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FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO SPOKANE VALLEY CANNABIS FACILITY FIRE
For Immediate Release:
September 15th, 2019
Firefighter/Public Information Officer
Spokane Valley Fire Department
Firefighters Respond to Spokane Valley Cannabis Facility Fire
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) firefighters responded at 5:22 PM yesterday evening for a report of a commercial structure fire in the 2600 block of North Woodruff Rd. A 911 caller from Grow Op Farms reported heavy black smoke coming from one of their marijuana grow rooms, and were evacuating employees from the building.
Engine 2 arrived first on scene to a large commercial building with no smoke or flames visible from the outside, and an audible fire alarm sounding. Next arriving firefighters on Engine 1 established a fire hydrant water supply to Engine 2, while firefighters from Ladder 8 made entry into the building to investigate with water extinguishers and using air masks.
On the 2nd floor firefighters found dark smoke coming from a grow room due to a smoldering fire that had self-extinguished. Crews ensured that the fire hadn’t spread and helped evacuate the smoke. Engine 6 firefighters made entry into the building to assist, with Spokane Engine 8 firefighters as a standby team. Firefighters on Ladder 10 also checked to ensure that no fire had spread from the 2nd floor to the roof. Engine 2 connected to the building’s fire sprinkler system per standard protocol to help boost the system’s water pressure, but the fire did not grow enough to activate the sprinkler system, and no water was used.
A total of 11 fire trucks and command vehicles responded with approximately 25 firefighters. One fire engine, one ladder truck, and one battalion chief responded from the Spokane Fire Department from our automatic aid agreement. Fire companies were returned to station once they were no longer needed, with the last crew and fire investigator leaving after approximately 2 hours. The fire was accidental in nature. There is no current estimate in cost of damages, and the exact cause is still pending investigation. No injuries were reported of employees or firefighters, approximately 80 employees safely evacuated the building, and the business will remain open.
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 fire departments in the state and the only accredited department with distinction as a WSRB class 2.
For more information about Spokane Valley Fire Department, visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.
- Julie Happy