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HOUSE FIRE IN SPOKANE VALLEY DISPLACES LARGE FAMILY


04/14/21
               

For Immediate Release:

April 10th, 2021

Contact:

Jeff Smetzler

Public Information Officer

Spokane Valley Fire

509-319-6078

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HOUSE FIRE IN SPOKANE VALLEY DISPLACES LARGE FAMILY

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Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units were dispatched at 1:30 p.m. for a report of a fire 10507 E. 14th. Valley Engine 9 arrived first reporting visible smoke and flames on the exterior of the back side of the home and upgraded the fire to working house fire.  The working fire response added multiple other Valley Fire units to the call to aid in fire control and extinguishment.  Valley Engine 9 extended a fire attack line to the back exterior of the structure and performed a rapid application of water to the active fire to slow down and control with the potential to stop additional fire spread in structure. Valley Engine 9 confirmed all occupants were out of the structure. The initial aggressive quick attack successfully controlled the fire allowing additional Valley Fire crews to enter the structure on the first floor through the living room and perform a rapid search of the home and check for additional fire spread. The fire was confirmed to have spread interior to the attic space which was actively burning.  The interior fire was quickly contained, and search completed but there was still fire damage to the back of the home extending to the back-porch deck, and into the attic for the length of the structure.  Ladder crews did make access to the roof and using chainsaws cut ventilation holes in the structure to aid in fire control for the interior fire crews with fire hoses.  Red Cross was called to aid the 10 occupants of the home in finding residential options as the home is currently un-occupiable.  The rapid response and quick actions by Spokane Valley Fire Department saved the home from being a total loss and burning up completely.

Response included two Battalion Chiefs (V21 and V22), 1 Safety Officer (V31), 1 Fire Investigator (V46), Valley Ladders 8 & 10, Valley Engines 1, 2, , 7, and 9, 1 PIO (V16) and auto aid from City of Spokane Fire Engine 8 and Quint 11, Spokane County Fire District 8 Engine 84 AMR, and Avista utilities. Fire was controlled quickly by Valley Fire Crews thus all Automatic Aid units were cancelled or released from the scene upon their arrival.

The cause of the fire is under investigation at the time of this press release.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents as we head into Wildfire Season to follow some easy guidelines.  Please do not throw cigarettes out windows while driving or into brush or vegetation.  Do not put cigarettes out in potted plants, landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, mulch, leaves, or easily flammable products.

 

About SVFD
Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. SVFD firefighter crews which include paramedics and EMT’s, responded to more than 17,487 emergency calls in 2018.

Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International; and has a class 2 WSRB rating as given by the Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau (WSRB).  SVFD is one of four accredited departments in the state and the only accredited department with distinction as a WSRB class 2.

For more information about Spokane Valley Fire Department, visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.

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