Attic fire displaces three

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, 509.625.7002

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 5:39 p.m.

Incident #: 2014014288

Issuing Officer: Bruce Moline/Battalion Chief

Narrative: On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:05 p.m. the Spokane Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at 2307 E. Sanson. First arriving crews found an attic that was charged with smoke and, once inside, confirmed a fire involving walls, the attic space, wiring and insulation. Three occupants made their way safely out of the building. Fire resources were stretched thin as there was a structure fire on the far north end of town in the Shiloh Hills neighborhood that was ongoing.

Engine 17, who was filling in at Station 15 at Wellesley and Crestline, was first on the scene and began to set the scene up for fire attack, search, and ventilation tasks. They were assisted by Engines 8, 6, and 14 and Ladders 1 and 4. Crews confined the fire to the attic and prevented it from spreading to the roof above. In their search of the smoky fire, crews used their thermal imaging cameras to pinpoint the source of heat.

The fire was successfully knocked down in short order. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The electrical system in the home was compromised because of the fire and the Red Cross was summoned to take care of the occupants. Avista assisted with the electrical issues and natural gas in the area. The fire is currently under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.

Cause: Under investigation at this time by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.

Damage: Fire, Smoke and Water damage throughout the home.

# Firefighters Responding: 26

Dollar Loss: $30,000

Other Agencies Responding: Avista Company, American Red Cross.