Tour Commander, 509.625.7100
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 5:46 p.m.
The Spokane Fire Department (SFD) responded to a residential fire in the 3500 block of E Jackson this morning just after 11:00AM. Numerous SFD units were conducting training at the nearby SFD training center so arrived minutes after dispatch.
SFD crews arrived to heavy fire and smoke from the roof and rear of a single family one story residence. The fire was consuming an attached porch on the rear of the house and extending to a travel trailer parked along the back side of the house.
Firefighters initiated a fast multi pronged coordinated attack on the fire while searching the home for occupants and ventilating the large volumes of smoke. Additional crews extended water lines to protect neighboring homes. Two adult residents were home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury.
There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters as a result of the fire.
The home suffered extensive structural damage. The travel trailer was a total loss. The total estimated loss is $150,000.
The incident was investigated by SFD’s Special Investigation Unit. Cause is believed to be an overheated oscillating fan on the back porch.
In a house fire, we encourage everyone to get out and stay out. Never go back in your home. Call 911 from the meeting place in front of your residence and wait for the firefighters to arrive.
SFD wants to remind the community to test your smoke alarms at least monthly. Replace alarms when they are ten years old, or no longer respond when tested. Know the power source of your smoke alarm. If it has batteries, change them at least annually.
As with many programs in our community, COVID-19 has impacted the SFD Smoke Alarm Install Program operations. If you are a homeowner, and unable to purchase smoke alarms, contact the SFD Community Risk Reduction Team at 509-625-7058. At this time we are compiling a waiting list and will resume ongoing installs once advised it is safe to do so.
If you have questions about home fire safety or smoke alarms, contact the SFD Community Risk Reduction Office at 509-625-7058.