Monday, April 01, 2013

Fire Press Release

North Side Apartment Fire
Incident #: 2013013547
Date of Incident: 03/31/2013
Issuing Officer: C Cornelius/ Battalion Chief
Narrative: This Easter morning at 07:05 hours, the Spokane Fire Department dispatched 6 fire  companies to a reported fire in a 3 story apartment building located at 727 W. Glass. Tenants reported to Dispatch that smoke was coming from around the door of one of the upstairs apartment units.  Fire Dispatch advised callers to start evacuating the building.
Pumper Ladder 13 arrived on the scene within 4 minutes and positioned their apparatus to ladder the building.  Engine 3 arrived simultaneously and advanced a hose line to the apartment on the top floor.  Command was established and incoming fire crews were tasked with searching adjacent units on the top floor, ventilating the attic and securing a water supply for the hose lines being used.  Quick decisive actions taken by the first officers on the scene helped bring this fire under control within 15 minutes.
The apartment unit where the fire started sustained substantial damage from both fire and smoke, but the damage was confined to this unit only.  The occupants of this unit were not home when the fire department arrived and are currently being assisted by the local Red Cross.  There were no injuries reported at this incident, however, the family lost a pet in the fire.  Other residents have been allowed back into their apartments.
The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature. 
Damage:One apartment unit, ceiling and roof.
# Firefighters Responding: 22
Dollar Loss: $ 20,000
End Of Release 
For more information on this release please call (509) 625-7002

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