Spontaneous combustion causes fire inside Spokane Valley home - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spontaneous combustion causes fire inside Spokane Valley home

E 20th Ct in Spokane Valley E 20th Ct in Spokane Valley

SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire crews responded to a house fire in the 16800 block of east 20th Court in the Spokane Valley on Thursday. The homeowner was able to escape safely but treated on scene with minor smoke inhalation.

First arriving crews entered the home, located the fire in the basement and quickly extinguished the fire. Fire damage was limited to the basement with smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure. Fire Investigators identified the cause of the fire to be spontaneous combustion of rags used to stain some benches in the basement. Damage from the fire could exceed $20,000 dollars.

When staining or varnishing wood always place the rags outside of the structure to dry or place them in a bucket of water. Never leave them bunched together and or inside the structure.

 

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