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Fire Erupts in Avista Storage Trailer

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire and explosions broke out in a storage trailer at Avista utility's equipment yards Monday afternoon on East Mission Avenue. The fire causes plumes of black smoke so large that Spokane fire crews could see them from the South Hill.

Spokane firefighters received the first call about a fire at Avista's headquarters around noon when a construction storage trailer, with a hydraulic lift, was engulfed in flames. Inside the trailer, fire crews said there was PVC piping, construction materials, and several flammable liquids which sparked several explosions.

Several Avista employees tried to put out the fire with fire extinguishers but firefighters said the blaze grew too large, too fast, especially with the flammable liquids inside the trailer.

No one was hurt.

Several witnesses caught the fire on camera including nearby resident Olga Tarshikov, who was washing the dishes when she saw the fire and heard the explosions from her kitchen window.

"I was scared at first because it was too big," Tarshikov said. "Flames and dark smoke were everywhere."

At this point, firefighters said the trailer and everything inside the trailer is completely destroyed as well. Portable mechanical equipment was also damaged. In all, one firefighter estimated the preliminary damages to be $100,000.

Avista thanked the firefighters for their quick response to the fire.

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