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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO CHICKEN COOP FIRE


04/15/21
               

For Immediate Release:

April 15, 2021

Contact:

Julie Happy

Community Affairs Manager

Spokane Valley Fire

509-892.4155

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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO CHICKEN COOP FIRE

NO LOSS OF CHICKEN LIFE OCCURRED

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Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units were dispatched just before 12 p.m. to a shed, hay, and chicken coop on fire in the 5900 block of N Starr Road. An off-duty Firefighter was near the location and was able to relay information to Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC911) regarding the fire.   En route, SVFD Engine 4 (VE4) crews from the Otis Orchards Station could see a noticeable smoke column in the air.  Upon arrival crews found the coop was fully involved and was approximately 200 feet away from the house on the property.  The resident was trying to put the fire out with the garden hose.

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The chicken coop was a small 10×10 structure and was fully consumed by the fire and was quickly knocked down within a few moments of crews arriving to the location. The source of ignition is under investigation. Valley Engine 3 (VE3) crews arrived and were able to utilize the hose out front to set up a water tendering operation. If needed, water from this location would be able to supply water to VE4 in the backyard to help put out the fire from a continued water supply.

Thankfully, all chickens were accounted for and no loss of chicken life occurred.

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Fire crews from Station 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 were dispatched as well as Engine 85 from Spokane County Fire District 8 (SCFD8) and 1 from Kootenai County Fire District.  When the fire was downgraded, some crews were cancelled and returned in service.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents as we head into Wildfire Season to protect homes as much as possible. Wildfires can easily spread from blowing embers and flames. Maintaining your home and utilizing landscaping techniques, homeowners can reduce the chance of embers and flames finding a place to easily ignite.  Make sure to use proper fire safe lighting & heating units for your chicken coop to keep the coop and your nearby home free from fire risk.

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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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