Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fire Press Release Two Fer.

Home Fire on E. Glass

Incident #: 2011037261 Date of Incident: 9/14/2011 Issuing Officer: C Cornelius / Batt Chief

On Wednesday September 14, at 09:46 AM, the Spokane Fire Department dispatched 4 Engines, 1 Dedicated Ladder, 1 Heavy Rescue and 2 Chief Officers to a reported house fire at 1009 E. Glass. (A neighbor had called 911 to report smoke coming from the home across the street.) L2 under the direction of Captain Ken Miller was the first apparatus on scene, arriving within 3 minutes of being dispatched. Captain Miller reported that he had smoke showing from the rear of the home and around the home's foundation. Neighbors informed him that two people in their seventies lived in the home and were unaccounted for. Captain Miller's priorities were to search the home for the occupants and locate the seat of the fire. When L2's crew made entry into the rear of the home they reported heavy smoke from ceiling to the floor, and stated that the fire appeared to be in the basement. As additional fire crews arrived they extended back up hose lines to protect searching crews while an attack was made on the fire in the basement. Medics and an Ambulance were placed on "stand by". Firefighters knocked the fire down within 10 minutes of arrival. The owner of the home arrived after the Fire Department and informed Fire Command that he was unsure where his wife was. Search crews found a family dog that had succumbed to smoke inhalation, but had not been able to locate the missing wife during their initial "primary search". Structural ventilation was performed, and a "secondary search" was completed on both floors. Search crews located another family pet, this time a cat. Family members informed Fire Command that they had located the missing wife, who had been out running errands and not home during the fire. The couple both in their 70s, were found safe and unhurt. Both however, are shaken do to the loss of their pets and damage to the home. The home's basement sustained the majority of the fire damage. However, the entire home was impacted by the heavy smoke. The cause of this fire is still under investigation. No fire injuries were reported.

Under Investigation

Basement: Fire and Smoke 1st floor: Smoke

# Firefighters Responding: 22

Dollar Loss: $30

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Media Release

House Fire In East Central Neighborhood

Incident #: 2011037053 Date of Incident: 9/12/2011 Issuing Officer: Bruce Moline/Battalion Chief

On Monday September 12th, 2011 at 8:46 P.M. the Spokane Fire Department responded to a house fire located at 3617 E. 1st. Fire crews found a well involved single family dwelling with fire showing from the north end of the home and rapidly extending vertically through the roof. A home immediately to the west was also under threat from the fire. Engine 14 from their neighborhood station located at 18th and Ray was first to arrive and made the quick decision to protect the home exposed on the west side of the fire, and at the same time, attacked the fire directly through a doorway preventing any further extension towards the interior of the home. Ladders 1 and 2 also made entry into the home through a locked door and rapidly searched the interior for anyone still inside. At this same time, the ladder crews were on the roof opening up to ventilate out the buildup of heat inside. There were no occupants found inside the dwelling and the exposure home on the west side was spared. A knockdown of the fire was achieved after 18 minutes. Fire crews remained on the scene throughout the night completing final extinguishment and monitoring the condition of the building for flare-ups. The fire cause is unknown at this time but is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit and is expected to continue today. A total of 5 engine companies, 2 ladder companies, a rescue company and 2 battalion chiefs responded on this alarm. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.

Under Investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.

Heavy fire damage to north half of the structure including the roof. Heavy smoke damage to main and second floors.

# Firefighters Responding: 25

Dollar Loss: $90,000

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Fire Press Release

Family of three escapes house fire

Incident #: 2011036899
Date of Incident: 9/12/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Steve Sabo

At 12:39 AM, Monday, September 12th, the Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported attached garage fire at 8117 N. Meghan Street, in the Five Mile neighborhood. Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe arrived first on scene and upgraded the incident to a working fire, reporting heavy smoke and fire involving three cars in the driveway and heavy fire in the garage, with fire extending into the two-story wood framed house. The three occupants who were asleep in the house at the time of the fire escaped uninjured prior to the fire department's arrival. As fire crews arrived, Chief Donahoe assigned them to the multitude of tasks needed to bring the fire under control, including: roof ventilation, multiple fire attack lines, and extensive overhaul. Fire had extended from the garage and up interior walls to the second floor bedrooms and the attic, creating a difficult and labor-intensive operation for the fire crews. As a result of the extraordinary efforts of the fire crews the house was saved, but there was still extensive damage to the structure and its contents. Most of the roof was lost and the entire house and contents suffered extensive smoke and water damage. In addition, a total of five vehicles were destroyed. The family of four is being assisted by the Red Cross. In all, two ladder trucks, five engines, a heavy rescue and two Battalion Chiefs, for a total of 29 firefighters, worked at this fire. Crews will remain on scene throughout the night and into the morning, working on stubborn hot spots and assuring complete extinguishment. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

This incident is currently under investigation by members of the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit, who will comb through the debris and conduct interviews to determine the cause.

Damage to the structure and contents, including the five vehicles, is estimated at $300,000.

# Firefighters Responding: 29

Dollar Loss: $300,000

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fire Press Release

North Battalion Structure Fire

Incident #: 2011036717
Date of Incident: 9/11/2011
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe

On Saturday Sept 10th 2011 at 21:12, seven Companies of Spokane Firefighters, five engines, one senior ladder, one heavy rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Donahoe and Sabo responded to a Structure Fire at 1816 E. Empire. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing on the back side of a one story single family dwelling. Occupants in the front yard confirmed that everyone was accounted for and outside of the home. Trees and a home were identified as exposures due to the close proximity to the quick moving fire and were protected. Additionally, engine companies made an aggressive attack on the fire inside the structure which included the basement, the first floor and the attic. The Ladder Company provided ventilation of the roof and searched for extension of the fire. Companies remained on scene for several hours overhauling the fire. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

The cause of this fire remains under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.

There was extensive fire damage to the back half of the home on the first floor and roof. There was moderate fire damage to the basement and smoke damage throughout the home.

# Firefighters Responding: 23

Dollar Loss: $100,000.00

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