Sunday, December 25, 2011

Fire Press Release


Christmas Morning North Battalion House Fire

Incident #: 2011051911
Date of Incident: 12/25/2011
Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer

Narrative:
On Christmas morning, December 25, 2011 at 5:33AM, 6 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 1 Senior Ladder, 1 Heavy Rescue, 4 Engines under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Haworth and Brown, responded to a Structure Fire at 823 East Crown Avenue in Northeast Spokane. Spokane Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from the attic and first floor; as well as flames from the roof of a one-story duplex. The first arriving Chief declared a working fire and added an additional senior ladder and AMR Supervisor to the scene. Finding a quickly moving fire in one unit of the duplex, firefighters commenced a quick search for occupants while laddering and ventilating the ice-covered roof. A single adult male occupant of the fire unit was located outside the structure (awaken by a neighbor). An adult male and his son residing in the adjacent unit were quickly located and brought outside by firefighters. Arriving engine companies stretched pre-connected hoselines into multiple areas of the structure to confine the fire and halt its progress. The well coordinated effort of firefighters confined flames to one unit's attic area within just 1 hour. There were no injuries reported from either residents or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and caused by a faulty fire place.

Damage:
Though loss from the fire was limited to predominately one unit; both units were rendered temporarily untenable due to the impact of the fire's impingement on utilities. One family was referred to the American Red Cross for interim placement assistance. Both families were incredibly fortunate as there were no working smoke detectors in the building.

# Firefighters Responding: 26

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fire Press Release

South Battalion Duplex Fire

Incident #: 2011051778#
Date of Incident: 12/24/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe

Narrative:
On Saturday December 23rd 2011 at 03:54, four engine companies, two senior ladders, one heavy rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Donahoe and Jones responded to a Structure Fire at 2303 East Mission. Firefighters arrived to find smoke emitting for the roof eves of a single story duplex. The first engine company reported heavy fire in the basement of the affected unit. Companies made a complete search of both the 2303 and 2305 addressed units of the duplex. The 50 year old male occupant from the affected unit suffered smoke inhalation but made it out of the building prior to the Fire Departments arrival. He is being treated at Holy Family Hospital. Three adults, one child and a cat were assisted out of the adjacent unit by Firefighters making the primary search. The fire was under control within 30 minutes but crews remained on scene for approximately four hours to make sure the fire was completely out. It should be noted that both Duplex units did not have a working smoke detector on either the basement or the first floor and the Spokane Fire Dept installed the required smoke detectors prior to leaving. The 4 occupants in the adjacent unit next to the fire were able to move back into their home with no fire or smoke damage. The male occupant in the fire affected unit will be residing with friends until major structural repair,Chimney repair, smoke damage and electrical issues can be rectified.

Cause:
The Special Investigation Unit has determined that the fire was caused by a defective chimney with a wood stove insert. The Spokane Fire Department would like to remind citizens to have their chimney inspected and cleaned each year prior to use. These occupants were very fortunate to escape this fire especially without working smoke detectors.

Damage:
There is structural damage from the fire in the basement and first floor, along with smoke damage throughout the affected unit. The Chimney is in need of replacement or major repair. The adjacent duplex unit was protected from any fire or smoke damage

# Firefighters Responding: 24

Dollar Loss: $30,000.00

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Facebook Page

Hi everybody. Our new Facebook page is up and running. You can check it out here. We had to transition to a page because we had too many friends (I guess there really is such a thing).

If you have some pictures you would like to share on the page, please send them my way. If you have a short description, we can include that too.

Hope you have a great Christmas, John

Fire Press Release

Attic Fire South Battalion

Incident #: 2011051582
Date of Incident: 12/22/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Dan Brown

Narrative:
On the afternoon of 12-22-11 at 4:04 pm the Spokane Fire department responded to a reported structure fire at 2007 East 6th. Several calls were received at City Fire Dispatch reporting the fire. Assistant Chief Schaeffer was first on scene at 4:09 followed by several fire apparatus and command personnel. It was reported that smoke was showing from the roof and attic space of a one story wood frame house. Crews were assigned to search and locate the fire. Fire was located in the attic and attack leads were put into place along with roof ventilation. Extensive overhaul was done inside to aid in extinguishment of the fire. The main body of the fire was knocked down in about 15 minute's complete overhaul and extinguishment was completed in about 2 hours. Damage was confined to the roof , attic space and ceilings. One Firefighter was injured and released from duty with a shoulder sprain, no other injuries were reported. 21 firefighters 3 command officers reported to this incident. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

Cause:
Under investigation

Damage:
Damage to the roof attic space and ceillings, with some water damage.

# Firefighters Responding: 21

Dollar Loss: $35000.00

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fire Press Release

Kitchen Fire in North Side Home

Incident #: 2011051496
Date of Incident: 12/21/2011
Issuing Officer: Bob Green/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
The Spokane City Fire Dept. dispatched fire fighting crews and their apparatus Wednesday night, Dec. 21st, to 1010 E. Decatur at 23:12 hrs. to a reported structure fire. The first arriving fire company reported smoke issuing from the front door of a 1.5 story wood/frame dwelling. As other fire apparatus began arriving on scene, assignments were being made by the Incident Commander. Those assignments included advancing a charged hose line into the structure, horizontal and possible vertical ventilation of the building, searching for any victims on all the floors, securing a water supply, a back-up hose line to protect the firefighters who would be making initial entry into the building, and the formation of a Rapid Intervention Team who would be standing by to rescue any firefighter who might become injured, lost, or trapped inside the building. The combined efforts of the fire fighting crews at this fire kept the flames confined to the 1st floor kitchen area. Four Engines, one Ladder Truck, one Heavy Rescue Rig, and two Command Vehicles delivered 21 firefighters to the scene of this fire. The fire damage was limited to the 1st floor kitchen area of the structure, although there was smoke damage to most other areas of the first floor. The occupants of the home were able to safely exit their home at the time of the fire, however they will not be able to stay in the house because of the significant interior damage and because the utilities, gas and electricity, have been disconnected. There were no reports of any injuries to firefighters at the scene or to the residents of the building. A member of the Spokane City Fire Dept's Special Investigation Unit was at the fire and he began his investigation as soon as conditions inside the structure allowed him to safely enter.

Cause:
Under Investigation.

Damage:
Kitchen area of the first floor, smoke damage throughout the structure, ventilation holes cut into the roof.

# Firefighters Responding: 21

Dollar Loss: $20,000

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Retirement Parties This Month!


Looking for another holiday in between Christmas and New Years? How about two? Please come out and wish our brothers the best in their well-deserved retirement.

Dan Brown - 12/26/2011 begins at 1330 hours at Station 1
Doug Bacon - 12/27/2011 begins at 1300 until 1700 at Station 9



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fire Press Release

North Side Bedroom Fire

Incident #: 2011050341
Date of Incident: 12/13/2011
Issuing Officer: Bob Green/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
The Spokane City Fire Dept. dispatched fire fighting crews and their apparatus on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 13th, to 729 E. Broad at 17:15 hrs. for a reported structure fire. The first arriving fire company, from Sta. #15 located in the Hillyard neighborhood, reported smoke and fire issuing from two front-facing windows on the second floor of a 2 story wood/frame dwelling. As other fire apparatus began arriving on scene, assignments were being made by the initial Incident Commander, Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer who had arrived on the scene shortly after Engine 15, those assignments would include advancing a charged hose line into the structure, horizontal ventilation of the building, searching for any victims on all the floors, securing a water supply, a back-up hose line to protect the firefighters who would be making initial entry into the building, and the formation of a Rapid Intervention Team who would be standing by to rescue any firefighter who might become injured, lost, or trapped inside the building. The combined efforts of the fire fighting crews at this fire kept the flames confined to the 2nd floor bedrooms. Four Engines, two Ladder Trucks, one Heavy Rescue Rig, and three Command Vehicles delivered 25 firefighters to the scene of this blaze. The fire damage was limited to the 2nd floor, although there was smoke damage to areas of the first floor. The occupants of the home were able to safely exit their home at the time of the fire. The family had multiple pets in the structure and some of them were accounted for but some had not been located by the time firefighters left the scene. There were no reports of any injuries to firefighters at the scene or to the residents of the building. A member of the Spokane City Fire Dept's Special Investigation Unit was at the fire and he began his investigation as soon as conditions inside the structure allowed him to safely enter. His investigation will continue tomorrow during the day-light hours.

Cause:
Currently under investigation by the Special Investigation Unit of the Spokane City Fire Dept.

Damage:
Fire damage to the front bedrooms located on the second floor, heavy smoke damage to other areas of the second floor and some additional smoke damage to the first floor.

