Tour Commander, 509.625.7100
Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 8:47 a.m.
At approximately 1543 hours on Wednesday, the Spokane Fire Department and automatic aid resources from Fire District 9 responded to the 6300 N block of Altamont St. on a report of a possible house fire. Initial reports from Fire Communication stated a 911 caller reporting dark smoke billowing from the front door of a neighboring duplex. Once crews arrived on scene, moderate smoke and fire was found coming from the front door of a duplex. The fire was immediately upgraded to ensure additional resources responded to deal with the expanding incident. Spokane Tower 2 and Spokane Engine 15 quickly made entry into the structure to begin a coordinated fire attack and search of the residence to ensure all occupants were safely out. The residents were not at home at the time of the fire, but the search crew found an unconscious dog in the fire room. The fire was contained to two rooms and extinguished within 10 minutes after arrival. Six fire apparatus along with 20 firefighters responded to fight the fire. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported. The dog was removed from the duplex, administered oxygen and transported to the Pet Emergency Clinic by SFD personnel. The cause of the fire is under investigations by the Spokane Fire Special Investigation Unit.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen (NFPA).Stay alert, and in the kitchen, when you are 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 being prepared.