Tour Commander, 509.625.7100
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 10:53 a.m.
On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at approximately 6:25 PM, the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) responded to the 1900 block of East South Riverton Ave. on a report of smoke in an apartment. Engine 2 and ARU 15, first on the scene, reported smoke coming from a second-floor apartment. Command upgraded the incident to a "working fire" to ensure additional resources responded to deal with the potential for an expanding incident.
Firefighters from Engine 2 and Tower 2 quickly entered the structure to begin a coordinated fire attack. At the same time, other crews assisted with the ventilation of the structure to improve conditions and remove heat. Simultaneously, crews were sent to the adjoining residences to ensure the fire did not extend into other apartments. The fire was contained to a bathroom and extinguished within 5 minutes after arrival.
Ten fire apparatus along with 31 firefighters responded to fight the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the SFD Special Investigation Unit (SIU).
MEDIA Educational Message: 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.