ISSUING OFFICER: AC Schaeffer
DATE OF INCIDENT: 4/8/2009
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
INCIDENT ADDRESS: 7010 N COLTON & 5302 E TRENT AVE-CS
NARRATIVE: All of Spokane Fire Department's on-duty companies were assigned today to multiple near-simultaneous events this afternoon. A first-alarm assignment was sent at 2:12 PM for smoke in the Burlington Northern building located at 5302 East Trent in far East Spokane. When companies arrived, the building was being evacuated as individuals reported smoke present on the interior. As additional companies arrived on the Trent Incident and investigated the situation, a second serious incident was dispatched at 2:25 PM on the far North side of Spokane at 7010 North Colton (Autumn Ridge Apartments) for a fire in an apartment. These two incidents along with another call had all of the on-duty companies committed for period of time.
PROBABLE CAUSE: The cause of the initial incident at 5302 East Trent resulted from a problem in boiler which caused over-pressurization and steam inside the building. It took firefighters an extended period to control the building's utilities thus preventing additional problems from the boiler.
The cause of the second incident at 7010 North Colton was accidental in nature and involved discarded ashes, however resulted in damage to various areas in the apartment's exterior walls and the unit's interior.
DAMAGE EXTENT: On the Trent Incident, damage is minor and repairable. The second incident (7010 N Colton) involves cosmetic damage to the structure and some contents. The occupant at the time of the fire was treated by SFD Paramedics for second degree burns and has been transported to a local hospital.
DOLLAR LOSS: 5000
FIREFIGHTER RESPONSE: 58
MUTUAL AID: None Given
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