For Immediate Release:

December 02, 2020


Don Kresse

Public Information Officer

Spokane Valley Fire Department



Fire in Newsprint Shredder Contained Quickly

Machinery Fire at Inland Empire Paper Co, 3320 N. Argonne


Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units responded this evening to 3320 N. Argonne to the Inland Empire Paper Company with a report of a fire in a control room with a number of employees attempting to fight the fire.  A total of 18 fire apparatus and support vehicles responded from the Spokane Valley Fire Department and three neighboring fire agencies with a total of 44 personnel.

The first Firefighters arrived in five minutes to the southeast portion of the paper mill complex to find active fire inside of a newsprint recycling shredder and upgraded the response to a working structure fire and then to a second alarm due to the size and complexity of the mill.   Crews quickly determined the nature and location of the fire in the hopper assembly. With the help of the mill employees, high voltage power was shut down prior to application of large volumes of water to the involved area.  All employees were determined to be evacuated and accounted for.  There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was limited to the shredder/hopper and immediate area. With an aggressive attack, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the area of origin and keep the fire from spreading to the surrounding area and the mill complex. In an example of the collaborative efforts of the area fire agencies, the existing auto aid agreements brought the closest fire apparatus from the City of Spokane Fire Department as well as Spokane County Fire Districts 8 and 9 to this incident.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind all residents that when a fire is discovered, please do not attempt to fight the fire yourself.  Move to a safe area and call 911 to get the fire department responding as soon as possible.


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 the fire district’s ISO Class 2 rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.

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