Fire Department News Releases for 2016


Spokane Fire Department wants residents to keep warm safely

Dec. 15 at 8:38 a.m. - With colder temperatures, SFD wants to help residents greatly reduce their chances of becoming a fire casualty by outlining the following safety tips.

Spokane Fire Department suggests ways to help avoid a holiday tragedy

Dec. 14 at 10:26 a.m. - “The holidays present great potential for candle related home fires,” says Spokane Fire Marshal Michael Miller.

Crews from the SFD respond to back-to-back structure fires

Dec. 12 at 1:53 p.m. - Around 3:30 a.m., fire crews from the Spokane Fire Department responded to back-to-back structure fires.

SFD and ALTCEW selected for national training conference

Dec. 5 at 8:56 a.m. - SFD and ALTCEW were awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 National Fire Protection Association’s Remembering When Conference.


Spokane Fire Department investigating arson fire

Nov. 30 at 12:46 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department is actively investigating the commercial building fire that occurred at 823 W. Riverside Ave. on Saturday, November 26.

Two families displaced after evening fire

Nov. 29 at 6:35 a.m. - Two families (3 adults, 2 children and 1 dog) were displaced last night after a fire caused heavy damage to an upper level duplex unit.

SFD warns hot oil turkey fryers pose a significant risk

Nov. 23 at 12:31 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department (SFD) wants residents to be aware of the number of safety risks associated with frying their Thanksgiving turkeys.

Natural leak prompts evacuation at Safeway on E. Mission

Nov. 22 at 6:10 p.m. - At 5:47 a.m., the Spokane Fire Department responded to a report of a natural gas leak at the Safeway Grocery Store located at 933 E. Mission Ave.

Firefighter from Spokane Fire Department receives national recognition

Nov. 16 at 11:54 a.m. - During the 2016 International Technical Rescue Symposium, Spokane Fire Department (SFD) firefighter Mike Forbes received a prestigious award.

More than 3 dozen at House of Charity showing signs of viral infection

Nov. 12 at 4:45 p.m. - More than three dozen overnight guests and staff at the House of Charity are showing symptoms of a viral infection.

Fire at North Central High School ruled accidental

Nov. 9 at 12:41 p.m. - Just before 10 a.m., crews from the Spokane Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from the roof of North Central High School.

Williams to retire as Spokane Fire Chief

Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. - Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams is retiring in January after leading the department for 28 years.

Don’t forget to change batteries in smoke alarms!

Nov. 3 at 2:21 p.m. - With the upcoming time change, SFD says it’s a good easy reminder when changing clocks to replace the batteries in smoke alarms.

Unattended cooking materials cause house fire

Nov. 2 at 1:19 p.m. - Investigators with the SFD's Special Investigation Unit say yesterday’s house fire was the result of unattended cooking materials left on the stove.


Spokane Fire stresses importance of working smoke detectors

Oct. 26 at 2:15 p.m. - With October being National Fire Prevention Month it is the perfect time to check on the age condition of your smoke alarms.

Restrictions lifted on outdoor recreational fires for City of Spokane

Oct. 3 at 2:37 p.m. - The burn restrictions for outdoor recreational fires are being lifted by order of the Spokane City Fire Marshal.


Occupants of north side home narrowly escape second floor fire

Sept. 25 at 8:43 a.m. - Crews from SFD were dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 2300 block of E. Everett Ave. in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood.

Spokane Fire & Police Departments Investigating Fatality Fire

Sept. 7 at 10:01 p.m. - The Spokane Fire and Spokane Police Departments continue to investigate the cause of a fatality fire in North Spokane.


Investigation continues in S. Maple house fire

Aug. 26 at 12:27 p.m. - Spokane Fire Department officials are investigating if squatters are responsible for starting a house fire.

Quick work by firefighters stops fire from causing further damage

Aug. 24 at 9:26 p.m. - Fire crews prevented a fire from destroying a house and causing further damage to the surrounding area. There were no injuries reported.

House fire displaces two residents and their pets

Aug. 19 at 7:03 p.m. - Fire crews were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 800 block of S. Freya St.

SFD responds to house fire and discovers hash oil explosion

Aug. 19 at 6:58 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department responded to a report of a residential structure fire in the 700 block of E. Ermina Ave.

Attic Fire Strikes Home in Logan Neighborhood

Aug. 15 at 5:49 a.m. - Last night just before 9 p.m. SFD responded to the 1600 block of E. Marietta Ave. for a reported residential structure fire.

Working smoke detector alerts sleeping occupant

Aug. 12 at 11:09 a.m. - SFD along with Spokane County Fire District 8 responded to the 3500 block of E. 48th Court for a reported residential structure fire.

#SpokaneStrong Neighborhood Safety Outreach Campaign Launches

Aug. 9 at 4:12 p.m. - The City of Spokane is partnering with Spokane C.O.P.S. to launch the #SpokaneStrong Neighborhood Safety outreach campaign.

Firefighters contain garage fire and limit damage to home

Aug. 5 at 6:48 a.m. - At 2:37 a.m., the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) responded to the 6000 block of North F Street for a report of an attached garage on fire.


Afternoon Fire Displaces Occupants and Their Dogs

July 31 at 10:03 p.m. - This afternoon, the Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the 1000 block of S. Pepper Tree Lane.

ATF, US Marshals and Spokane Fire Collaborate to Arrest Fugitive

July 29 at 11:42 a.m. - Florida Fugitive Responsible for Throwing Molotov Cocktails at Occupied Residence in Spokane’s East Side

SFD Stresses the Importance of Wearing a Personal Flotation Device

July 28 at 7:23 p.m. - Today’s successful water rescue serves as an excellent reminder for individuals to wear a personal flotation devices when recreating in water.

