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Tire chains installed on Spokane fire trucks

Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams said chains were placed on the tires of fire trucks in advance of Monday’s storm.

He warned that people who use portable heaters should make sure they are at least three feet from combustible material. He also said residents should never use gasoline-fired devices inside their home.

On Monday morning, a home at 1923 E. 6th caught fire because of an electrical problem in the attic. Residents were heating the home with the oven.

“It appears it was overloading the electrical system,” Williams said.

People needing to unfreeze pipes should avoid open flames devices. He recommended using a hair dryer.

Williams also said drivers should make sure they have proper clothing and gear in case of a breakdown.

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Then and Now: Comstock Park

James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.