For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2021
Community Affairs Manager
Spokane Valley Fire Department
SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE CALLED TO TWO FIRES IN 10 MINUTES AROUND MIDNIGHT
THANKS TO NEIGHBOR ONE FAMILY IS RESCUED FROM BURNING HOME
Spokane Valley Fire Department crews were called on two structure fires 10 minutes apart in the early morning.
Crews were called to the first fire around 12:32 a.m. Crews were called to the12600 block of E. Main Ave to an abandoned house where smoke was seen coming out from the roof. The fire was called in by neighbor.
V21 was first on scene with VL8, VL10, VE9, VE7, VS8. The fire started under the front porch where crews quickly started to take care of the fire.
V21 arrived on scene first with VL8 arriving shortly after. Initially a quick hit to the exterior occurred followed by an interior fire strategy. With primary search and vertical ventilation completed, fire operations were changed to defensive due to fire extending into void spaces in the attic and some electrical concerns discovered while fighting the fire.
Modern electric was called for electrical. A board up company was called to seal up the structure.
The investigator determination has the fire source as most likely caused by a transient fire under the front porch that spread to the interior of the abandoned property.
The second fire occurred around 12:42 a.m. Crews were called to the 9500 block on E. 4th Ave where a small travel trailer was on fire in a driveway. Residents had evacuated the home with the help of a neighbor. The neighbor’s quick response getting the residents out of the house most likely saved the lives of the residents.
There were no working smoke detectors in the home.
The investigator determination has the fire source as an LP fueled heating device that was being used to heat the home placed too close to combustibles or flammable items.
VE6 was first on scene with VE2, V22 was redirected from the Main Ave fire to the new fire on 4th Ave.
VE6 arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the fire with tank water and no extension to other structures. One patient was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Spokane Valley Fire Department is reminding residents during the month of February that winter is a time of year where more fires occur. Please make sure you have working smoke alarms and test them regularly. Also, if you are using portable heaters, make sure to turn them off at night and only to plug them straight into the outlet. Never plug them into an extension cord.
About Spokane Valley Fire Department
The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000+ over 75-square miles, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas. In 2020, our cross-trained Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics responded to more than 18,700 emergency calls.
Established in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), and by SVFD’s Class 2 fire insurance rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau
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