Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Fire Press Release

ISSUING OFFICER: Bruce Moline/Battalion Chief
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
CITY: Spokane
ZIP: 99223

NARRATIVE: On 8/14/07 at 10:23 A.M. the Spokane Fire Department responded to a house fire located at 3217 N. Nelson. Upon arrival, fire crews found a wood frame dwelling with fire showing from the eaves and roof area. An aggressive interior attack was made using hose lines and at the same time a search effort was coordinated to locate any victims that remained inside the home. Roof ventilation was also started in order to properly let the hot smoke and gases escape so fire crews could more efficiently locate the fire and extinguish it. This was accomplished by using chainsaws to cut openings in the roof. The fire was reported to be "knocked down" after 15 minutes. A total of 21 firefighters responded on this alarm on 3 engine companies, 2 ladder companies, a pumper ladder company, a rescue unit and 2 battalion chiefs. There were 5 occupants inside the house when the fire began and all made it out to safety. The Red Cross is currently assisting these occupants. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. The warm temperatures of the day proved to be challenging to firefighters once again and special consideration was given to rotating crews through the various work assignments. Firefighters remained on the scene throughout a good share of the day conducting overhaul operations. The second floor of this dwelling received extensive damage from the fire and the ground floor level received water and smoke damage. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Investigation Division.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Under investigation by Spokane Fire Department investigators.
DAMAGE EXTENT: The second level received heavy damage from the fire. This consisted of structural damage and damage to contents (clothing, furnishings and belongings.)The main level including the basement, sustained moderate damage from both smoke and water.
MUTUAL AID: None Given