North Battalion Structure Fire
Incident #: 2012009771#
Date of Incident: 3/8/2012
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe
On Thursday March 8th 2012 at 01:16 am six companies of Spokane Firefighters, four engines, one senior ladder and one heavy rescue under the direction of Battalion Chief's Donahoe and Moline responded to a reported structure fire at 5727 North Fotheringham. The first arriving engine company reported heavy fire and smoke showing out of an attached garage of a single family dwelling and quickly attacked the fire. When the Battalion Chief arrived the fire was upgraded to a working fire and called for another senior ladder along with an extra engine company. Crews were assigned to attack the fire, search for occupants, ventilate the roof and protect the home next door from the escalating fire. The occupants of the home had self evacuated and were found safe in a neighbor's home. The displaced family was going to be staying with friends and Red Cross was not notified. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes and crews remained on scene until 06:30 am overhauling the fire. No injuries to firefighters or residents were reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit but appears to have started in the attached garage.
The involved home sustained fire damage to the garage, roof and first floor with water damage to the basement. There was also radiant heat damage to the homeowner's boat and truck. The next door neighbor's home to the south also sustained siding damage due to the radiant heat.
# Firefighters Responding: 22
Dollar Loss: $100,000.00
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