Tour Commander, 509.625.7100
Friday, February 4, 2022 at 9:26 a.m.
At 4:23 pm on the night of February 3, 2022, Firecom received a 911 call of a reported apartment fire. Crews were on scene within 3 minutes and found that a ground-level apartment was well involved in fire.
Crews worked quickly in fighting the fire and conducting searches for victims in the structure in challenging weather conditions. The fire was quickly brought under control by an aggressive fire attack from the first engine on the scene. Several other crews worked in unison to ensure there were no civilians in the structure and that the fire had not extended into other portions of the eight-unit apartment.
One civilian who was driving by stopped and attempted to help a resident in the apartment of origin. The tenant and civilian were able to get to safety outside the structure. The civilian who tried to help was met with extreme fire and smoke conditions and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The tenant was displaced due to the fire and was placed in the care of Red Cross.
An investigator from the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigations Unit remained on the scene to determine the origin and cause of the fire.
Educational Message: Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen (NFPA). Stay alert and in the kitchen when frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food. Keep things that can catch on fire away from the stovetop. Maintain a 3 foot, kid and pet-free zone around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared.