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The Petaluma Fire Department received 76 medical and 143 fire or other emergency calls from Dec. 16 through Dec. 29. Here are some of the calls.

(Two weeks of calls are published here due to the 2013 holiday season lapse in postings.)

Thursday, Dec. 19

8:02 a.m. -#8212; Firefighters responded to the scene of a slow speed, three-car accident on Highway 101. In a chain reaction, one car rear-ended another car, which bumped it into a third vehicle. When firefighters arrived, there was no visible damage to any of the cars. One driver, a 66-year-old woman from Petaluma, complained of neck pain, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Friday, Dec. 20

9:49 p.m. -#8212; Petaluma firefighters were called to the scene of an accident on Highway 37, where a single vehicle ran into a power pole. The firefighters assisted Cal Fire and the California Highway Patrol by providing advanced life support and transporting the driver, a 40-year-old man, to Marin General Hospital's trauma center.

Saturday, Dec. 21

4 a.m. -#8212; Fire officials assisted at the scene of an accident on Highway 101 near the East Washington exit after a 24-year-old man from Santa Rosa flipped his car over. The car sat on its side, blocking a lane of traffic. Fire officials transported the driver to Petaluma Valley Hospital, and left it to the California Highway Patrol to get the overturned vehicle out of traffic.

5:19 a.m. -#8212; A fire was reported burning near the railroad tracks behind a business on Petaluma Boulevard North. When officials arrived, they found a small, smoldering pile of debris on fire on top of and alongside the tracks. A nearby fence was damaged by the blaze. Firefighters extinguished the flames but were unable to determine the cause of the fire.

11:47 a.m. -#8212; Fire officials were on their way back to the station on North Mcdowell Boulevard when a driver flagged them down to assist with a three-car accident right outside the station at the Corona Road intersection. The vehicles sustained minor damage, and one driver, a 26-year-old woman from Cotati, was transported to Petaluma Valley Hospital for care.

Sunday, Dec. 22

2:30 a.m. -#8212; Firefighters reported to the scene at 138 Candlewood Drive, where a fence was on fire, which threatened a nearby mobile home. The occupants were attempting to put out the blaze with a garden hose. Fire officials put out the blaze, which damaged a 10-foot by 20-foot section of the fence. The cause of the fire could not be determined.

4:40 p.m. -#8212; Fire officials responded to a call for medical aid on Lakeville Highway. A 25-year-old woman from Santa Rosa was transported to Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa for treatment.

7:13 p.m. -#8212; A fire alarm was triggered at the Oaks Care Facility on Hayes Lane. When fire personnel arrived, they learned a small fire had started in an ashtray, but a staff member was able to put it out with a fire extinguisher.

Monday, Dec. 23

3:45 p.m. -#8212; A 4-year-old boy found himself in a precarious position when he climbed a tree in his backyard, against his mother's wishes. The child got stuck, and the fire department was called to the home on Westminster Lane use its ladder to help the child out of the redwood tree. He was not injured, and agreed not to climb trees unless he could safely jump down.

Tuesday, Dec. 24

2:52 p.m. -#8212; Fire officials responded to a call on North McDowell Boulevard after a car struck a bicyclist. The cyclist, a 44-year-old man from Santa Rosa, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

10:48 p.m. -#8212; A structure fire was reported on Brown Lane. When fire officials arrived, they had to force their way through a padlock to access the blaze. The structure was fully engulfed, but no one was inside. Firefighters spent two hours putting out the flames and cleaning up the scene.

Friday, Dec. 27

3:24 a.m. -#8212; A grass fire was reported burning on Petaluma Boulevard North. When crews arrived, they found debris on fire, and quickly put out the blaze. No cause for the fire could be determined.

10:48 p.m. -#8212; A structure fire was reported on Brown Lane. When fire officials arrived, they had to force their way through a padlock to access the blaze. The structure was fully engulfed, but no one was inside. Firefighters spent two hours putting out the flames and cleaning up the scene.

Saturday, Dec. 28

3:07 a.m. -#8212; Yet another fire was reported near the railroad tracks on Petaluma Boulevard North -#8212; the third in a week. Fire officials extinguished the blaze and Petaluma police arrested a person of interest in the intentional blaze. The area is popular with homeless, who often light bonfires in the open space.