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DECK FIRE KNOCKED DOWN BY SPOKANE VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS
For Immediate Release:
June 7th, 2020
Captain/Public Information Officer
Spokane Valley Fire Department
Deck Fire Knocked Down by Spokane Valley Firefighters
Early morning fire wakes residents; damage limited to outside of house
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) firefighters were dispatched at 4:14 am today for a report of a residential structure fire in the 6700 block of E 4th Lane. A 911 caller reported a fire that started in the fireplace and was extending out of it, and they were evacuating.
Firefighters on Engine 6 arrived to find an exterior enclosed deck fire, originating from the area of an older brick-oven style fireplace. The firefighters from Engine 6 were able to quickly halt the progress of the fire using pre-connected fire hoses and fire foam; and, began cancelling the response of additional crews. A quick search of the residence confirmed no residents, or pets, were still inside. Firefighters had the main fire knocked down roughly six minutes after arriving on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A residential fire call to 911 initiates the response of three engines, a ladder, a rescue and three command staff officers. When smoke and flames is confirmed by the responding units, a signal (working fire) is sent asking for an additional two engines, a second ladder and two more officers. This morning a total of eight fire vehicles and five command vehicles responded, staffed by a total of 28 firefighters. This workforce is needed to quickly and efficiently contain the situation and provide the best scenario for a rescue attempt, if needed, for people trapped inside. There were no injuries noted to civilians or firefighters this morning, and everyone was able to escape under their own power. Damage was limited to the deck and outside of the house, and residents will be able to occupy the home while repairs are made.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind our citizens that three out of every five deaths in America resulted from homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%). This is especially significant during sleeping hours when residents should have an alarm in every bedroom, and on every floor. Early warning provides the best chance for survival for you, your children, and your furry kids too!
About Spokane Valley Fire Department
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas within the 75-square miles of Spokane County Fire District 1. In 2019, SVFD firefighter crews, including its paramedics and EMTs, responded to more than 18,326 emergency calls.
Established eighty years ago in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and by fire district’s ISO Class 2 rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.
Connect with SVFD at: spokanevalleyfire.com. For department news, safety information, and timely updates, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Did you Know?
- You can sign up for a station tour. Great for small groups.
- You should replace the batteries in your smoke alarms twice a year.
- Creating a defensible space with regards to wildfires could just save your home or property.
- We have Friends & Family CPR classes every month.
- Julie Happy