# Firefighters Responding: 25

Dollar Loss: $20,000

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Fire Press Release

35 East Garland

Incident #: 2011049888
Date of Incident: 12/10/2011
Issuing Officer: Joel Fielder/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
At 11:45 this morning, December 10, 2011 the Spokane Fire Department responded to 35 East Garland on a reported structure fire. The first crew on-scene reported fire and smoke showing from the eaves of a 1-story, wood framed residence. The occupant of the home reported the fire started on the outside of the structure and quickly entered the attic. Fire fighters aggressively attacked the fire from the interior of the structure while additional fire crews completed search and rescue, roof ventilation and salvage and overhaul. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes and fire crews will be on scene for several hours to complete the overhaul process. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters. 8 fire companies with 25 firefighters and 2 Battalion Chiefs responded to this fire.

Cause:
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Departments Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
Fire damage was confined to the exterior wall on the east side of the home, the main floor and attic

# Firefighters Responding: 25

Dollar Loss: $25000

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Fire Press Release

14th Ave. Fire

Incident #: 2011049490
Date of Incident: 12/7/2011
Issuing Officer: Craig Cornelius

Narrative:
On Wednesday December 07, 2011 at 12:26 PM, 6 Companies of Spokane Firefighters; 1 Senior Ladder, 4 Engines and 1 Heavy Rescue Truck under the direction of Deputy Chief Hanna, responded to a reported structure fire at 3125 W. 14th Ave. Firefighters from Station 4 arrived within 6 minutes and reported dark smoke showing from the second floor and eve areas of a 2 story home. Fire crews searched and verified that the residents were out of the structure and quickly commenced fire attack operations on the second floor. The fire was quickly brought under control and confined to a mechanical room and a portion of the ceiling above. However, the dark heavy smoke damaged the entire upper floor. The nine member family living in the damaged home is being assisted by the local Red Cross. There were no civilian casualties at this fire. One Firefighter sustained a minor neck injury during the fire's extinguishment.

Cause:
The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but appears to be electrical in nature

Damage:
The upper floor is damaged from fire and smoke. Lower areas in the home received water damage from a broken water pipe.

# Firefighters Responding: 20

Dollar Loss: $45000

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

FIRE PRESS RELEASE

East Wellesley structure Fire

Incident #: 2011048861
Date of Incident: 12/2/2011
Issuing Officer: Joel Fielder/ Battalion Chief

Narrative:
Today, December 2, 2011 the Spokane Fire Department responded at approximately 11:50 AM to 1507 East Wellesley on a reported structure fire. The first crew on-scene reported light smoke showing at the back of the 1-story, wood-framed single family home. After further investigation the fire crew discovered a fire in the attic of the home. They aggressively attacked the fire from the interior while additional fire crews completed search and rescue, salvage and overhaul. The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes and there were no reported injuries to any civilians or firefighters. Ten fire companies with 26 firefighters responded to this fire and were on scene for approximately 1.5 hours.

Cause:
The cause of the fire was determined to be an overloaded electrical circuit located in the attic that overheated and ignited near by combustibles.

Damage:
Fire damage was confined to the attic with minor smoke damage through out the rest of the structure.

# Firefighters Responding: 26

Dollar Loss: $5000

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

LODD--Brother George Sly Update

Time change for the service is moved to 1300 and no procession for anyone but Local 876.

Local 876, Spokane Valley Fire fighters have announced the passing of Brother George H. Sly. Brother Sly was a 32 year member of the Spokane Valley Fire Department and a member of Local 876. Brother Sly was an Engineer on Engine 3 at the time of his passing on November 22nd of 2011. Brother Sly served Local 876 in many official capacities and was known as the first LEOFF 2 hire in the department. Brother Sly succumbed to esophageal cancer presumed to be contracted from his many years serving his community. Brother Sly is survived by his wife Linda and adult children Kristoffer and Jocelyn. The celebration of Brother Sly's life will be on December 10th commencing at 1 pm. The venue for the service will be at His Place Church located at 3079 E 16th Avenue in Post Falls, Idaho. Class A uniforms are encouraged for line personnel. For additional information please contact Brother Steve Spuler at 509-993-0129 or Brother Brian Foster-Dow at 509-951-3283.

Monday, November 28, 2011

LODD--Brother George Sly

Brothers and Sisters,

Brother George Sly did succumb to esophageal cancer on November 22nd. His Funeral service in planned for December 10th at 2 pm. A processional is planned that will start at Station 10 located at 17217 Sprague Avenue and if you plan to be in it, be there no later than noon. Please inform the Locals in your District of this LODD and upcoming celebration of Brother Sly’s life. Class A uniforms are encouraged for line personnel.

A bit about Brother Sly:

George H. Sly was a 32 year member of the Spokane Valley Fire Department and a member of Local 876. Brother Sly was an Engineer on Engine 3 at the time of his passing on November 22nd of 2011. Brother Sly serve Local 876 in many official capacities and was known as the first LEOFF 2 hire in the department. Brother Sly succumbed to esophageal cancer presumed to be contracted from his many years serving his community. Brother Sly is survived by his wife Linda and adult children Kristoffer and Jocelyn. Those wishing to be in the processional should gather at Station 10 by noon located at 17217 Sprague Avenue. Class A uniforms are encouraged for line personnel.

Fraternally,

Ricky J. Walsh
IAFF 7th District VP

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fire Press Release Three Fer.

Thanksgiving Day fire damages house

Incident #: 2011047860
Date of Incident: 11/24/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Steve Sabo

Narrative:
At 10:43 A.M. Thursday, November 24th, the Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 814 W. 17th Avenue, in the City of Spokane. The first fire company arrived on scene within three minutes and reported a two story wood frame house with smoke showing from the eaves and attic vents. The homeowner met the arriving fire crew and reported a fire in the attic. As fire crews advanced hose lines to the attic, others laddered the roof and cut holes to allow the heat and smoke to escape. The fire was located and knocked down within fifteen minutes, but overhaul of the burned and fire damaged areas continued for several hours. Damage to the house was confined to a 12' by 12' area in the attic, the roof above that area, and some contents stored in the attic. In addition, the house sustained minor smoke, and water damage on the second floor. Electrical wiring was also damaged. The two adult occupants will be unable to stay in the house until the wiring can be repaired. An investigator from the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit conducted an investigation to determine the fire's cause, but has not yet released his report. In all, twenty-six fire department personnel responded on seven trucks and two command vehicles. There were no injuries to the occupants or any of the firefighters.

Cause:
The cause of this fire is still under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
Damage to the house and contents is estimated to be $10,000.

# Firefighters Responding: 26

Dollar Loss: $10,000

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North Battalion Fire in Commercial Building

Incident #: 2011047869
Date of Incident: 11/24/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Donahoe

Narrative:
On Thursday November 24th,2011 at 12:56 PM, 7 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 5 engines, 1 Senior Ladder and 1 Heavy Rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Donahoe and Sabo responded to a building fire at 2415 North Monroe. Police were on the scene and reported smoke emitting from a first floor open doorway of the story and a half commercial structure. Police also reported that 2 occupants were safely out of the building. North Battalion Chief Donahoe arrived first on scene and assigned companies to attack the fire, ventilate and search the structure for other possible occupants. Companies successfully located the fire in a room on the first floor and were able to confine it to the area of origin. After the rest of the building was searched it was confirmed only the two occupants had been in the building at the time of the fire. One twenty two year old male occupant did receive 1st degree burns to this forehead attempting to put out the fire with an extinguisher. The patient stated he would seek medical attention by private vehicle to Deaconess Emergency Room. No other injuries to civilians or Fire Fighters were reported. North and south bound traffic on Monroe Street was shut down for approximately one and a half hours until Fire Apparatus could be moved off the street.

Cause:
The cause is under investigation by the Special Investigation Unit of the Spokane Fire Department

Damage:
Fire Damage to the first floor room of origin. A second floor exterior Wall was damaged checking for possible extension of the fire. Light smoke damage is also present to the first floor occupancy.

# Firefighters Responding: 23

Dollar Loss: $10,000.00

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C' Shift's Third Working Fire

Incident #: 2011047952
Date of Incident: 11/25/2011
Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer

Narrative:
On Friday November 25, 2011 at 4:43 AM, 6 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 1 Senior Ladder, 1 Heavy Rescue and 4 Engines under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Donahoe and Haworth, responded to a Structure Fire at 1001 North Elm in West Central Spokane. Spokane Firefighters arrived within 6-minutes to find heavy smoke showing from a second floor of a two-story wood-framed house converted to apartment building. A total of eight occupants were fortunately able to evacuate under the heavy smoke conditions as the first arriving companies were making entry into the building. Due to the structure's construction type and fire behavior, the incident was upgraded to a "working fire" adding an additional Senior Ladder, Engine and AMR ambulance at 4:52AM. Finding fire in the second floor attic, walls and roof, firefighters commenced quick fire attack operations on the second floor in coordination with vertical ventilation on the roof. The well coordinated effort of firefighters stopped the fire's advance and confined it to the attic and roof areas. The fire was extinguished in 90 minutes and overhaul is expected to continue throughout the morning hours today. There were no injuries reported from either residents or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause and circumstances are under investigation by the SFD and SPD.

