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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO GARAGE FIRE


04/19/21
               

For Immediate Release:

April 18, 2021

Contact:

Craig Warzon

SVFD PIO Officer

warzonc@spokanevalleyfire.com

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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO GARAGE FIRE

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The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a reported garage fire at approximately 1035 today in the north 100 block of Marguerite. Dispatch received several callers reporting the fire and stating that they had heard explosions.

Battalion Chief Mark Knokey and Rescued Dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responding crews saw a column of smoke and quickly upgraded the fire, sending additional resources to the scene.

The first arriving crews found a fully involved detached garage. A preconnected hose line was used to control the fire, while additional lines were pulled to protect the adjoining structures. The homeowner’s residence was being damaged by the fire as well as the neighboring residence to the east. An outbuilding and automobile were also burning. Crews quickly knocked down the fires on the exposures, limiting the damage to the exterior of the structures.

The reported explosions were most likely propane tanks that were ruptured in the fire.

Another crew searched the primary fire residence, ensuring that no one was home. SVFD always searches residences/structures, even if residents state that no one is in home. Searches have located people that the home owners have forgotten were staying or visiting during the initial confusion of a fire scene.

The residents were not home, but their small dog, Maru, was located and placed in the Battalion Chief’s vehicle.

A total of 14 fire units responded to the call. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

SVFD would like to remind homeowners and business owners to properly store flammable and hazardous materials.

 

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 2020, SVFD firefighter crews, including its paramedics and EMTs, responded to more than 18,700 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.

Connect with SVFD at: spokanevalleyfire.com. For department news, safety information, and timely updates, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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