Spokane Valley Fire roundup: Blaze possibly spread from third floor balcony into attic damages 8 apartments
A two-alarm apartment fire on September 10 damaged several apartments, but no residents were seriously injured and three cats were rescued by the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
The call came in at 8:59 p.m. and crews could see flames over the trees before arriving at the apartment complex on the 2300 block on North Wilbur Road. A second alarm went off and crews could see apartments on the second and third floors on fire. The fire may have started on a third-floor balcony and spread to the building’s attic, according to Julie Happy, a spokeswoman for the department.
Several residents were treated for smoke inhalation and one was cut after breaking the glass on a fire extinguisher box. One of the cats was found in a badly damaged apartment on the third floor and was given oxygen using a special pet oxygen mask.
Eight homes were damaged, two from the fire and smoke and six from the smoke and water used to fight the fire. The Red Cross offered assistance to 20 residents, including seven children.
The Spokane Fire Department and Spokane County Fire Department Districts 8, 9 and 10 helped with the fire. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Other calls from September 7th to 13th
7th of September: The crews reacted at 9:29 a.m. to a fallen tree in the area of East Eighth Avenue and South Thierman Road. The pine was suspended in power lines. Avista was called. Another fallen tree that broke a power line was reported on East Wellesley Avenue and North Arden Road at 9:53 a.m. Avista has been notified. Another tree fell at 11:15 a.m. on the 15300 block on East Second Avenue. The tree was resting on power lines when an electric arc set two trees on fire. The homeowner has been evacuated and the trees have been wetted. Vera Power was called. A large jaw fell at 12:07 p.m. on East 16th Avenue and South Davis Lane, damaging several power lines and a transformer. Avista has been notified. It was reported that at 2:22 p.m., a power pole tilted at an angle of about 75 degrees over North Argonne Road near East Mission Avenue. The crews helped stop the traffic until the mast was repaired by Modern Electric. A high-speed two-car accident was reported on the 17100 block of East Trent Avenue at 6:28 p.m.
September 8th: A grass fire was reported on the south side of Trento near the railroad tracks in the 9100 block of East Trent at 4:18 p.m. It was about 20 feet by 20 feet and appeared to have been caused by a campfire. The fire grew to 50 by 80 feet before the fire was extinguished. A possible fire was reported at a nursing home on the 14100 block of East Third Avenue at 10:24 p.m. One resident told firefighters that he found and removed a smoldering planter just outside one of the units. No other fire was found.
September 9th: A tinkling carbon monoxide detector was reported in the 2300 block of South Mamer Court at 7:36 p.m. Gas monitors showed carbon monoxide levels above 40 ppm. However, there was no natural gas connection in the building. When Avista arrived, the levels had dropped to 1 ppm.
13.september: A small fire was reported at the base of a tree in the 11100 block of East Trent at 3:37 a.m. The fire was extinguished. A possible illegal fire was reported at Block 14100 on East Desmet Avenue at 5:47 pm. The crews found a fire using timber and scrap metal. The residents of the house told the crews they thought it was a good time to clean up the debris because of the smoke in the air. You have been informed of the current fire ban.
By the numbers: The crews responded to 336 service requests, including 266 emergency calls, in the week from September 7th to 13th. Other responses included 22 car accidents, a 2-year-old accidentally locked in a room, and steam from an espresso machine mistaken for smoke.
Nina Culver can be reached at [email protected]