Damage:
Though loss from the fire was limited to a total of one apartment unit on the second floor, the need to secure the structure's utilities rendered areas of the building untenable. A total of eight residents living in the affected residential apartment units were referred to the Inland NW Region of the Red Cross for interim placement assistance.

# Firefighters Responding: 27

Dollar Loss: $30000

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Fire Press Release Two Fer.

Civilian Rescues in a North Battalion Residence Fire

Incident #: 2011047330 Date of Incident: 11/20/2011 Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer

Narrative:
On Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 9:27AM, 6 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 1 Senior Ladder, 4 Engines, 1 Heavy Rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Fielder and Brown, responded to a Structure Fire at 1300 East Carlisle Avenue. While enroute to the incident, companies from Station 2 reported heavy smoke showing as they departed the Station and upgraded the incident to a working fire. Spokane Firefighters arrived within 5-minutes to find a two-story, wood frame residence with heavy smoke and fire showing from both the first and second floors of the house. The first due Engine and Ladder went to work immediately after arriving and secured water supply and stretched hose leads in attempt to contain the fire's progress and protect living areas in the house. Other companies were directed by the Battalion Chief to attend to multiple injured civilians (four in total) suffering from a range of injuries from the fire. Simultaneously the Ladder Company searched under heavy smoke/fire conditions for any other savable civilians and ventilated the fire from the roof. The fire was extinguished within 30-minutes and companies are still on-scene at the time of this release. Traffic in the neighborhood is expected to be impacted through the afternoon as companies overhaul

Cause:
The cause is under investigation by the Fire Department's SIU.

Damage:
In the early stages of the fire, prior to the Fire Department's arrival, a 25 year old mother and 1 year old child were trapped on the second floor and had self-rescued through a window on the address side of the house. Due to the heavy fire conditions advancing to the second floor, the mother was forced to drop her child from the window to awaiting neighbor in the front yard. After successfully catching the child, the mother also jumped from the second floor and was assisted by neighbors. The third occupant, a grandmother, was trapped on the first floor unable to escape due to the violent atmosphere inside the house. A neighbor successfully broke a first-floor window and pulled out the grandmother as the Fire Department arrived. Damage was limited primarily the interior of the first and second floors; however the overall structural integrity appears to be compromised and will need to be evaluated. The displaced family is receiving assistance from the Inland NW Chapter of the American Red Cross.

# Firefighters Responding: 24

Dollar Loss: $75000

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Multi- family Residence damaged by fire.

Incident #: 2011047242#
Date of Incident: 11/19/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Donahoe

Narrative:
At 16:25 on Saturday November 18th the Spokane Fire Department dispatched four engines, one pumper ladder, one senior ladder and one heavy rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Green and Donahoe to a reported structure fire at 2013 West College. The first arriving engine company reported flames and heavy black smoke showing from windows on the first floor. Companies were assigned to search the two story structure for victims and to locate and extinguish the fire. It was determined the house was divided into separate living areas on each level for a total of six units. All the occupants were confirmed to have either exited the structure or to have not been present at the time of the fire. Unfortunately two cats succumbed to smoke inhalation. The fire was located in the bathroom area of an apartment on the first floor toward the rear of the structure. The fire was knocked down quickly but not before the apartment involved sustained heavy fire and smoke damage. The other units of the structure sustained light smoke damage. The power to the six apartment units was disconnected until a licensed electrician could repair the fire damaged wiring. Eleven adults and six children were displaced from the house and are staying in housing provided by the Red Cross. There were no injuries reported to occupants or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Special Investigation Unit of the Spokane Fire Department.

Damage:
There was fire and heavy smoke damage to the rear first floor apartment along with smoke damage to the rest of the structure. There also was damage to some of the apartment doors as crews forced their way in to locate potential victims.

# Firefighters Responding: 23

Dollar Loss: $50,000.00

End Of Release
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Fire Press Release

North Battalion Residence Fire

Incident #: 2011047015
Date of Incident: 11/18/2011
Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer

Narrative:
On Friday, November 18, 2011at 09:07AM six Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 5 Engines, one Senior Ladder, one Heavy Rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Haworth and Sabo responded to a structure fire at 1722 West Bridge. Firefighters arrived within 5-minutes to discover charged smoke showing from the roof of a single family, single story residence. The residents smelled a smoke odor inside the home initially, and after exiting the home looking for the source they saw the charged smoke from the roof and called 911. After arriving, Firefighters from Engines entered the home using pre-connected hose leads to search and extinguish the seat of the fire. Additionally, a Ladder company provided a thorough search of the home for the resident's cats as well as laddering the roof for vertical ventilation. The fire was in the home's attic and had been burning for some time which proved to be difficult to access and extinguish for firefighters. Ultimately, the stubborn fire was extinguished and completely overhauled within an hour and confined primarily to attic area. There were no injuries reported to either civilians or firefighters.

Cause:
The nature of this fire is classified as accidental and caused by overheated/malfunctioning wiring.

Damage:
Damage to the attic area and structural members of the roof is significant.

# Firefighters Responding: 20

Dollar Loss: $15000

End Of Release
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Three Fire Press Releases

South Battalion Single Family Residence Fire

Incident #: 2011046654
Date of Incident: 11/16/2011
Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer

Narrative:
On Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 04:25 AM, 6 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 2 Senior Ladders, 3 Engines and 1 Heavy Rescue under the direction of BC Moline and BC Green responded to a residential structure fire at 454 West 28th Avenue on Spokane's South Hill. Spokane Firefighters arrived within 5 minutes to find smoke showing from the rear of the single story house. The first arriving Chief confirmed that the residents were accounted for and subsequently upgraded the incident to include an additional engine for assistance during the extreme low temperatures. Engine companies immediately went to work to locate, confine and extinguish the fire; while truck companies laddered the roof and ventilated to provide a safer atmosphere for the personnel on the interior. The coordinated fire attack successfully extinguished the fire within 1-hour; however due to the fire's deep seated damage in the attic it required personnel to work for nearly three additional hours on overhaul. Despite the extreme temperatures and ice covered equipment, there were no injuries reported from either residents or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause of this early morning blaze remains under active investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
The home received moderate damage in the roof and attic areas. Residents are not able to immediately occupy due to the damage and structural concerns on from the roof.

# Firefighters Responding: 26

Dollar Loss: $30000

End Of Release
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South Battalion Civilian Fatality Structure Fire

Incident #: 2011046656
Date of Incident: 11/16/2011
Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer

Narrative:
On Wednesday, November 16 at 04:44 AM , five companies of Spokane Firefighters, four engines and one senior ladder under the direction of Battalion Chief Green responded to a double Civilian Fatality Structure Fire at 2002 South Inland Empire Way (Iron Wheel Mobile Home Park) in Spokane's Southeast Side. Firefighters arrived quickly to discover smoke showing from the front of the manufactured home. Firefighters forced entry into the residence, entered the structure and quickly started an offensive attack on the fire while simultaneously providing ventilation of heat and smoke to assist with the search for reported persons missing within the confines of the trailer. The heat and smoke had spread thoroughly throughout the entire structure, however the companies were able to extinguish the main body of fire in just 10 minutes. During the initial phase of fire extinguishment, Firefighters searching the residence discovered two victims. One victim was removed and resuscitative measures started, however they proved unsuccessful. The second victim was not viable. Both victims were declared deceased on-scene and removed by the Medical Examiner. During fireground operations, additional Fire and EMS resources were ordered due to the need for supplementary resources to assist in the treatment of victims and management of the incident. Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of this early morning blaze remains under active investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit. The presence of smoke alarms and possible functional status and warning role has not yet been determined.

Cause:
The cause of this early morning blaze remains under active investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit in collaboration with Spokane Police Department's Major Crimes Division. The presence of smoke alarms was confirmed, however possible functional status and warning role has not yet been determined.

Damage:
Two occupants were killed in the fire; a 72 year old male and 65 year old female. The interior of the home suffered intense heat and smoke damage. Structural stability has yet to be determined. Reoccupation of the home is not likely.

