For Immediate Release:

August 2, 2019



Scott Niebuhr

Firefighter/Public Information Officer

Spokane Valley Fire Department





Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units responded at 2:29 AM this morning to a report of a house fire in the 19000 block of E Sprague Ave. Neighbors called 911 to report a large fire, but were unable to see what was burning due to trees, with the homeowners calling 911 soon afterwards once they were able to evacuate the home.

Engine 3 was first on scene to a 5th Wheel RV fully engulfed in fire spreading to a nearby garage. Firefighters deployed fire hose to begin attacking the fire and protecting the garage, with firefighters on Ladder 10 quickly arriving to pull a second hoseline for fire attack. Battalion Chief 22 assumed command of the fire and upgraded the response to a “working fire”. Engine 85 arriving via automatic aid deployed supply hose from a fire hydrant down the road to Engine 3, and after establishing Engine 3’s water supply began assisting Ladder 10 with protecting the garage from fire spread. Arriving firefighters on Engine 5 and Rescue 8 assumed roles as the back-up team and rapid intervention team.

Firefighters had the majority of fire extinguished in under 20 minutes, remaining on scene for several additional hours to fully extinguish any hotspots. Homeowners were originally alerted by a loud “whoosh” noise while sleeping, and came outside to see the RV fully engulfed in fire. The RV was in the process of being rebuilt, with work being done earlier that evening. Several propane tanks were stored in the RV and garage with the possibility of one or more tanks exploding after the fire started. Due to a rapid fire attack, firefighters were able to save the majority of the garage and prevent the fire from spreading inside the home.

The exact fire cause is under investigation. There were no reports of injuries to the homeowners, any animals, or firefighters. The home’s occupants are not expected to be displaced due to the fire being contained to the RV and garage. A total of 11 fire trucks and command vehicles responded. Assistance was provided by Spokane County Fire District #8, Spokane Valley Police Department with traffic control, and a standby ambulance from American Medical Response.

Garage and RV fire in Greenacres

About SVFD
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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