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TWO ALARM COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE FIRE
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Shawn Pichette
October 7, 2019
Firefighter-Engineer/Public Information Officer
Spokane Valley Fire
Two Alarm Commercial Structure Fire
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) and Spokane Fire Department (SFD) firefighters responded at 11:27 PM yesterday evening for a report of a commercial structure fire in the 5500 block of East Mallon. A 911 caller from the area reported black and grey smoke coming from a commercial building.
Valley Engine 6 upon leaving their Fire Station observed a smoke column in the general area of the reported fire, and immediately upgraded the response to a working fire. This upgrade added additional units into the response, providing more equipment and personnel to help fight the fire.
Engine 6 quickly arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke and fire protruding from the building. Engine 6 prepared to go offensive on the fire, using aggressive yet safe firefighting tactics. Spokane Engine 8 arrived shortly after and established a water supply for Engine 6.
Arriving crews were initially met with some challenges. A second alarm was added, bringing even more resources to the scene. Gaining access to the commercial property initially slowed initial crews from entering the structure. Natural gas was also free flowing from the front of the structure (Mallon). These challenges were quickly mitigated and firefighters were able to aggressively attack the seat of the fire.
A total of 21 fire trucks and command vehicles responded with approximately 50 firefighters. Four fire engines, three ladder trucks, and two battalion chief responded from the Spokane Fire Department as part of our automatic aid agreement. Fire companies were returned to stations once they were no longer needed.
There is no current estimate in cost of damages, and the exact cause is still pending investigation by the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. SVFD firefighter crews which include paramedics and EMT’s, responded to more than 17,487 emergency calls in 2018.
Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International; and has a Class 2 WSRB rating as given by the Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau (WSRB). SVFD is one of four accredited fire departments in the state and the only accredited department with distinction as a WSRB class 2.
For more information about Spokane Valley Fire Department, visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.
- Julie Happy