# Firefighters Responding: 17

Dollar Loss: $40000

End Of Release
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South Battalion Apartment Fire

Incident #: 2011046661
Date of Incident: 11/16/2011
Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer

Narrative:
On Wednesday, November 15, 2011 at 06:21 AM, 7 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 2 Senior Ladders, 4 Engines and 1 Heavy Rescue under the direction of AC Schaeffer and BC Green responded to a Structure Fire reported near the intersection of 8th and South Jefferson on Spokane's South Hill. Spokane Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy smoke and fire showing from the roof of a two-story home converted into a 3-unit apartment. The first arriving Chief upgraded the incident to include the addition of two Engines, AMR Ambulance and AMR Supervisor. Finding fire in two units and the attic space, firefighters commenced swift salvage operations to protect personal property by deploying tarps within the structure and making judicious use of firefighting hose streams on the upper floor and ceilings. Ladder 4 immediately laddered the roof and vertically ventilated the structure above the fire allowing companies inside to stretch hose leads and extinguish the deep seated fire. The well coordinated effort of firefighters confined flames to the attic and northwest corner of the second floor extinguishing the blaze in just 1 hour. There were no injuries reported from either residents or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause of this early morning blaze remains under active investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit .

Damage:
Though loss from the fire was limited to two apartment units and some exterior area, the need to secure the building's utilities rendered areas of the home untenable. A total of three families living in the affected residential apartments were referred to the American Red Cross for interim placement assistance.

# Firefighters Responding: 19

Dollar Loss: $70000

End Of Release
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pro-Labor Occupy Spokane!

From: Beth Thew [mailto:bthew@spokanelabor.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2011 13:43
To: Beth Thew
Subject: Occupy Spokane on Veterans' Day

Think you can’t be involved because you work during the day? Here’s an opportunity to be part of the movement if you have Veterans’ Day off.

Join the Occupy Spokane group on Friday at 11. Easy to remember—11 am on 11/11/11

Occupy The Streets. Occupy The World 11/11/11 11:11:11
Spread The Message. INVITE ALL FRIENDS ! ! !

SPOKANE RIVERFRONT PARK FOUNTAIN AT 11 AM

JOIN THE
am REVOLUTION.
OCCUPY THE STREETS, THE CITIES,
THE COUNTRIES, OCCUPY THE WORLD.
PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, WAKE UP ! ! ! TAKE THE STREETS ! ! !

In solidarity with distant relatives around the World, make this a date in your diary... Friday 11th November 2011, as Our day... We need to be one, and we need to be there for all, in order to achieve this!

Occupy The Streets. Occupy The World 11/11/11 11:11:11
Occupons les rues. Occupons le monde!

Spread The Message... INVITE ALL FRIENDS! ! !

This is how We do it... JOIN THE REVOLUTION... Reclaim Yourself, the Streets and the World!

Occupy The Streets. Occupy The World 11/11/11 11:11:11

http://youtu.be/bv8mIMGzYK0

PLEASE BE FOLLOWING THE LOCAL OCCUPY ON THE PAGES AND THE WEBSITE:

http://occupyspokane.us/simplemachinesforum/index.php

http://www.facebook.com/groups/239742242745240/258830850836379/?notif_t=group_activity

http://www.facebook.com/groups/239742242745240/258830850836379/?notif_t=group_activity#!/groups/182044041873148/

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Hey Spokane area veterans!

Was asked to post this for all vets in the Spokane area:
Free round of trap or skeet for vets at the Spokane Gun Club - 3 Dec, 0900-1400. RSVP by 1 Dec. Must have proof of service. Contact Deb Hartman 599-2064.
That is all.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fire Press Release

Structure Fire at 1711 N. Adams

Incident #: 2011043827
Date of Incident: 10/27/2011
Issuing Officer: Joel Fielder/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
On October 27, 2011 the Spokane Fire Department responded at approximately 3:32 PM to 1711 North Adams on a reported structure fire. Fire crews responding to this incident reported a column of smoke showing from several blocks away. The first crew arriving on scene reported a large volume of fire showing on the main floor of a one and a half story, wood framed single family residence. Fire fighters aggressively performed an interior attack on the fire while additional fire crews completed search and rescue, roof ventilation and salvage and overhaul. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes. Eight fire companies with 25 firefighters and 2 Battalion Chiefs responded to this fire and were on scene for approximately 2.5 hours. The structure was occupied at the time of the fire and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. Fire crews will remain on scene throughout the night.

Cause:
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
Fire damage was confined to the 1st and 2nd floor with heat and smoke damage through out the rest of the structure

# Firefighters Responding: 25

Dollar Loss: $80,000

End Of Release
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fire Press Release

Incident #: 2011043480
Date of Incident: 10/25/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe

Narrative:
On Tuesday October 25th 2011 at 05:59 eight Companies of Spokane Firefighters, five engines, two senior ladders, one heavy rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Donahoe and Cornelius responded to a reported fire at the Liberty Motel. The first arriving company reported heavy flame involvement to the front half of a single story, wood framed motel. It appeared the fire had extended into the common attic of the five unit motel. Crews were assigned to attack the fire in the affected room and to search for extension of the fire in the adjacent motel rooms. Other crews were assigned to search all the units along with ventilating the roof of the structure. The three residents staying in the motel made it out safely. The Motel Manager received first and second degree burns to his arms and hands after attempting to put out the fire with an extinguisher. The patient was then transported to Holy Family Hospital. No injuries to Firefighters were reported. Crews remained on scene for approximately six hours overhauling the fire. All five units of the affected building will be uninhabitable until major repairs are made. However, the rest of the Motel complex is open for business.

Cause:
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special investigation Unit.

Damage:
There was extensive fire damage to the room of origin and the roof. The four surrounding motel units sustained damage to the ceilings while searching for extension of the fire in the attic area.

# Firefighters Responding: 28

Dollar Loss: $70,000

End Of Release
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fire Press Release

Narrative:
At 7:00 P.M. on Saturday October 22nd, 2011 the Spokane Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 1717 S. Upper Terrace in the Rockwood Neighborhood. Engine 9 from their neighborhood station location at 18th and Bernard was the first crew to arrive. Upon entry to the home, they noticed a smoke haze on the second level of the home and after inspecting the attic area, they found a fire that was burning above the bathroom, office and bedroom areas. A rapid stretch of hose was accomplished along with accessing the roof for vertical ventilation and an aggressive offensive attack was deployed. Both occupants had safely made their way out of the home on their own. The lath ceiling needed to be removed in order to thoroughly expose all of the flames for extinguishment. Once this was done, fire crews could witness burning structural supports along with insulation also being consumed in the fire. A knockdown of the fire was completed after 10 minutes. Shortly after this, much time was spent in the overhaul process which consisted of debris removal and making sure the fire was dead out. The cause of this fire is unknown at this time, however appears to be electrical in nature. The fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.

Cause:
Under investigation at this time by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
The attic sustained significant damage from the fire including structural supports, wiring and insulation. There was also moderate smoke damage throughout the home.

# Firefighters Responding: 19

Dollar Loss: $20,000

End Of Release
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Fire Press Release

Incident #: 2011042878
Date of Incident: 10/21/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Dan Brown

Narrative:
On October 20th at 11:40 pm the City of Spokane Fire Department responded to 3017 East Broad for a reported structure fire. Engine 15 responded from the station at Wellesley and Crestline in less than two minutes and reported smoke showing from the front door, an attack lead from Engine 15 was advanced inside and the fire was quickly extinguished. Other incoming fire companies searched the residence and provided ventilation and overhaul. The fire was confined to a small area in a wall behind a pellet stove and light smoke on the main floor. The fire was extinguished in ten minutes All family members were outside when the Fire Department arrived and no injuries were reported. The cause of this fire was the pellet stove not operating properly.

Cause:
Pellet Stove not working properly

Damage:
Small area of wall behind the stove. Light smoke main floor

# Firefighters Responding: 18

Dollar Loss: $1500.00

End Of Release
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Local 29 endorsements

Local 29 Endorsements



Spokane

Mayor: Mary Verner

Council President: Ben Stuckart

City Council NW: Joy Jones
NE: Donna McKereghan
South: Richard Rush


State

Senate Dist 4: Jeff Baxter

Initiatives (WSCFF endorsements)
1125 – Transportation expenditures – NO
1163 – Long-term care workers – YES
1183 – Liquor sales - NO

POLITICAL CRUNCH TIME!

There are still a lot of signs at the union office to put up.

