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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO APARTMENT FIRE


06/07/21
               

For Immediate Release:

June 4, 2021

Contact:

Rick Freier

Public Information Officer

Spokane Valley Fire

(509) 319-6078

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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO APARTMENT FIRE

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Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units were dispatched at 6:47 p.m. to a second story apartment fire on the 15400 block of East 4th Avenue.  Because of the large column of smoke, the first responding apparatus requested additional units while driving to the scene.  Valley Ladder 10 was the first to arrive and deployed a 1.75-inch hose for fire attack. They quickly hit the fire from the outside and went to the second floor to look for people that were reportedly trapped in one of the second story apartments.

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Valley Engine 7 was second on scene and they took over fire attack while Valley Ladder 10 searched for victims on the second floor. When the search was complete, no one was found. The fire was under control within 10 minutes of the crew’s arrival. There were no injuries reported. In total, 11 fire apparatus, two Battalion Chiefs, and a Safety Officer responded to the scene.

Two apartments suffered heavy fire damage, one on the second floor and one on the third.  Four other apartments had minor smoke damage and one unit on the first floor had smoke and water damage. 17 people were displaced as a result of this fire, Red Cross was called in to help.

The fire originated on the second-floor balcony, the source of ignition was determined to be a propane barbecue that was too close to combustible material.

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The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents that a barbecue is something that should be monitored while in use. Make sure you follow all the manufactures recommendations and comply with local rules and regulations. Lastly, you should consider not using them on an apartment balcony.

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

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

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