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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO A FULLY INVOLVED FIRE ON E 25TH AVE
For Immediate Release:
May 23, 2020
Community Affairs Manager
Spokane Valley Fire Department
Spokane Valley Fire Responds to a Fully Involved Fire on E 25th Ave
Fire Spreads to Three Structures, RV, Home, and Detached Shop
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) firefighters responded at 1:25 a.m. this morning to a report of a fully involved RV in a driveway next to a residence in the 11,000 block of E 25th Avenue in Spokane Valley. Several callers alerted 911 of seeing a structure on fire.
Initial arriving units reported a fully involved RV in the driveway next to a residence. The detached shop was also fully involved and there was an active fire occurring to the main residence.
Multiple SVFD fire crews were assigned to various duties including an Officer who was assigned to safety. He monitored the fire, reporting on the progression of the fire to the commanding Officer who continued to evaluate and implement a strategic plan for knocking back the intensity of the fire.
The initial walk around the property by the Officer assigned to safety was blocked by flames. Based on all the evaluations of the property and the fire progression, a plan was developed on the best approach to put the fire out which included safely taking down the front of the shop and the remaining sheet metal on the roof. A section was marked off below the high tension power lines with red hazard tape in case the lines fell as well as the main power was shut off.
Crews worked aggressively to put the fire out on all locations. Fire was in the attic as well as smoke and light heat in the basement. There was heat, fire and smoke in concealed spaces above the kitchen area, crews pulled the ceiling and extinguished the hot spots.
All human occupants had evacuated and were not injured. The family dog did not make it out. One of the residence said he had been working in the shop earlier in the evening and stoked the wood stove in the shop prior to going to bed around 10 p.m. The resident awoke to the fully involved fire from the shop.
Preliminary investigation believes the shop to be the origin of the fire. Further investigation is on-going for final determination. There were a total of three residents living at the residence with two of them being out of town. Red Cross was contacted to assist the residents as they are presently displaced from the home as it is unable to be occupied.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents to have a home evacuation plan. Practice it with all the occupants of your home. If you use a stove for heating, make sure the fire is out before going to bed.
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 the fire district’s ISO Class 2 rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.
- Julie Happy