Indian Hills Residence Fire

Tour Commander, 509.625.7100

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 2:24 p.m.

At approximately 11:23 pm on Thursday, May 20, the Spokane Fire Department, along with automatic aid partner Fire District 9, responded to the 5600 Block of West Nadine Court in the Indian Trail neighborhood on a report of a possible house fire. Initial reports from Spokane Fire Communications stated multiple calls describing explosions with flames visible from an attached residential garage. Fire units arrived to find a large single family 1 ½ story residence heavily involved in fire. Spokane Fire Ladder 1 and Engine 16 quickly made entry into the structure and began a coordinated fire attack and search of the structure to ensure all occupants were safely out. Simultaneously, crews were sent to the roof to ventilate the structure to improve conditions and remove heat. The initial fire attack crews had to contend with a fully involved vehicle in the front yard as well as a tremendous amount of fire emanating from the garage. Engine 16 was able to knock down the exterior fire and make entry to the second floor of the home where they finished extinguishing the fire. The fire was contained within 20 minutes after arrival. The presence of hazardous materials and a propane tank hampered initial operations.   9 fire apparatus along with 28 firefighters responded to fight the fire.  One firefighter was transported to the hospital with a minor injury, no other injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported. 

Probable Cause:

?The cause of the fire is under investigations by the Spokane Fire Special Investigation Unit.  

Damage Extent:

?Significant damage to the garage and second floor. Fire damage to the structural members of the roof to include ventilation holes cut in the roof by the SFD. The house sustained heavy heat and smoke damage throughout.  

# FF Responding: 28

Dollar Loss: $300000

Smoke Alarm: Alerted

Mutual Aid: Fire District 9

Other Agencies Responding: American Medical Response, Avista Utilities

Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half (NFPA). Smoke alarms should be installed in every room used for sleeping, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Test your smoke alarm once a month. Make sure everyone in your home understands the sound the smoke alarm makes, and knows what to do when activated.