For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2021
Spokane Valley Fire PIO
SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE
At approximately 0735, Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units were dispatched to a reported fire in an apartment complex in the 13300 block of East Mission. Responding units could see a smoke column from as bar away as Harvard. The fire was updated to a working fire, which dispatched additional units to the fire.
Initial crews observed fire on the exterior of a second story apartment. They pulled pre-charged hose lines and quickly knocked down the fire before making access into an apartment unit.
The fire had extended into the attic space so ladder crews accessed the roof and made several openings in the roof to help improve the visibility inside the structure.
Multiple crews were assigned to extinguish the fire, while others searched adjoining units to ensure all residents had been located and evacuated.
The aggressive fire attack prevented the fire from extending into additional apartments. Four units were damaged by fire, smoke or water. The residents were contacted and arrangements were being made with the Red Cross for temporary shelter.
A total of fifteen units responded to the fire, including a ladder truck from Spokane Fire as part of an automatic aid agreement. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries to crews or residents were reported.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents as we head into Wildfire Season to protect homes as much as possible. Wildfires can easily spread from blowing embers and flames. Maintaining your home and utilizing landscaping techniques, homeowners can reduce the chance of embers and flames finding a place to easily ignite. Make sure to use proper fire safe lighting & heating units for your chicken coop to keep the coop and your nearby home free from fire risk.
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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