March 11, 2010 in City

Barney’s foods fire blamed on overheated roaster

The Spokesman-Review
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Firefighters confer outside Barney’s, a grocery store in Spokane Valley on Thursday, March 11, 2010. The store’s coffee roaster overheated and sent smoke through the store, but the fire was quickly extinguished.
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A coffee roaster overheated about 10 a.m. this morning, sending smoke throughout Barney’s Harvest Foods on Dishman-Mica Road.

Firefighters from Spokane Valley and Fire District No. 8 responded to make sure that the fire did not get into the structure at 11205 E. Dishman-Mica Road.

The roaster sent smoke from a flue into the store, which was closed to customers pending a food safety check from the Spokane Regional Health Department, said Fire Marshal Kevin Miller.

Miller said the store had a light haze inside.

Three fire engines, a rescue fire truck and other staff responded. About 20 firefighters went to the scene.

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