Monday, June 03, 2013

Fire Press Release

South Hill Basement Fire
Incident #: 2013023393
Date of Incident: 06/02/2013
Issuing Officer: Bruce Moline/Battalion Chief
Narrative:On Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 5:59 P.M. the Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported fire located in the 2400 block of E. 49th on Spokane’s South Hill. Engine 11 from their neighborhood station at 32nd and Perry was the first fire unit on the scene and found a house with smoke coming from the front door and eaves. The crew advanced a hose line rapidly into the home and found that the fire was originating from the basement.  The fire was kept relatively small due to Engine 11’s rapid advancement of the hose and the fire was declared knocked down after just a few minutes. Smoke remained throughout the home, however and Ladder 1 assisted in the removal of this smoke and the dangerous carbon monoxide that remained throughout. Unfortunately, the occupant’s dog perished in the fire due to smoke inhalation. Spokanimal is handling the situation. The occupant’s possessions suffered heavy fire and smoke damage and crews assisted them with retrieving some of these belongings. The Red Cross was called in to help the occupants with lodging, clothing and food. At this time, the cause is being investigated by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit. Firefighters remained at the scene for a number of hours completing overhaul and final extinguishment and salvaging possessions for the occupant’s.
Cause:Under investigation at this time by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.
Damage:Heavy fire and smoke damage to a portion of the basement, first floor, contents and furnishings.
# Firefighters Responding: 18
Dollar Loss: $ 40,000
Other Agencies Responding:
The Red Cross and Spokanimal.
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