Fire causes major structural damage to parking garage

Cause remains under investigation

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:18 p.m.

Fire investigators with the Spokane Fire Department’s Special Investigation Unit are working to determine the cause of a fire that damaged an under-construction parking garage.

Last night just after 10 p.m., the Spokane Fire Department responded to S. McClellan St. and S. Bernard St. on a reported fire in a parking garage. Firefighters arrived to find a very difficult to access, well-established fire on the third floor of the structure, where furniture and finish materials for the nearby under-construction hotel were being stored.

The first arriving crew immediately requested additional resources and attempted to attack the fire. The large fire load developed enough heat to damage the structure to the point that interior firefighting had to be discontinued due to intermittent partial ceiling collapses.

There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.

The fire caused major structural damage to the concrete parking structure along with all of the contents. Anyone with information about the fire can call 509-625-7000 so the information can be forwarded to fire investigators.