Cause Of Fire Determined Accidental
AC Brian Schaeffer #509-625-7002
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 5:04 p.m.
Firefighters were able to rescue three dogs after alert neighbors called 9-1-1 to report smoke and a sounding smoke alarm. The cause of fire was determined to be accidental.
On June 14, 2016 at :57 p.m., the Spokane Fire Department and the Spokane Valley Fire Department (through an automatic aid agreement) responded to a reported structure fire in the 3900 block of E. Montgomery Avenue after alert neighbors called 9-1-1 advising smoke was coming from a residence. The neighbors reported that the home was locked, but a smoke detector could be heard alarming inside.
The first arriving fire company immediately forced entry into the single-family residence and began to search for any possible victims. Crews did not locate any occupants, but were able to successfully rescue three dogs.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent it from causing further damage. The fire was contained to the main floor, kitchen and living room. The total damage amount is still being tabulated, but initial estimates are $20,000.
The Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation determined the cause of the fire to be accidental and that the origin was a stovetop.