West Decatur structure fire

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, 509.625.7002

Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

Incident #: 2013059341#

Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Bill Donahoe

Narrative: At 09:45 PM, December 19, 2013 Spokane Fire Department crews responded to 1107 West Decatur on a reported structure fire. The first arriving Chief arrived on scene and reported a single story wood framed dwelling with smoke showing from the roof eaves. All of the occupants were reported safely out of the structure. Companies were assigned to extinguish and confine the fire, vertically ventilate the roof, and protect the occupant's valuables. The attic fire was brought under control within 30 minutes. Fire Companies remained on scene overhauling and completing a fire watch until 02:00 AM. Four adult occupants were displaced and staying with family until repairs can be completed to the home. Avista disconnected the power and natural gas to the home until the following morning. No injuries were reported by civilians or firefighters.

Cause: The Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit has determined that the fire originated in a wall which had wood framing in close proximity to the operating fireplace. Radiant heat from the fireplace ignited the wall which then extended into the attic of the home.

Damage: There is fire damage to the exposed wall and attic next to the fireplace and chimney. Light smoke damage also occurred throughout the entire home.

# Firefighters Responding: 24

Dollar Loss: $ 10,000.00

Other Agencies Responding: AMR and Avista