UPDATE: Explosion & Fire At Spokane Valley Medical Offices - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Explosion & Fire At Spokane Valley Medical Offices

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – Authorities say it could be weeks before a building damaged by fire in Spokane Valley could re-open for patients. Fire ripped through the ground floor of the Valley Mission Professional Building shortly before an explosion around 7 a.m. on Monday.

Bill Clifford from the Spokane Valley Fire Department said at least one nitrous oxide tank exploded inside an oral surgery office. The explosion was so strong it knocked part of the building's facade from the west end of the complex.

A pharmacy and several doctors' offices were damaged by heavy smoke in the complex and several practices started re-booking patients at other locations.

An employee of the oral surgery practice reported a pop at about 7 a.m. before smoke and flames were seen coming from the building.

Multiple people called 9-1-1 after seeing the flames.

Mission Avenue was closed near Pines Road for several hours as fire fighters battled the fire.

Authorities with the Spokane Valley Fire Department said it does not appear the fire was intentionally set, but added they have not yet determined a cause for the fire.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded at 6:58 AM to a report of light smoke coming from a business at 12509 E. Mission Ave. (Valley Mission Professional Building).
A second call came in reporting an explosion had just occurred with black smoke and fire visible. The call was upgraded to a 2nd alarm requesting additional engines from Spokane Fire Department, SCFD 8, and SCFD 9.

An employee was opening up the business this morning as usual, when she heard an unusual popping sound. She saw white smoke coming from one of the rooms and exited the building.

She went to the second floor to alert additional businesses when the explosion occurred. Everyone made it out of the building safely and there were no injuries to firefighters working the fire.

Approximately 42 firefighters worked diligently and had the fire knocked down in 30 minutes then continued to extinguish the hot spots. The fire is undergoing an active investigation but does not appear to be suspicious. There is not an estimate of the damages at this time. The business in the building will remain closed until an evaluation for safety, and stability of the building is completed.


SVFD would like to thank the public for keeping clear of the area so firefighters could work safely. SVFD would also like to thank the other responding districts for their quick response to assist with the fire.

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