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Spokane Valley Fire Causes $50,000 Dollars Damage

PRESS RELEASE FROM SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT:

Resources from the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) were dispatched at 10:27 P.M. last evening to a reported structure fire at 11712 E 36th Avenue in the Spokane Valley. The initial arriving engine company reported that pressurized black smoke was visible from multiple locations in the roof, eaves, and gable vents. The fire was upgraded to a working response which brought additional resources to the scene.

Five engine companies, one ladder, one rescue, and two battalion chiefs responded to this incident, with a total of 29 personnel on the initial and upgraded alarm. The fire was reported to be knocked down approximately 23 minutes after the initial dispatch. SVFD crews used a combination of vertical ventilation and interior fire attack to contain this fire to one bathroom and the attic area.

Two residents were home at the time of the fire and were able to safely escape from the single family home which was built in the late 1970s. Representatives of the American Red Cross were on scene to coordinate housing and other needs for the displaced occupants. Damage to the structure was estimated at approximately $50,000 and the cause is currently under investigation. The home was insured and had smoke detectors, but it was unknown if the detectors were working at the time of the fire.

No firefighter injuries were reported at this incident and crews remained on scene for several hours conducting overhaul operations designed to ensure that no hidden fire remained. The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to several additional emergencies while crews were assigned to this fire. One apparatus each from the Spokane Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District #8 were requested to move-up to SVFD stations in order to ensure continuity of service to the community. This type of regional cooperation is common among Spokane County fire departments.

Remember to test smoke detectors monthly and to replace batteries twice per year. Working smoke detectors provide early notification of fire and improve the chance of occupant survival.

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