Fire damages north Spokane garage

Firefighters keep fire from spreading to home

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Fire Chief, 509.625.7002

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:22 p.m.

Fire heavily damaged a detached garage in northwest Spokane on Friday evening, but firefighters knocked it down before it spread to the nearby home. Spokane police officers who were first on scene helped four occupants safely evacuate the home.

Spokane Fire Department crews were dispatched to 1109 W. Nebraska at 5:03 pm. Crews found the detached garage fully involved with fire, which was spreading to the residence a few feet away.

The fire was rapidly controlled by 24 firefighters from four engine companies, two ladder trucks and a rescue. Firefighters contained the fire to the garage and successfully prevented any significant fire extension to the home. Damage was estimated at $10,000.

Avista Utilities secured the natural gas meter and de-energized an electrical line that had fallen as a result of the fire.

No one was injured, and firefighters noted the home had working smoke detectors that were in the alarm mode when fire crews arrived on scene. The cause of the fire is being investigated by members of the Spokane Fire Department SIU.