Structure fire at 1725 E. Francis - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Structure fire at 1725 E. Francis

SPOKANE, Wash.- At 7:36 p.m. Wednesday night, the Spokane Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1723 E. Francis. 

Spokane firefighters say when they responded they were already short-staffed because of a brush fire already burning in northeast Spokane.

Firefighters had to come from the South Hill to fight the fire.  They say upon arrival, they found a two-story structure with heavy smoke showing out of all sides of the building and fire in the rear. 

It was quickly determined that the structure was not safe for firefighters to enter and fight from the inside or to allow firefighters to work on the roof to ventilate the building.

Additional units were requested, which meant other fire districts and departments from surrounding counties were called to help.

Not only were other fire departments needed to help battle the structure fire, but traffic on Francis Avenue was delayed as fire units spilled into the streets. Units were also called in to control traffic.

Firefighters say the incident became a defensive fire almost immediately, and firefighters focused on protecting other buildings from exposure and fighting the fire from the outside. 

According to firefighters, the building and the commercial rental business inside are both total losses, at an estimated value of $750,000.  The business owner says she rents out supplies used at weddings and has 40-60 brides depending on her rentals for their weddings this weekend.  She says she hopes other rental places in town will help.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Court Docs: Spokane Valley man charged with beating toddler now being investigated for sexual assault

    Court Docs: Spokane Valley man charged with beating toddler now being investigated for sexual assault

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 8:59 PM EST2017-12-13 01:59:01 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 22-year-old Spokane Valley man already in custody for allegedly beating his girlfriend's 21-month-old daughter is now being investigated for possibly sexually abusing her as well. Detectives said DNA was recovered during a sexual assault kit that indicates the victim was sexually abused.  Court documents identify the suspect as Brandon Oquendo. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 22-year-old Spokane Valley man already in custody for allegedly beating his girlfriend's 21-month-old daughter is now being investigated for possibly sexually abusing her as well. Detectives said DNA was recovered during a sexual assault kit that indicates the victim was sexually abused.  Court documents identify the suspect as Brandon Oquendo. 

    >>
  • Electronics stolen from North Spokane home before Christmas

    Electronics stolen from North Spokane home before Christmas

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 2:16 AM EST2017-12-12 07:16:24 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- A North Spokane family is hoping to find the thieves who stole not just from their Christmas but from the people whose belongings they were repairing. Kevin and Ronnie Ryno say they've never had a problem with theft until Monday. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- A North Spokane family is hoping to find the thieves who stole not just from their Christmas but from the people whose belongings they were repairing. Kevin and Ronnie Ryno say they've never had a problem with theft until Monday. 

    >>
  • Toddler signs for help while sitting on Santa's lap

    Toddler signs for help while sitting on Santa's lap

    Sunday, December 10 2017 7:43 PM EST2017-12-11 00:43:17 GMT

    OWING MILLS, Md.  - A family in Maryland is going viral after they brought their 1-year-old son to take a photo with Santa Claus and the results are hilarious. Kerry Spencer tweeted out the photo last week. She captioned it, "We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for 'help.' You're welcome."

    >>

    OWING MILLS, Md.  - A family in Maryland is going viral after they brought their 1-year-old son to take a photo with Santa Claus and the results are hilarious. Kerry Spencer tweeted out the photo last week. She captioned it, "We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for 'help.' You're welcome."

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/