Fire Marshal Issues Restriction on Outdoor Recreational Fires for City

July 28 at 1:32 p.m. - Fire Marshal Issues Restrictions on Outdoor Recreational Fires for the City of Spokane

Prolific Arsonist Arrested by Spokane Fire and Police Yesterday

July 28 at 10:51 a.m. - Spokane Fire Investigators had been tracking minor fire activity since July 17th in the area of 2nd/Division

Yesterday's Apartment Fire Remains Under Investigation

July 21 at 2:35 p.m. - Yesterday morning just before 7 a.m., the Spokane Fire Department responded to an apartment fire located in the 1100 block of N. Walnut St.


Spokane Fire Department Extricates Trapped Patient

June 30 at 5:14 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department extricates a trapped patient after a head-on collision. Multiple patients were transported to local hospitals.

Spokane Fire Department Stresses Importance of Following Fireworks Ban

June 30 at 10:22 a.m. - The Spokane Fire Department is stressing thee importance of following the fireworks ban.

Firefighters Rescue Occupants After Vehicle Collision

June 25 at 8:56 a.m. - Fire crews rescue two occupants from a vehicle collision. Occupants suffer not life threatening injuries and are transported to local hospitals.

SPD And SFD Want To Remind Hoopfest Fans To Have Fun And Stay Safe

June 22 at 10:29 a.m. - The Spokane Police And Fire Departments Want To Remind Hoopfest Fans To Have Fun And Also Stay Safe

Firefighters Rescue Three Dogs After Alert Neighbors Report House Fire

June 16 at 5:04 p.m. - From 6/14/2016: Firefighters were able to rescue three dogs after alert neighbors called 9-1-1 to report smoke and a sounding smoke alarm.

Odor Forces Evacuation of Ferris High School

June 16 at 4:50 p.m. - From 6/10/2016: Ferris High School is evacuated after a reported odor disperses through the school. A total of 14 patients are evaluated.

SFD's CARES Team Bids Farewell to Seven Remarkable Student Volunteers

June 8 at 10:43 a.m. - The Spokane Fire Department congratulates seven graduating CARES Team student volunteers that made a positive impact in the Spokane community.

Fire causes extensive damage to restaurant

June 6 at 10:05 a.m. - A brush fire spread quickly to a restaurant on Nevada Street causing extensive damage.


City of Spokane Firefighter/Paramedic Honored at Lilac Luncheon

May 19 at 2:28 p.m. - City of Spokane Firefighter/Paramedic Jesse Ayotte was named Firefighter of the Year by the Spokane Lilac Association.

Unattended Cooking Materials Cause Residential Fire

May 16 at 10:36 a.m. - Yesterday’s residential fire in the 1500 block of E. Houghton Court serves as an important reminder to not leave cooking materials unattended.


Cause of north side fire suspicious

April 24 at 2:07 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department is investigating a suspicious house fire.

Crews to respond to mock crash Tuesday

April 18 at 9:39 a.m. - The Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Police Department, and other agencies will participate in a mock crash April 19 at Lewis & Clark High School.

Courageous kids climbing event filling up

April 9 at 11 a.m. - Reserve your spot for the Courageous Kids Climbing event on April 23.

Stain-soaked rags, paper towels cause fire

April 9 at 8:21 a.m. - Stain-soaked rags and paper towels left in a recycling bin accidentally started a fire that damaged a garage Friday evening.

Fire Damages North Side Apartment Building

April 6 at 3:32 p.m. - At 3:54 p.m. on April 5, the Fire Dispatch center received a 911 call for a fire at the Cedar Spring Estate IV apartments, 7808 N. Morton St.

Firefighters pull man from burning home

April 2 at 3:41 p.m. - A man trapped in a basement escaped serious injury when firefighters enlarged a window and helped him from his burning home.


Separate fires damage several structures

March 31 at 8:31 a.m. - Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of fires that severely damaged a South Hill commercial building and three north side garages.

Fires damage two apartment buildings, home

March 13 at 8:37 p.m. - No one injured by three separate morning fires.

Change your clocks and check your detectors

March 11 at 3:02 p.m. - Remember to check your detectors when you move your clocks forward.


No one injured by fires on opposite sides of city

Feb. 27 at 9:36 a.m. - Unrelated fires on opposite sides of the city damage a home and animal clinic.

Garage, shed and chicken coup damaged by fire

Feb. 26 at 8:34 a.m. - No one was injured by a backyard fire in northeast Spokane.

Fire extensively damages auto body shop

Feb. 19 at 1:23 p.m. - A Spokane auto body shop sustained extensive damage during a Thursday night fire.

Cause of north side fire under investigation

Feb. 9 at 6:21 p.m. - The cause of an afternoon fire at a north side home is under investigation.

Fire severely damages north side home

Feb. 7 at 9:21 p.m. - No one was injured by a fire that extensively damaged a north Spokane home early Sunday.


Crews battle two simultaneous structure fires

Jan. 25 at 3:51 p.m. - No one was injured by fires that damaged two homes Monday morning.

Electrical problem may be cause of fire

Jan. 23 at 5:55 a.m. - Two people were unhurt late Friday by a fire that damaged the basement of their north Spokane home.

House fire damages home's basement

Jan. 14 at 1:23 p.m. - A family of six escaped uninjured from a fire that damaged the basement of their home.