Sunday, February 17 2013 9:46 PM EST2013-02-18 02:46:49 GMT
COLVILLE, Wash. - Firefighters and police have reopened the road in downtown Colville that was blocked due to efforts in fighting the devastating blaze at Saundra's Furniture and Design. >>
COLVILLE, Wash. - Firefighters and police have reopened the road in downtown Colville that was blocked due to efforts in fighting the devastating blaze at Saundra's Furniture and Design. INSIDE>>>|SLIDESHOW|RAW INTERVIEW WITH OWNER OF STORE|VIDEO FROM THE SCENE>>
COLVILLE, Wash. – The Colville Police and Fire Departments were on scene Sunday working to determine the cause of a fire that completely destroyed a furniture store Saturday night.
The Colville Police Chief said they were very cautious about who they sent inside Saundra's Furniture & Design because with the extensive fire damage, the walls were very unstable.
The damage is too extensive for repairs, so now store employees and the owner are trying to figure out where to go from here.
"I'm not sure," said Saundra Furniture and Design Store Owner, Saundra Wilma. "We are going to talk to an insurance company and see how we can support our employees while we re-build. That's the biggest thing is to figure out how to do that."
Saundra has owned the furniture store in downtown Colville for close to twenty years.
"I already cried on the way home," Saundra said. "It is just a lot of work that we've all put in, my employees are like family and they all asked me where do they report Monday, I don't know where they go."
She says everyone is devastated at the loss of the store that has been a fixture in town for the past fifty years.
"It's another family member, the store is to everyone, as are all of my employees," Saundra said. "They're all family members, not that we're related, it just seems like it. We're one big family."
Saundra's daughter, Genevieve Wilma, took over as manager in January. She says she locked up the store around 6:00 p.m. and received the call about the fire just two hours later.
"I saw the building orange all the way up as far as I could see and fire everywhere," Genevieve Wilma said. "People were on the street taking pictures just in amazement and coming up to me and giving me hugs."
The fire started shortly after 8:00 p.m. Saturday and quickly spread through the furniture store. The furniture inside is completely burned and even though the walls of the building are still standing, they will not be for much longer. Crews said the structure is so unstable they will have to knock it down and start completely from scratch.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. However, rumors are circulating around town.
"I did talk to a reserve officer who said that someone across the street saw a white car drive off squealing and fast and thought they threw something at it," Saundra said. "That's the word on the street."
The police chief could not confirm whether or not the fire was arson. The investigation into the cause is still ongoing.
Although it will take time to repair, Saundra hopes to rebuild the store just as it was.
"This is the right place and Colville needs this store to be open here they really do," Saundra said. "It's really an anchor and it's been an anchor for years."
Therefore, in the meantime, business must go on.
"We need to get a phone to forward our calls to, we need to get an office, and we need to deliver furniture next week that's still in our warehouse thank goodness, but anything that was sold that's on the floor is gone," Saundra said.
Saundra also says she has received an incredible amount of support from the community and from people on Facebook. She is just thankful no one was hurt in the fire.
Friday, June 14 2013 1:16 PM EDT2013-06-14 17:16:21 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office and the Spokane Police Dept. responded to a fatal drive by shooting early Wednesday afternoon in the 7000 block of North Atlantic.>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Law enforcement now has in their possession the vehicle of the man they believe shot and killed Fabian McBride Wednesday in Spokane in the 7000 block of North Atlantic, just outside the Spokane city limits. When detectives located the vehicle the suspect, 19-year-old Issiah Schauman, was not inside so the search for him continues.>>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 1:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 05:37:11 GMT
Deputies are investigating a high speed crash in the Peone Prairie area just south of Greenbluff.>>
Deputies are investigating a high speed crash in the Peone Prairie area just south of Greenbluff. Investigators say the 1998 dodge avenger was heading west on Peone Road at a high rate of speed and at some point the 18 year old driver, who had just left his home in Mead, lost control, hit a power pole and rolled the car.>>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 1:32 AM EDT2013-06-18 05:32:21 GMT
A 23-year-old man was sentenced in court today 11 months after he hit a 2-year-old girl with his car while drunk, and then fled the scene.>>
A 23-year-old man was sentenced in court today 11 months after he hit a 2-year-old girl with his car while drunk, and then fled the scene. Timmy Nguyen was sentenced to 12 months in prison for vehicular assault, and ordered to pay over $37,000 in restitution to the family of the girl he hit. >>
Firefighters are battling a house fire west of Spokane next to the Medical Lake exit off of I-90. The call came in just before 6:00pm of a house on fire in the 6500 block of S. West Terrace Drive. Once firefighters arrived on scene they found flames coming through the roof and upgraded it to a working fire. >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:54:35 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash – It doesn't take too long to find in any population center – graffiti sprayed on walls, buildings, and in alleys.>>
SPOKANE, Wash – It doesn't take too long to find in any population center – graffiti sprayed on walls, buildings, and in alleys. Local business owner John Waite says the tagging problem in Spokane has always been bad, but in the last three years or so, it's gotten worse.>>
Monday, June 17 2013 8:48 PM EDT2013-06-18 00:48:01 GMT
A company based in Dalton Gardens, Idaho have created "Jihawg" ammunition. The concept is to defend against Islamic extremists and create "Peace Through Pork". >>
A company based in Dalton Gardens, Idaho have created "Jihawg" ammunition. The concept is to defend against Islamic extremists and create "Peace Through Pork". According to Islamic law pork is unclean. Anyone who is considered unclean must go through a cleansing ritual. No unclean person will be accepted in to paradise after death.>>
Monday, June 17 2013 8:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 00:07:38 GMT
Spokane Police say just after 4:00pm Monday afternoon they were called to the Riverfront Park fountain for a belligerent male who was pounding on the roof of a security car.>>
Spokane Police say just after 4:00pm Monday afternoon they were called to the Riverfront Park fountain for a belligerent male who was pounding on the roof of a security car. While on that call, a dog ran up to an officer and bit his leg. In an effort to get the dog to stop biting him, the officer kicked the dog away.>>
SEATTLE (AP) - The King County Sheriff's office says they have charged two people in connection with the theft of 4.3 miles of copper wire from the Sound Transit light rail system. Sgt. Cindi West says the wire was discovering missing from within the elevated sections of the system more than a year ago. >>
Deputies and firefighters responded to a car crash in Spokane Valley Monday afternoon near the intersection of 4th and Blake. Deputies say the SUV was heading south on Blake when it was struck by another car, causing it to flip onto its top in a nearby yard. One person was able to get out of the SUV, but the driver had to be pulled out through the rear lift gate. Injuries appear to be minor. >>
Monday, June 17 2013 4:01 PM EDT2013-06-17 20:01:27 GMT
KHQ.COM - The Stevens County Sheriff's Office wants all of you to know about Terry L. Thomas, he's level 2 sex offender that is living the transient lifestyle.>>
KHQ.COM - The Stevens County Sheriff's Office wants all of you to know about Terry L. Thomas, he's level 2 sex offender that is living the transient lifestyle. The Stevens County Sheriff's Office has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. READ MORE DETAILS INSIDE>>> >>