Fire at Spokane Valley sheet metal business
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Fire investigators with the Spokane Valley Fire Department are trying to determine what started a fire at a Spokane Valley business early Thursday morning. The fire at Anderson's Sheet Metal Heating at 13903 E Trent Ave reportedly broke out just before 1:00 a.m Thursday and forced the Washington State Patrol to partially close several intersections in the area of Trent & Evergreen.
Firefighters were on scene until at least 5:00 a.m. performing overhaul operations and trying to make sure that any hot spots inside the structure were completely under control. The fire did significant damage to the building. However, the majority of that damage was concentrated in the front portion of the building, which was occupied by an office space.
Office staff reportedly were able to salvage some documents from inside the office. The owner, Mike Anderson said they would conduct business as usual Thursday, despite the fire, because the fire didn't seriously damage equipment in the rear of the building.
More than two dozen firefighters responded to the fire, following an emergency call from a convenience store clerk near the business. The clerk at the Tesoro store across the street declined to speak on camera. However she told KHQ that when she first saw the fire, flames were shooting from the building's roof.
Westbound lanes of Trent Road were blocked for several hours, with traffic diverted into the eastbound lanes while fire crews fought the fire. That road was fully reopened shortly after 5:00 a.m. Thursday.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department says no injuries were reported in the fire.