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FIREFIGHTERS EXTINGUISH DUPLEX FIRE WITH QUICK HOSE WORK
For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2019
Spokane Valley Fire
Firefighters Extinguish Duplex Fire with Quick Hose Work
Exterior fire knockdown by arriving crews, house saved.
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units responded at 4:06 PM to a report of a house fire in the 700 block of N Steen. Bystanders across the street called 911 to report a fire in the home, after seeing what they described as a fully involved house. This initially placed the call on E Broadway, and crews were directed to the Steen address on arrival.
SVFD Ladder 10 from the Greenacres station was first on scene to a small duplex with heavy smoke and flames showing from the front door. A resident had used two fire extinguishers and was spraying a garden hose. Crews requested an upgraded assignment to a working fire, bringing a total of 13 fire units and command vehicles to the incident, including an automatic aid Engine from Fire District 8. Firefighters quickly deployed fire hoses to knockdown the body of the fire in the alcove. A quick search of the residence confirmed everyone was safely outside.
Firefighters had the fire extinguished in under 5 minutes, and damage was limited to the exterior of the house, excepting some ‘inspection holes’ that are cut to ensure the fire isn’t hiding in covered and closed spaces like an attic. Repair estimates are unavailable at this time; and, the property was turned over to the homeowner for insurance estimates.
The exact fire cause is under investigation. There were no reports of injuries to firefighters or civilians.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents to change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks and test them monthly. More than one-third (38%) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. SVFD firefighter crews which include paramedics and EMT’s, responded to more than 17,487 emergency calls in 2018.
Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International; and has a class 2 WSRB rating as given by the Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau (WSRB). SVFD is one of four accredited departments in the state and the only accredited department with distinction as a WSRB class 2.
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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