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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO APARTMENT FIRE


07/15/21
               

For Immediate Release:

July 15, 2021

Contact:

Julie Happy

Community Affairs Manager

Spokane Valley Fire

(509) 892.4155

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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO

APARTMENT FIRE

FIRE CREWS FACE DIFFICULT CONDITIONS

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Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units were dispatched at approximately 3:30 p.m. to an apartment fire in the 12200 block of East Maxwell.  The fire was called in by a resident noticing smoke on the 3rd floor.  Neighbors attempted to put the fire out with water before fire crews arrived.   The fire extended into the attic and across 2 apartments.  Because of the large column of dark smoke, the first responding apparatus requested additional units while driving to the scene.  Crews were aggressively assigned to search in coordination with fire attack. Two firefighters were injured, and a dog and cat were rescued.

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A total of 30 apparatus responded which included 2 ladder trucks, several engines, Chief Officers, and assistance from the Sheriff’s Office for traffic and help with crowd control.  Help also was received from City of Spokane.  With temperatures still high and firefighters fighting daily fires, Firefighter health is a big concern.

Red Cross is on hand helping 6 families whose apartments were affected by the fire.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like everyone to keep the extreme temperatures in the forefront.  They are a threat to our community should a fire occur, and they are a threat to firefighters’ health when wearing fire protection gear and equipment that adds 50 to 100 pounds to their body weight.  Keeping hydrated is extremely difficult under these conditions.

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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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