From Team Verner - We also have about 9 doorbelling packets left. The majority are in the Indian Trail/5 mile area along with maybe 2 on Hatch and 57th. Please let me know if and when you are able to doorbell and we will find a way to get these packets to you!
Lastly, here is a link to all of our upcoming forums http://www.maryverner.com/events/ We would love to see you there. I will stay in touch about any more additions to the schedule.
Thanks again,
Diane Rice
Team Verner


Sign waving opportunities:


Monday-Friday, 7-8:30 AM and 4:30-5:30 PM

7:30-8:30am, Cedar and freeway

4:30-5:30pm, Southeast Blvd. and 29th

7:30-8:30am, Washington & 5th

4:30-5:30pm, 14th and Monroe

7:30-8:30am, 29th and Ray

7:30-8:30am, Washington & 5th

4:30-5:30pm, 29th & Ray
7:30am: Corner of Washington and 6th

4:30pm: Corner of Indian Trail and Francis

7:30am: Corner of 29th and Grand

7:30am: Corner of Washington and 6th

7:30am: Corner of 29th and Grand

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fire Press Release

North Battalion House Fire

Incident #: 2011042546#
Date of Incident: 10/18/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe

Narrative:
On Tuesday October 18th 2011 at 18:40, four engine companies, one senior ladder, one heavy rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Green and Donahoe responded to a Structure Fire at 3004 North Hogan. Firefighters arrived to find smoke emitting from the roof eves of a story and a half residence. A quick search was made of the residence and it was determined everyone safely exited the structure. Engine companies made a quick attack of the fire on the first and second floor while the Ladder Company provided ventilation of the roof and searched for extension of the fire. Companies remained on scene for 2 hours overhauling the fire. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

Cause:
The cause of this fire appears to be a failure of the wood stove vent pipe.

Damage:
There was extensive fire and smoke damage to the 2nd floor and roof along with moderate fire and water damage to the first floor.

# Firefighters Responding: 20

Dollar Loss: $30,000.00

End Of Release
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

FIRE PRESS RELEASE

Structure Fire

Incident #: 2011042114
Date of Incident: 10/15/2011
Issuing Officer: Joel Fielder/ Battalion Chief

Narrative:
On October 15, 2011 the Spokane Fire Department responded at approximately 7:28 PM to 717 East Rich on a reported structure fire. The first crew on-scene reported smoke showing at the at the roof lines at the front and back of the one and a half story, wood- framed, single family residence. Fire fighters aggressively performed an interior attack on the fire while additional fire crews completed search and rescue, roof ventilation, salvage and overhaul. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes. Seven fire companies with 22 firefighters and 2 Battalion Chiefs responded to this fire and were on scene for approximately 2.5 hours. The structure was vacant and secured at the time of the fire and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
Fire damage was confined to the 1st and 2nd floor with heat and smoke damage through out the rest of the structure.

# Firefighters Responding: 24

Dollar Loss: $20000

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Come on Out and Support our LOCAL 29 Candidates!

Received two invitations for this Saturday to doorbell for the candidates we are supporting.

INVITATION ONE

ONLY 1 WEEK until ballots arrive and we need YOU!

This Saturday, October 15th, please join Joy Jones, Ben Stuckart and volunteers as we canvass northwest Spokane! The Washington Bus is coming over from Western Washington with 30 young people who are excited about working to elect progressive candidates in Spokane! Joy and Ben want to recruit 30 Spokane volunteers for the day, and we are almost there! Please join us:

Andy Billig
Mike Peterson
Mary Wissink
Tom McGarry
Joel Williamson
Liza Mattana
Alayna Becker
Paul Dillon
Jace Bylenga
Suzanne Schreiner
Jessica Anundson
Jen Hussey
Linda McHenry
Jace Bylenga
David Campbell
Taylor Malone
Aaron Kathman
Walter Kloefkorn
Amber Waldref
Katherine Johnston
Richard Rush
Jon Snyder
Michael Poulin
Ann Stuckart
Sunshine Bunch

We are meeting at 12 pm at Toad Hall, 1427 W Dean. You can sign up to join us on facebook or email campaign@joyjones.org to RSVP! We will be providing tasty sandwiches for lunch!

INVITATION TWO

Union Doorbelling Day!
October 15, 2011

Ben Stuckart, Candidate for Spokane City Council President, invites you to join in a day of solidarity doorbelling for our future

Meet at the Spokane Education Association Offices - 230 East Montgomery Ave, Spokane, WA 99207

The rally begins at 9am, followed by two hours of voter contact. Coffee-juice-donuts provided.

You will be partnered up with another volunteer and provided with all materials and resources necessary for a successful doorbelling event.


Ben Stuckart is endorsed by:

Spokane Regional Labor Council, SEIU 775 NW, Spokane Education Association, SEIU 1199,
AFSCME Local 270 , UFCW Local 1439, Spokane Firefighters Local 29, Building Trades Council,
IBEW Local 77, Amalgamated Transit Union 1015, Plasters and Cement Masons Local 72, Iron Workers Local 14

Sunday, October 09, 2011

ELECTION COMING!!!

Fire Press Release

Apartment fire on Spokane's lower south hill

Incident #: 20110040739
Date of Incident: 10/6/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Steve Sabo

Narrative:
At 5:18 AM, October 6, 2011, the Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 1314 W. 5th Avenue on Spokane's lower south hill. Engine and Ladder 4 arrived first on-scene from their Browne's Addition station within four minutes and reported heavy smoke and fire from the basement and first floor of a large two and one-half story wood frame apartment house. As additional fire crews and command staff arrived, they were assigned to the multitude of tasks that needed to be completed at a fire in this type of construction and occupancy. While crews were stretching hose leads to multiple floors in an attempt to cut off the fire's advance, other crews were searching the entire structure for victims. Fortunately, all occupants had safely exited the smoke-filled building. The fire, which started in the basement, travelled up through an interior wall and was burning into the first and second floors, where crews were able to extinguish the fire before it got into the attic. Fire crews will remain on-scene throughout the morning completing overhaul of the burned area and conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire. Although damage to the structure and contents was moderate in extent, the integrity of the utilities within the structure was compromised. As a result, none of the occupants will be able to inhabit their apartments until repairs and inspections can be made. The Red Cross is assisting as many as eighteen displaced occupants, including at least one family with children. In all, two ladder trucks, five engines, one heavy rescue and two battalion chiefs responded to this fire. There were no reported injuries to occupants or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause of this fire is currently under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
Damage to the structure was confined to a basement wall and a first floor wall and floor area, with smoke damage on all but the third floor.

# Firefighters Responding: 29

Dollar Loss: $10,000

End Of Release
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Don't Forget Lori Lacey Trike Races on Saturday!!!

Fire Press Release

Multi-family residence damaged by fire

Incident #: 2011040083
Date of Incident: 10/1/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Steve Sabo

Narrative:
At 10:47 PM on Saturday October 1st the Spokane Fire Department dispatched four engines, two ladder trucks, a heavy rescue truck and two Battalion Chiefs to a reported structure fire at 1203 E. Mission. Ladder 2 arrived on scene within five minutes and reported light smoke from the two-story wood framed house. As the front door was forced open, moderate smoke and heat vented as crews entered to search the structure for victims and to locate and extinguish the fire. It was determined the house was divided into separate living areas on each level including the basement, for a total of three residences. All occupants of the structure were confirmed to have either exited the structure or to not be present at the time of the fire. The fire was located and confined to a corner of the living room in the main floor residence. It was quickly knocked down, but not before the main floor unit sustained heavy smoke damage. The main floor and second floor units were rendered uninhabitable due to smoke and fire damage. Additionally, electrical service to the entire structure was disconnected due to fire damaged wiring. A total of six adults and four children were displaced from the house and are staying with friends or relatives. There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Special Investigation Unit of the Spokane Fire Department.

Damage:
Damage was confined to a living room wall and ceiling, with smoke damage throughout the main floor unit. The upstairs unit received minor wall and ceiling damage as crews checked for fire extension.

# Firefighters Responding: 25

Dollar Loss: $12,000

End Of Release
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Fire Press Release Two Fer.

West Central Fire Burns Garage

Incident #: 2011039010
Date of Incident: 9/25/2011
Issuing Officer: Bruce Moline/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
The Spokane Fire Department responded fire companies to a garage fire early this morning in the West Central neighborhood. Engine and Ladder 4 from their Browne's Addition station location of Riverside and Maple were the first units to arrive. They found a garage that was well involved in flames behind a residence. A quick knockdown of the fire was achieved after 10 minutes and nearby dwellings were protected from the advancing fire. The fire appears to have started near a dumpster located next to the garage. No injuries were reported. An investigator from the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit responded to the scene and fire crews will remain with him on the scene throughout the early morning hours assisting with overhaul, final extinguishment and finding a cause. The time of the alarm was 3:52 A.M. and the address was 1316 W. Mallon. Other fire crews involved in the successful extinguishment of this fire were from station 1 at Riverside and Browne, station 3 at Indiana and Ash, and station 2 at North Foothills and Nevada.

Cause:
Under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
The detached wood frame garage was heavily damaged by fire. Contents found inside also received heavy fire and smoke damage.

