For Immediate Release:

January 4, 2020


Craig Warzon

Captain/Public Information Officer

Spokane Valley Fire Department



Firefighters Respond to 2nd Alarm Apartment Fire


Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units responded around 3:15 this morning to an apartment fire at 12623 E Broadway in the Spokane Valley.

Spokane Valley Engine 7 was the first unit on scene and found a fire on the west side of the complex with fire on the third floor balcony and apartment unit. Spokane Valley Engine 7 made an aggressive exterior fire attack with a pre-connected fire hose and was able to slow the progression of the fire., while Valley Ladder 10 was assigned to search the apartment building to ensure everyone was evacuated.  The fire was quickly upgraded to a second alarm, bringing more personnel and equipment to the scene.  Additional units were assigned fire attack and search for all three floors of the complex.  The fire was brought under control in approximately 40 minutes.

The third floor fire apartment suffered extensive fire and smoke damage.  The apartment directly below suffered water damage from the suppression efforts. An additional third floor apartment was also damaged.  Red Cross responded to the scene assist three adults and three displaced by the fire

Over 20 units responded to the scene, including automatic aid units from Spokane Fire District 8 and Spokane Fire Departments.  There were no reported injuries to firefighters or residents. Unfortunately a dog died in the fire.

There was a fire in the same apartment unit several years prior, when different residents lived there.  The fire is currently under investigation, and no cause has been determined at this time.

SVFD would like to remind everybody to make sure that you have working smoke detectors.


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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