Friday, December 20, 2013

Fire Press Release

North Battalion Structure Fire
Incident #: 2013059341#
Date of Incident: 12/19/2013
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe
Narrative:At 09:45 PM, December 19, 2013 Spokane Fire Department crews responded to 1107 West Decatur on a reported structure fire. The first arriving Chief arrived on scene and reported a single story wood framed dwelling with smoke showing from the roof eaves. All of the occupants were reported safely out of the structure. Companies were assigned to extinguish and confine the fire, vertically ventilate the roof and protect the occupant’s valuables. The attic fire was brought under control within 30 minutes. Fire Companies remained on scene overhauling and completing a fire watch until 02:00 AM.  Four adult occupants were displaced and staying with family until repairs can be completed to the home. Avista disconnected the power and natural gas to the home at least until the following morning. No injuries were reported by civilians or firefighters.
Cause:The Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit has determined that the fire originated in a wall which had wood framing in close proximity to the operating fireplace. Radiant heat from the fireplace ignited the wall which then extended into the attic of the home.
Damage:There is fire damage to the exposed wall and attic next to the fireplace and chimney. Light smoke damage also occurred throughout the entire home.
# Firefighters Responding: 24
Dollar Loss: $ 10,000.00
Other Agencies Responding:
A.M.R. Ambulance and Avista
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fire press release

Warehouse Fire

Incident #: 2013058726
Date of Incident: 12/16/2013
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Steve Sabo

At 2:46 this afternoon, Monday, December 16th, the Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported warehouse fire at 2627 E. Trent Avenue. The first engine on scene reported a 60’ X 60’ metal warehouse with heavy smoke showing from an open overhead door. Multiple minor explosions were heard from inside the structure, which was reported to contain flammable gas cylinders. There was also tall rack storage of heavy commercial material and tools. Due to these hazards, and confirmation from employees that there was no one inside the structure, firefighters attacked the fire from the exterior. Thermal imaging cameras were used to determine the location of the fire, where siding was removed to extinguish the majority of fire. Crews will remain on scene throughout the night monitoring hot spots in an area of the warehouse unsafe to enter. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The Spokane Police Department assisted with traffic control on busy Trent Avenue, and AMR provided a standby ambulance crew on scene.

Fire investigators will be on scene in the morning to attempt to enter the area suspected to be the origin. At this time the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Damage was confined to an office/tool room in the warehouse, with heat, smoke and water damage to much of the contents of the remainder of the warehouse.

# Firefighters Responding: 41

Dollar Loss: $ 100,000

Other Agencies Responding:
Spokane Police Department,

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