal pieces were buried in the gravel parking lot.
“Some very rude person decided it would be a great idea to make homemade spikes to pop people’s tires,” Rose wrote in the message. “I picked up every one I could find buried in the gravel.”
Meanwhile, in Poulsbo, the engine was out of service for about an hour as the tire was replaced. The cost to make the repairs was $1,300.
Morrison said even more concerning is knowing what could happen if more spikes are out there.
“Potentially, this could have caused damage to our crew and to the citizens if our engine would have went into oncoming traffic,” said Morrison. “Could have been devastating.”