Saturday, April 14, 2007

Fire Press Release

ISSUING OFFICER: Ken Kirsch/Battalion Chief
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
INCIDENT ADDRESS: 528 W. Mansfield
CITY: Spokane

NARRATIVE: On Friday, 04/13/07, at approximately 1619 hrs units of the City of Spokane Fire Department responded to 528 W. Mansfield upon report of a structure fire. While SFD crews were still en-route additional information became available that the fire had spread from one detached garage to a second garage to the east. First arriving crews on the scene advanced pre-connected hose-lines into both garages. The first garage now totally involved and the second with the roof and exterior siding on fire. Fire crews were able to extinguish both fires within approximately 15 minutes. No other structures in the area were damaged by the fire. The first garage was a total loss. A car within the garage was also consumed by the fire. The second garage had significant damage to the roof, exterior siding on one side, and some interior structural damage. SFD members spent additional time conducting overhaul operations to assure the fire was extinguished.

A total of 22 firefighters on 8 fire apparatus responded to this blaze. No injuries were reported to either firefighters or civilians.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The cause of the fire is currently undetermined and under investigation. At the time of this medial release fire investigators were still working on the fire scene.
DAMAGE EXTENT: Two detached garages were damaged in this incident. The first garage was a total loss and was located behind the residence at 528 W. Mansfield. The garage situated just east of the first garage had damage to the exterior siding, roof and some interior damage. No other structures were damaged in this incident.
MUTUAL AID: None Given

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Fire Press Release

ISSUING OFFICER: Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
INCIDENT ADDRESS: 3704 E Crown Avenue
CITY: Spokane
ZIP: 99207

NARRATIVE: On Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 3:13 PM, 7 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 1 heavy rescue, 1 senior ladder, 4 Engines and 1 Battalion Chief, under the direction of Battalion Chief Bob Hanna responded to a residential structure fire at 3704 E Crown Avenue.

The first company was on-scene in less than five minutes and immediately encountered a 1-story, single family home with smoke showing from all areas of the roof. Using handlines, Firefighters were able to force access to the burning home and begin to aggressively attack the fire. Search and rescue efforts were commenced immediately as initial reports indicated the homeowners may be present. Searches revealed an empty home. Firefighters confined the fire to the area of origin within 20 minutes. No firefighters or civilians were injured in this incident.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The cause of this incident is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Investigators. More information will be passed along as it becomes available.
DAMAGE EXTENT: The rear and attic of the structure has moderate damage. The electrical system has been placed out-of-service by the SFD and occupancy will not be permitted.
MUTUAL AID: None Given