Spokane Valley fire crews didn’t have far to go to put out a fire just after 11 p.m. Monday. It was in their own kitchen.
Crew members from Station 6 on the west end of Spokane Valley near Sprague Avenue and Interstate 90 were returning from a call when they heard a smoke alarm, said assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford. Black smoke and flames were spotted in the kitchen, and the crew put the fire out with a fire extinguisher. An additional crew was called in to help make sure the blaze was out.
The fire, which caused $5,000 damage, was traced to a malfunctioning dishwasher that had apparently been subject to a recall.
The fire had spread to the countertop before it was discovered. Fire crews moved to another station for the day while cleaning crews worked on carpets and furniture, Clifford said.