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SHELLEY LAKE HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY OF FOUR
For Immediate Release:
April 8th, 2020
Firefighter/Public Information Officer
Spokane Valley Fire Department
Shelley Lake House Fire Displaces Family of Four
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) firefighters were dispatched at 3:44 pm today for a report of a residential structure fire in the 16300 block of E 9th Lane. A 911 caller reported a home’s deck on fire near the south side of Shelley Lake in eastern Spokane Valley.
Firefighters on Ladder 1 arrived to heavy fire coming from the rear of a residential home that had begun spreading into the home’s interior. Firefighters from Ladder 1, Engine 7, and Medic 7 began pulling handlines to attack the fire from both the exterior and interior of the home. Additional crews performed a search of the building for any occupants or animals still inside, established a fire hydrant water supply, used chainsaws to vertically ventilate the roof, and numerous other fireground jobs. Firefighters had the main fire knocked down roughly 30 minutes after arriving on scene. Crews will remain on scene for several hours extinguishing hotspots and overhauling the structure.
There were no injuries reported of the home’s occupants or any animals. One firefighter sustained a leg injury and is being evaluated at Valley Hospital. A total of 12 fire suppression vehicles and 4 command vehicles responded staffed by a total of 40 firefighters. Automatic aid assistance was provided by Spokane County Fire District #8 and the Spokane Fire Department. Additional assistance provided by Avista Utilities and a standby ambulance from AMR.
The fire started on the home’s back deck and was discovered by two teenage residents of the home, who unsuccessfully attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher. The fire cause is under investigation at this time. The home was heavily damaged by fire and is uninhabitable, and Red Cross was contacted to assist the family. The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents to safely monitor all outdoor cooking fires and have them at least 10 feet away from any flammable structures.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department also launched a self-reporting system called “Community Connect.” Using the online site, the public can self-report their health status to help first responders be better prepared to respond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit https://www.communityconnect.io/covid-19
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 fire district’s ISO Class 2 rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.
- Julie Happy