For Immediate Release:

May 24, 2020


Julie Happy

Community Affairs Manager

Spokane Valley Fire Department



Spokane Valley Fire Responds to Fire on Barker Road Early Sunday Morning


Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) firefighters responded at 5:31 a.m. this morning to a report of a fire on Barker Road at 1220 N Barker behind the Chevron building.  A caller thought the burn barrel behind the Chevron was on fire. They reported the fire was burning on the walls and roof.

Gas Station Fire









Gas Station Fire









Initial crews arrived to find flames from the wall, attic, and roof on the east side of the building and upgraded the fire to a working fire.  SVFD received auto aid help from Fire District 8 and worked together to knock the fire back with an aggressive offensive approach.  The strategy was moved to a defensive approach because of the conditions and the fire that had spread to the attic and roof.  The roof started sagging and collapse was happening to the interior.  The collapse was being monitored and was imminent and crews were prepared and in a safe position when this ultimately occurred.

Crews used two ladder pipes and several hand lines to fight the fire.  Once the fire was out crews continued to hit the hot spots to make sure the fire was completely out and contained.

There were no crews injured and the employee of the gas station had exited the building and was safe and unharmed.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents and businesses to monitor exterior storage including trash, cardboard and other combustible products. Keeping these items stored away from your building in proper containers can deter arson, and reduce vandalism.


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.

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