Easter Morning Garage Fire

Tour Commander, 509.625.7100

Monday, April 13, 2020 at 3:47 p.m.

Just before 7:30 am on Sunday, April 12, 2020, units from the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) were dispatched to a structure fire at 2027 W Riverside Ave. SFD dispatchers received a call reporting a garage fire threatening to extend to nearby apartments. First arriving crews were on scene within 2 minutes of dispatch.

Units arrived to find fire on the exterior and in the attic space of a 2-story detached garage with a second floor living space. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and keep it from significantly progressing to the living space within or to other nearby apartments. 

The garage ultimately sustained fire damage to the exterior siding and attic space along with significant smoke damage throughout the living space and garage. Crews remained on scene for several hours to search for any hidden fire, ensure complete extinguishment, and establish a cause.  

The SFD Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigated the fire and determined the cause to be discarded smoking materials (accidental). The total value of the building is estimated at $50,000 with damage to the structure and contents approximated at $20,000. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters as a result of this fire.