Seven structure fires reported

The week of March 10 through 16 was fairly busy for the Spokane Valley Fire Department, responding to 235 calls. On average, it responds to around 200 in a week.

There were seven reported structure fires. On March 11 at 2:15 a.m., they responded to a residential fire at 17418 E. Main St. The two people and three dogs all made it out of the building safe, said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford.Investigators suspect the cause was electrical and accidental. Damage was estimated at $25,000.

The department also assisted Fire District 8 in a fully engulfed shed fire on March 12 at 4403 S. Dishman Road. The other jurisdiction is in charge of the investigation.

There were five reported motor vehicle fires, one of which was a school bus at Skyview Elementary, 16924 E. Wellesley Ave. School staff members extinguished the fire and no one was hurt.

There was one brush fire. Someone was burning construction debris, which is illegal. Clifford said the responders educated the person burning.

There were 13 reported building alarms, all false alarms or burned food.

The department also responded to 189 emergency medical service calls.

There were two hazmat calls and 13 reported motor vehicle collisions. Of those collisions, four people were hospitalized and several people were treated at the scene.

The four service calls included assisting entrance into a building, shutting off a water leak, a child locked inside a vehicle and a homeowner locked out of their house.

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