# Firefighters Responding: 26

Dollar Loss: $10,000


North Battalion Multiple Alarm Fire

Incident #: 2011039120
Date of Incident: 9/25/2011
Issuing Officer: Dave Haworth/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
On Sunday, Sept 25, at 8:42 PM, the Spokane Fire Department responded 4 Engines, 1 Ladder, 1 Heavy Rescue, and 2 Battalion Chiefs to a reported structure fire at the intersection of Garland and Post in the Garland District. The calling party had reported that the Milk Bottle restaurant was on fire and that it was spreading to other structures. The first companies arrived quickly and confirmed that there was a fire in the attic of the Milk Bottle and it was rapidly spreading to the business next door to the west. A second alarm was called at 8:56 and a third alarm was called at 9:18 bringing 7 additional companies and command staff to the scene. The fire was declared under control at 10:41. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause is under investigation by the Dept's SIU

Damage:
Both buildings were heavily damaged

# Firefighters Responding: 50

End Of Release
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fire Press Release Two Fer.

Home Fire on E. Glass

Incident #: 2011037261 Date of Incident: 9/14/2011 Issuing Officer: C Cornelius / Batt Chief

Narrative:
On Wednesday September 14, at 09:46 AM, the Spokane Fire Department dispatched 4 Engines, 1 Dedicated Ladder, 1 Heavy Rescue and 2 Chief Officers to a reported house fire at 1009 E. Glass. (A neighbor had called 911 to report smoke coming from the home across the street.) L2 under the direction of Captain Ken Miller was the first apparatus on scene, arriving within 3 minutes of being dispatched. Captain Miller reported that he had smoke showing from the rear of the home and around the home's foundation. Neighbors informed him that two people in their seventies lived in the home and were unaccounted for. Captain Miller's priorities were to search the home for the occupants and locate the seat of the fire. When L2's crew made entry into the rear of the home they reported heavy smoke from ceiling to the floor, and stated that the fire appeared to be in the basement. As additional fire crews arrived they extended back up hose lines to protect searching crews while an attack was made on the fire in the basement. Medics and an Ambulance were placed on "stand by". Firefighters knocked the fire down within 10 minutes of arrival. The owner of the home arrived after the Fire Department and informed Fire Command that he was unsure where his wife was. Search crews found a family dog that had succumbed to smoke inhalation, but had not been able to locate the missing wife during their initial "primary search". Structural ventilation was performed, and a "secondary search" was completed on both floors. Search crews located another family pet, this time a cat. Family members informed Fire Command that they had located the missing wife, who had been out running errands and not home during the fire. The couple both in their 70s, were found safe and unhurt. Both however, are shaken do to the loss of their pets and damage to the home. The home's basement sustained the majority of the fire damage. However, the entire home was impacted by the heavy smoke. The cause of this fire is still under investigation. No fire injuries were reported.

Cause:
Under Investigation

Damage:
Basement: Fire and Smoke 1st floor: Smoke

# Firefighters Responding: 22

Dollar Loss: $30

End Of Release For more information on this release please call (509) 625-7002
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
SFD Media Release - For more information on this release please call (509)625-7002
Media Release

House Fire In East Central Neighborhood

Incident #: 2011037053 Date of Incident: 9/12/2011 Issuing Officer: Bruce Moline/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
On Monday September 12th, 2011 at 8:46 P.M. the Spokane Fire Department responded to a house fire located at 3617 E. 1st. Fire crews found a well involved single family dwelling with fire showing from the north end of the home and rapidly extending vertically through the roof. A home immediately to the west was also under threat from the fire. Engine 14 from their neighborhood station located at 18th and Ray was first to arrive and made the quick decision to protect the home exposed on the west side of the fire, and at the same time, attacked the fire directly through a doorway preventing any further extension towards the interior of the home. Ladders 1 and 2 also made entry into the home through a locked door and rapidly searched the interior for anyone still inside. At this same time, the ladder crews were on the roof opening up to ventilate out the buildup of heat inside. There were no occupants found inside the dwelling and the exposure home on the west side was spared. A knockdown of the fire was achieved after 18 minutes. Fire crews remained on the scene throughout the night completing final extinguishment and monitoring the condition of the building for flare-ups. The fire cause is unknown at this time but is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit and is expected to continue today. A total of 5 engine companies, 2 ladder companies, a rescue company and 2 battalion chiefs responded on this alarm. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.

Cause:
Under Investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
Heavy fire damage to north half of the structure including the roof. Heavy smoke damage to main and second floors.

# Firefighters Responding: 25

Dollar Loss: $90,000

End Of Release For more information on this release please call (509) 625-7002
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Fire Press Release

Family of three escapes house fire

Incident #: 2011036899
Date of Incident: 9/12/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Steve Sabo

Narrative:
At 12:39 AM, Monday, September 12th, the Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported attached garage fire at 8117 N. Meghan Street, in the Five Mile neighborhood. Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe arrived first on scene and upgraded the incident to a working fire, reporting heavy smoke and fire involving three cars in the driveway and heavy fire in the garage, with fire extending into the two-story wood framed house. The three occupants who were asleep in the house at the time of the fire escaped uninjured prior to the fire department's arrival. As fire crews arrived, Chief Donahoe assigned them to the multitude of tasks needed to bring the fire under control, including: roof ventilation, multiple fire attack lines, and extensive overhaul. Fire had extended from the garage and up interior walls to the second floor bedrooms and the attic, creating a difficult and labor-intensive operation for the fire crews. As a result of the extraordinary efforts of the fire crews the house was saved, but there was still extensive damage to the structure and its contents. Most of the roof was lost and the entire house and contents suffered extensive smoke and water damage. In addition, a total of five vehicles were destroyed. The family of four is being assisted by the Red Cross. In all, two ladder trucks, five engines, a heavy rescue and two Battalion Chiefs, for a total of 29 firefighters, worked at this fire. Crews will remain on scene throughout the night and into the morning, working on stubborn hot spots and assuring complete extinguishment. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Cause:
This incident is currently under investigation by members of the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit, who will comb through the debris and conduct interviews to determine the cause.

Damage:
Damage to the structure and contents, including the five vehicles, is estimated at $300,000.

# Firefighters Responding: 29

Dollar Loss: $300,000

End Of Release
For more information on this release please call (509) 625-7002

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fire Press Release

North Battalion Structure Fire

Incident #: 2011036717
Date of Incident: 9/11/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe

Narrative:
On Saturday Sept 10th 2011 at 21:12, seven Companies of Spokane Firefighters, five engines, one senior ladder, one heavy rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Donahoe and Sabo responded to a Structure Fire at 1816 E. Empire. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing on the back side of a one story single family dwelling. Occupants in the front yard confirmed that everyone was accounted for and outside of the home. Trees and a home were identified as exposures due to the close proximity to the quick moving fire and were protected. Additionally, engine companies made an aggressive attack on the fire inside the structure which included the basement, the first floor and the attic. The Ladder Company provided ventilation of the roof and searched for extension of the fire. Companies remained on scene for several hours overhauling the fire. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

Cause:
The cause of this fire remains under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
There was extensive fire damage to the back half of the home on the first floor and roof. There was moderate fire damage to the basement and smoke damage throughout the home.

# Firefighters Responding: 23

Dollar Loss: $100,000.00

End Of Release

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Yoga it up for the kids!


On September 17th, 11-1, at Manito Park will be a Yoga Event to raise money for kids fighting cancer. If you would like to help or would like to participate go here. Or you can contact Katie.

Fire Press Release

South Battalion Structure Fire

Incident #: 2011035451 Date of Incident: 9/2/2011 Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Dan Brown

Narrative:
On September 2nd at 16:14 hrs the City of Spokane Fire Department responded to 4008 South Lee on a report of smoke coming from the structure, E11 arrived on scene in 3 minutes from station 11 on South Perry, and reported smoke showing from the front of the home. E11 established command and assigned the next arriving company to lay a water supply. E11 advanced an attack lead to the front door and made entry the fire was just inside the door and was quickly extinguished. In coming crews were assigned to search the home and provide ventilation to remove the smoke. The fire did not extend beyond a large fish tank and the support base holding the tank. The fish tank did brake due to heat. The fire did cause extensive smoke damage throughout the home and some water damage from the broken tank. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Eighteen firefighters responded on 6 fire apparatus along with 2 command officers.

Cause:
Under investigation

Damage:
Smoke throughout home. Water damage from broken water tank

# Firefighters Responding: 18

Dollar Loss: $10,000.00

End Of Release For more information on this release please call (509) 625-7002

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Fire Press Release Two Fer.

