North Denver structure fire

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, 509.625.7002

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:47 p.m.

Incident #: 2013056161

Issuing Officer: Joel Fielder/Battalion Chief

Narrative: At approximately 5:20 AM this morning, December 2, 2013, Spokane City Fire crews were dispatched to 2510 North Denver on a reported structure fire. Fire crews responding to this location reported smoke and fire showing from several blocks away. The first crew on scene reported heavy fire showing from the east end of a duplex at the car port with fire extending into the living space to the west. They attacked the fire in the car-port on the east end of the building and protected an exposure building to the south. A second fire attack crew aggressively attacked the fire from the interior confining the fire to the one duplex. Additional fire crews on scene completed search, vertical ventilation and salvage and overhaul. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes. There were no injuries to any civilians or firefighters and fire crews remained on scene for several hours completing overhaul and assisting in the investigation process. Avista gas and electric crews arrived on scene and removed hazards as needed and Spokane Police assisted with traffic control. The 2-adult occupants of the duplex are currently being assisted by our local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Cause: The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.

Damage: There was heavy fire damage to the kitchen, attic and carport of the east duplex, with smoke damage throughout the structure.

# Firefighters Responding: 23

Dollar Loss: $ 45,000

Other Agencies Responding: Spokane Police Department, Avista, Red Cross