Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, 509.625.7002
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:35 p.m.
Incident #: 2013057815
Issuing Officer: Joel Fielder/Battalion Chief
Narrative: Spokane City Fire crews responded to a reported structure fire at 2722 West Boone on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at approximately 1:10 p.m. Fire crews responding to this location reported seeing a column of smoke showing from several blocks away. The first unit on scene reported heavy fire showing from the northeast corner of a single story, wood framed structure with smoke showing from the eaves. The home was later identified as a 1-1/2 story structure with fire extending into the attic on the north and east side.
The first engine arriving on scene initiated an aggressive interior attack confining the fire to a bedroom at the back of the home while a second fire crew attacked the fire in the upstairs bedroom. Additional fire crews on scene completed search, vertical ventilation and salvage, and overhaul. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes.
There were no injuries to any civilians, one firefighter suffered a knee injury and was transported to a local hospital for examination. 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. The house was found to be vacant and unsecured; however, neighbors did report seeing 2 individuals staying within the home the last several days.
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 a main floor bedroom and bathroom on the north side of the structure, fire damage in the attic, and heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure.
# Firefighters Responding: 32
Dollar Loss: $ 40000
Other Agencies Responding: Avista