PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE FIRE DEPT: On January 31, 2013 at 01:59 A.M. 6 Companies of Spokane Firefighters; 4 Engines, 1 Senior Ladder, 1 Heavy Rescue and two Battalion Chiefs responded to a reported structure fire located at 6018 N. Greenwood Blvd.
Firefighters under the direction of Captain Jim McNamee from Station 16 arrived at the fire within 4 minutes of being dispatched. (Station 16 is located at Assembly and Sanson.)
Captain McNamee reported over the radio that they had a single story home with smoke showing from the rear of the home and around the eaves. He stated that smoke conditions indicated that the fire had already extended into the attic.
The fire was upgraded to a "working fire" and the next responding engine was directed to secure a water supply from a hydrant. Captain McNamee made immediate contact with the family living in the home and verified that everyone was out of the structure and accounted for. A coordinated effort of firefighters confined the fire to the rear side of the home and attic area along this rear side.
These efforts brought the fire under control within 20 minutes. Fire crews were on the scene for over 2 1/2 hours overhauling the fire damaged areas and assisting the occupants. Investigators determined that a fish smoker on the back porch started the fire which moved up the outside wall and into the attic.
There were no injuries reported, although one of the occupants was treated for smoke inhalation. (This occupant had used a garden hose to extinguish some of the fire on the home's exterior.) The local Red Cross is assisting this family with their immediate needs.
Electrical Fish Smoker
Kitchen, two bedrooms and rear attic.
#Firefighters Responding: 22
Dollar Loss: $ 35,000
SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters responded to a house fire early Thursday morning at Greenwood & Francis. Battalion Chief Steve Sabo tells KHQ that the fire started outside, possibly in a fish smoker.
Firefighters had to open the ceiling up to knock the fire down. At least one person was treated for smoke inhalation.
As soon as we learn more details we'll post them.