Shadle Park Area House Fire Destroys A Bedroom

Incident #: 2011035109 Date of Incident: 8/31/2011 Issuing Officer: Bruce Moline/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
On Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 at 12:26 P.M. the Spokane Fire Department responded fire crews to a reported house fire at 4504 N. Ash. Engine 13, from their neighborhood station at Wellesley and Jefferson was the first truck to arrive and found a well involved dwelling with smoke throughout the structure. An aggressive "offensive" attack was used along with vertical ventilation on the roof. Crews assigned to the interior also conducted very rapid primary and secondary searches to make sure no one was left inside. It was quickly confirmed that all made it outside the house safely. A knockdown of the fire was achieved after 10 minutes from the arrival of the first truck. The Red Cross was called to provide support for a family of 3. The fire completely destroyed one of the bedrooms and significant heat and smoke damage was present throughout the rest of the main floor. At this time the cause of the fire is under investigation by the SFD S.I.U.

Cause:
Under investigation by the SFD Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
One bedroom destroyed by the fire. Heavy smoke and heat damage throughout main floor. Damage to roof.

# Firefighters Responding: 25

Dollar Loss: $30,000

End Of Release For more information on this release please call (509) 625-7002

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

South Hill Garage Fire
Incident #:
2011034892 Date of Incident: 8/30/2011 Issuing Officer: C Cornelius / Batt. Chief

Narrative:
On Monday, August 29 at 09:10 PM, the Spokane Fire Department dispatched 4 Engines, 2 Ladders, 1 Heavy Rescue and 2 Battalion Chiefs to a reported structure fire at 1210 E. 15th. Engine 14 under the direction of Lt. Stockdill arrived within 5 minutes of being dispatched. He reported a two car garage with heavy fire showing from the front of the structure. There was one vehicle inside the garage. 14's crew advanced a pre-connected hose line off their apparatus and attacked the fire. Additional lines were deployed by other crews to protect the adjacent home and extinguish the fire. The fire was knocked down within 5 minutes. Fire crews were on the scene for a couple of hours making sure the fire was out. There were no injuries at this fire. The garage and vehicle sustained heavy damage from the fire. The fire cause is still under investigation at this time, but early indicators are moving the investigation towards a cause that is probably electrical in nature.

Cause:
Still under investigation

Damage:
Garage and vehicle.

# Firefighters Responding: 24

Dollar Loss: $45,000

End Of Release For more information on this release please call (509) 625-7002

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fire Press Release

North Battalion Arson Fire

Incident #: 2011034614
Date of Incident: 8/28/2011
Issuing Officer: Dave Haworth/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
On Sunday, August 28, at 03:49 AM, the Spokane Fire Department responded 4 Engines, 1 Ladder, 1 Heavy Rescue, and 2 Battalion Chiefs to a reported garage fire at 2928 E Diamond . SE15, which is located in the Hillyard Neighborhood, arrived within 4 minutes and reported a double car garage which was fully involved with fire. SE15 advanced a preconnected hose line off their apparatus and attacked the fire, which was threatening a nearby garage. As additional companies arrived they advanced two additional hose lines to assist with fire attack and structure protection and connected a water supply hose to a nearby hydrant. The quick attack diminished the fire immediately and it took crews another 2 hours to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. A passerby was treated on-scene by fire department medics for smoke inhalation and was transported to the hospital.

Cause:
The Spokane Fire Department SIU has determined this was fire was deliberately set and is continuing to investigate.

Damage:
The involved double car garage is a total loss with exterior heat damage to a nearby garage.

# Firefighters Responding: 20

Dollar Loss: $15000

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fire Press Release

North Battalion Garage Fire

Incident #: 2011034437
Date of Incident: 8/27/2011
Issuing Officer: Dave Haworth/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
On Saturday, August 27, at 12:44 AM, the Spokane Fire Department responded 4 Engines, 1 Ladder, 1 Heavy Rescue, and 2 Battalion Chiefs to a reported garage fire at 5612 N Madison. SE13, which is located in the North Hill Neighborhood, arrived within 4 minutes and reported a single car garage which was fully involved with fire. SE13 advanced a preconnected hose line off their apparatus and attacked the fire, which was threatening 2 nearby structures. As additional companies arrived on-scene they advanced a second hose to assist with fire attack and structure protection and connected a water supply hose to a nearby hydrant. The quick attack diminished the fire immediately and it took crews another 2 hours to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. One occupant of this address was evaluated for smoke inhalation but was not transported. There were no other injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department SIU.

Damage:
The garage is a total loss and there is heat damage to the vinyl siding on the rear of the house located at 5612 N Madison.

# Firefighters Responding: 20

Dollar Loss: $20000

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Trike Benefit for Lori Lacey



Fire Press Release Two Fer.

South Battalion Detached Garage Fire

Incident #: 2011034118
Date of Incident: 8/25/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe

Narrative:
On Thursday August 25th, 2011, at 03:20 AM, 4 engine companies, 1 dedicated ladder and 1 heavy rescue under the direction of Battalion Chief's Donahoe and Brown responded to a reported Garage Fire at 807 E. 39th. The first arriving engine company reported a fully involved detached garage with fire impinging on a fence, a nearby vehicle and a power pole with power lines on the ground. Crews quickly knocked down the fire and protected exposures. Avista was called to the scene to disconnect the downed power lines. Crews remained on scene for over 2 hours overhauling the garage which was a complete loss. There were no injuries to Civilians or Fire Fighters.

Cause:
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the S.F.D. Special Investigation unit.

Damage:
The Detached Garage and its contents are a complete loss. There is also fire exposure damage to a fence, a vehicle and a power pole.

# Firefighters Responding: 20

Dollar Loss: $40,000



North Battalion Residence Fire

Incident #: 2011034015
Date of Incident: 8/24/2011
Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer

Narrative:
On Wednesday August 24, 2011 2:35PM, 6 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 1 Senior Ladder, 4 Engines and 1 Heavy Rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Donahoe and Fielder, responded to a residence fire at 1229 West Dalke. A Battalion Chief returning from the previous incident arrived quickly to find smoke showing from the rear and eves of the single-story, single family residence. Finding a working fire in the rear of the house, companies made entry through the front and protected the home from receiving additional smoke and heat damage by pushing the fire out the back. Companies were able to extinguish the fire quickly and successfully limited property loss primarily to the rear of the home. There were no injuries reported from either residents or firefighters.

Cause:
The cause is under investigation by the SIU.

Damage:
Damage is primarily limited to the rear of the home and fairly extensive. The two occupants are being assisted by family members.

# Firefighters Responding: 19

Dollar Loss: $15000

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fire Press Release Three Fer.

North Battalion Apartment Fire

Incident #: 2011034008
Date of Incident: 8/24/2011
Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer

Narrative:
On Wednesday August 24, 2011 12:07PM, 7 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 1 Senior Ladder, 5 Engines and 1 Heavy Rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Brown and Fielder, responded to an Apartment Fire at 2807 East Boone Avenue. Spokane Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from a third floor unit of a three-story apartment building. The building contained 15 apartment units total, of which 13 were occupied. The first arriving Chief requested an upgrade to a working fire which added another senior Ladder, additional engine and staff from the Training Division. Later, an additional AMR ambulance and command staff were added to the incident to assist with planning and the on-site rehab of firefighters due to the extreme heat. Finding fire in one inhabited unit and the attic space, firefighters commenced swift salvage operations to protect personal property within the structure and made judicious use of firefighting hose streams. Both Senior Ladders immediately laddered the roof and ventilated above the apartment involved in fire. The well coordinated effort of firefighters confined flames to the building's common attic, extinguishing the blaze in just 2 hours. There were no injuries reported from either residents or firefighters.

Cause:
The loss from the fire was limited to a total of two apartment units. American Red Cross is assisting the residents with interim placement assistance.

Damage:
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

# Firefighters Responding: 34

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Family of 6 barely makes their way out of house fire

Incident #: 2011033945
Date of Incident: 8/24/2011
Issuing Officer: Bruce Moline/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
On Wednesday August 24th, 2011 at 1:29 A.M. the Spokane Fire Department sent 4 engine companies, a ladder company, a rescue unit and 2 battalion chiefs to a report of a house on fire at 2430 E. Marshall. Engine 7 from their neighborhood station at 1st and Magnolia and Engine 8 from their neighborhood station at Mission and Rebecca arrived together on scene and found a single family dwelling that was filling with smoke rapidly towards the back of the house. They were quickly joined by Ladder 2, Engine 2, Engine 15 and Rescue 1 and discovered a fast spreading kitchen fire that had consumed most of the kitchen and was traveling towards the sleeping areas of the house. The 6 occupants safely made their exit from the home. All occupants had been sleeping at the time of the fire and the mother reportedly woke up in time to safely escort herself and 3 of her children out of the house. The father also woke up shortly after this and rapidly grabbed his 3 year old son from an adjoining room but soon found his exit through the main door was cut off due to the heat and rapidly building smoke. He instead opened a window on the west side of the house and climbed out the window with his son in his arms and made it out to safety. Despite the family's rapid exit through smoke and heat, there were no injuries. The fire was knocked down after approximately 10 minutes but the overhaul phase of the operation took 2 hours. A fire watch company stayed at the home until daylight watching for flare ups and hot spots. A total of 18 firefighters responded on this fire. The Fire Department would like to remind the public to maintain working smoke detectors inside your homes. There were two smoke detectors found inside this dwelling however, the batteries inside the detectors, were not plugged in all the way allowing the detectors to operate normally. Had these detectors operated like they should have, the family would have been alerted much earlier to the rapidly growing fire. The fire began as a result of cooking in a frying pan and then both the mother and father accidentally falling asleep while the stove was still on. This family is extremely fortunate to have survived such a rapidly spreading fire in the middle of the night while sleeping. Just a few moments longer, and the outcome of this fire could have been very different. Please check your smoke detectors, and keep them working to help save lives.

