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Widespread 911 Outage Across Washington State

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Numerous 911 calls in Washington state are not getting to emergency responders.

It is unclear what is causing the problem or when it will be fixed.

The state’s communications company, CenturyLink, already fixed a similar issue in Oregon, but the system has been intermittently down in Washington since 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Technicians are currently working to fix the problem, KOMO News reported.

CenturyLink is responsible for statewide 911 call centers, all of which are tied together by the same communications system.

A company spokeswoman Kerry Zimmer told The Associate Press that the problem began at 1:30 a.m. in Sheridan, Ore., and only Oregon was down at the time.

A list of alternative numbers to call (below) have been posted in the event that someone attempts to call 911 in these areas with no success. Alternatively, people can go to the nearest fire station for help, ABC News reported.

Emergency numbers list:

Tacoma: 253-627-0151

Fife: 253-922-6656

Puyallup: 253-841-5431

Pierce County: 253-798-4722

Pierce County fire: 253-581-3888

Thurston County: 360-704-2740

Washington State Patrol in Pierce and Thurston counties: 253-538-3240

Auburn police: 253-852-2121

Federal Way police: 253-852-2121

Kent police: 253-852-2121

Lewis County: 360-740-1105

Clark County: 360-696-4461

Cowlitz County: 360-577-3098

Sources: KOMO News, The Olympian, ABC News