Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fire Press Release

ISSUING OFFICER: Bruce Moline/Battalion Chief
DATE OF INCIDENT: 10/11/2010
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
CITY: Spokane
ZIP: 99223

NARRATIVE: On Monday October 11th, 2010 at 8:14 A.M. the Spokane Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the Wendy's restaurant located at 4401 S. Regal. Engine 11 from their neighborhood fire station location of 32nd and Perry was the first to arrive and found a grease fire in the kitchen. They quickly entered the building while stretching a hose line and also carried a portable extinguisher. They were successful in knocking down the flames and containing the fire to the kitchen area without fire spreading further vertically into the attic space and roof area. As the fire extinguishment efforts were underway, Ladder 1 from their downtown location of Riverside and Browne accessed the roof to make sure the fire was in check and to provide any vertical ventilation if it was needed. Engine 9 from their neighborhood location of 18th and Bernard entered the structure and assisted the fire attack efforts by pulling ceiling to expose any areas where the fire may have extended. All of the restaurant employees that were inside the building managed to escape on their own. The fire was declared controlled and extinguished after approximately 15 minutes. One firefighter received minor smoke inhalation and was transported to Deaconess Hospital and was released later to duty after an evaluation. A total of 18 firefighters fought this blaze. The cause at this time appears to be a deep fat fryer that was in use by restaurant employees. The County Health Department arrived on scene to inspect the damage which consisted of fire damage to the fryer and smoke damage throughout the building.

PROBABLE CAUSE: A deep fat fryer in use by restaurant employees.
DAMAGE EXTENT: The fryer received significant damage from the fire. There was smoke damage throughout the restaurant.
MUTUAL AID: None Given

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