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Valley firefighters kept busy with vehicle crashes

It was a mix of car crashes, vehicle fires and a brush fire that kept firefighters from the Spokane Valley Fire Department busy the week of Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.

Crews were called to a single car rollover accident near Highway 27 and Ranch Park Lane the evening of Jan. 28. Witnesses said the car swerved and rolled three times, ejecting the driver, said Bill Clifford, assistant fire marshal. The woman driving received serious injuries, he said. “It was a pretty severe crash.”

Two people riding an all-terrain vehicle near Trent Avenue and Starr Road on Feb. 1 received minor injuries when they crashed. They were not wearing helmets, Clifford said.

A cooking fire was reported in the 9700 block of East Sixth Avenue just after 5 p.m. on Jan. 28. Someone left a pan on the stove, but luckily the fire didn’t spread, Clifford said. “It didn’t really extend up to the cabinets,” he said. “That could have gone somewhere, but it didn’t, which was good.”

Six vehicle fires were reported during the week – a higher than normal number – but most sounded worse than they were. “A few of those were overheated motors,” he said. An STA bus driver called for help in the 13400 block of East Sprague Avenue at 5:47 p.m. on Feb. 2. No fire was found but there was a bad electrical smell. The bus was towed away, Clifford said.

But not all the calls were so easy. “We had a fully involved Ford Explorer,” Clifford said. Firefighters found the Explorer aflame in the 9900 block of East Trent Ave., at 6:46 p.m. on Jan. 30. The driver told firefighters he had been having transmission problems. There was significant fire and heat damage to the interior, Clifford said.

The week was rounded out with 170 EMS calls and one illegal fire. “They were burning yard waste in the backyard, and they were asked to extinguish the fire,” he said.