Cause:
While frying food in a frying pan, both adults fell asleep.

Damage:
Smoke damage throughout the dwelling. Heavy fire damage to the kitchen and adjoining living areas.

# Firefighters Responding: 18

Dollar Loss: $40,000

North Battalion Structure Fire

Incident #: 2011033883
Date of Incident: 8/23/2011
Issuing Officer: Bob Green/Battalion Chief

Narrative:
The Spokane City Fire Dept. dispatched fire apparatus and their crews to 518 E. LaCrosse at 16:45 hrs on Tuesday, August 23rd for a reported structure fire. As the crews were responding to the address they received additional information over their radios from Fire Dispatch indicating that a 4 year old girl was unaccounted for at the scene and that her parents feared she may still be inside the home. The first arriving fire apparatus on the scene reported a single story wood/frame dwelling with heavy black smoke showing from the roof and eaves of the building and that a detached garage behind the house was fully involved with fire. Initial assignments were made by that first-in company and shortly after their arrival word was passed via Fire Dept radio that the missing little girl had been located down the street at a neighbor's home; safe and sound. A complete search of the entire building was ordered, as per Fire Dept. policy, to ensure that there was no one inside while simultaneous fire attack and ventilation efforts were undertaken. Fortunately the search found no victims in the building and the very hot and well-advanced fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. Fire damage to the structure was considerable and much of the interior of the building had to be opened by the fire fighters to ensure that no fire was concealed in the walls and ceilings. A large portion of the roof had to be opened to allow the hot, toxic gasses to ventilate into the atmosphere. The areas of the building not damaged by the fire itself were severely damaged by the heavy smoke conditions present. There were no reported injuries to any of the 26 fire fighters who responded to this afternoon blaze or to any of the tenants residing in the structure. Red Cross is assisting the family with temporary housing. Six engines, one ladder, one Heavy Rescue Truck, and three Command vehicles responded to this incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by members of the Spokane Fire Dept. Special Investigation Unit.

Cause:
Under Investigation

Damage:
Detached garage-total loss House-Severe fire damage, smoke damage throughout, major portion of the roof removed

# Firefighters Responding: 27

Dollar Loss: $50,000.00

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Fatality Fire Press Release




Brownes Additon Fire

Incident #: 2011033592 Date of Incident: 8/21/2011 Issuing Officer: Craig Cornelius / Battalion Chief

Narrative:
This evening August 21st 2011, at 19:58 hours the Spokane Fire Department dispatched 5 Engines, 3 Ladders, 1 Heavy Rescue and 2 Chief Officers to a reported fire at 1914 W. 1st Ave. Additional apparatus were sent in this first initial dispatch due to multiple 911 calls and reports of people trapped inside the structure. Engine 4 from the Browne's addition fire station, arrived a little over two minute from dispatch. Engine 4 under the direction of Lt. Dan Renner reported heavy fire showing from the second floor of a 3 story, wood frame residential with occupants stranded on the front roof. E4 assigned incoming apparatus to provide for an interior fire attack and to search for additional persons that were reported to be inside. Neighbors along with Firefighters from Engine 4 placed ladders to the front of the house to rescue stranded residents that were trapped by the developing fire. As additional fire crews arrived, they were sent into the structure to search for additional residents. The older home had been converted into roughly 9 residential units and the fire had substantial control of the second floor and the narrow stairways leading to the 3rd floor unit. Firefighters fought their way up the stairs extinguishing fire and searching for additional fire victims as they advanced. Interior crews were reporting intense heat as they made their way through the 2nd floor and narrow stairway that led to the top floor. Ladder 1's crew attempted to release some of the crippling heat on the upper floors through cutting holes in the roof. A medical group was established to provide medical care. Two residents were treated for smoke inhalation and transported to the hospital. Search crews made it to the 3rd floor, but progress was stopped due to the massive amount of heat, flames, and poor access through a very narrow stairway. Command backed the interior crews down and used a "deck gun" on the top of Engine 4 to help darken the fire from a different attack position. The deck gun was deployed for approximately and minute and then fire crews were transitioned back into the interior of the structure to continue searching and extinguish the fire. As crews gained control of the third floor, they found a male fire victim that had succumbed to the fire. The fire cause is still under investigation at this time. Fire investigators will continue with their investigation on Monday. Red Cross is assisting approximately 10 adults that have been displaced by the fire. A total of 35 firefighters and 6 chief officers responded to this incident.

Cause:
Cause is still under investigation.

Damage:
Smoke throughout. Heavy fire damage 2nd and 3rd floor.

# Firefighters Responding: 35

Dollar Loss: $85000

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Chism cleared of all charges!

Jury clears firefighter Chism of all charges

Thomas Clouse
The Spokesman-Review

Chism

COLVILLE – Embattled Spokane firefighter Todd Chism won his latest legal battle with the Washington State Patrol on Thursday when a jury cleared him of all charges stemming from a violent 2010 confrontation that injured him and two Washington State Patrol troopers.

A Stevens County jury exonerated the suspended Chism of four felony counts and a misdemeanor resisting arrest, stemming from an early-morning melee outside his Nine Mile Falls home on April 6, 2010.

But the jury not only found him not guilty, they ordered the state to pay for his attorneys’ fees.

“Justice has been served,” said Chism, who was cleared in 2008 in a botched child pornography investigation by the WSP.

Earlier Thursday, Chism told the jurors he had spent the evening with friends before backing his diesel Dodge Ram pickup down his driveway so they could leave. When he pulled off the road, his truck got stuck and ran out of fuel about midnight.

Passersby reported what they thought was a crash. Chism said he returned to the truck a couple hours later, after having a few drinks, and was attempting to start the truck when firefighters arrived. Shortly thereafter, Trooper Greg Riddell arrived and he began questioning Chism, who smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.

Trooper Greg Birkeland then arrived to relieve Riddell, who was about to go off shift. Birkeland made a comment about Chism’s name being familiar. At that point, the stories completely diverged.

Chism – a lieutenant before his supension – said Birkeland’s comment angered him. He said the troopers began threatening him and then shot him with a Taser. Chism went down and then began to struggle with the troopers.

“I was trying to protect myself. I was trying to get a hand up to my head because I couldn’t breathe,” he said. “I didn’t try to harm anybody.”

The troopers described a rolling battle in which they shocked Chism – a two-time state champion Golden Gloves boxer – at least seven times with a taser and punched him in the head. They also testified Chism grabbed Riddell’s thumb and twisted it until it tore ligaments.

Attorneys showed the jury photos both of Riddell’s surgically repaired thumb, and one taken in the ambulance of Chism with a grossly swollen forehead, his eye was swollen shut, and blood was coming from multiple wounds including his nostrils.

“I was in shock,” Chism said. “I felt the same thing was happening – that I was being falsely accused. And, I was getting angry. I said some things I’m not proud of.”

Troopers made a public showing of a search warrant in 2008 at Chism’s home after they received allegations he possessed child pornography. The investigation revealed – some four months later – that the pornography had been purchased by someone who had stolen Chism’s credit card.

In response, he filed a $12 million lawsuit in federal court against the WSP. That case was dismissed in January, 2010, just months before his encounter with the troopers.

In closing arguments, Deputy Ferry County Prosecutor Mike Golden told the jury that Chism was further upset because he recently learned about his lawsuit being dismissed. Chism caused the melee because he didn’t comply, Golden argued.

“The pictures look like he got beat up,” Golden said. “If you pick a fight with two guys in body armor, you are going to get some scrapes on you.”

But defense attorney Carl Oreskovich – who was prohibited from telling the jury that Birkeland lied when he testified in his own trial for drinking-related charges in 2004 – said his client only wanted to talk until troopers became physical.

“If you feel like you were falsely accused of a crime, got beaten up and you just (defecated) yourself, don’t you think you would have some anger?” he asked the jury. “He reacts to a use of force and tries to defend himself. Do justice. This man has been through enough.”