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Fireman injured by knife

Sat., April 7, 2012

A Spokane Valley firefighter was injured last week as crews worked to put out a mobile home fire in the 24800 block of East Trent Avenue on March 29, but the injury was not serious.

“A knife stabbed a firefighter in the knee,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. “He was crawling across the floor. It went through his turnout gear and into his knee. He needed stitches.”

The call for the fire came in at 3:46 p.m. and the cause is still undetermined. It caused an estimated $22,000 in damage to the mobile home and its contents, Clifford said.

Crews were called to an apartment building fire in the 9700 block of East Sixth Avenue at 12:43 p.m. on April 2. The fire started on the balcony of a third floor apartment, Clifford said, and spread into the attic.

Investigators believe the fire may have started when someone dropped a cigarette on a mop on the balcony, Clifford said. Several families were displaced from their apartments because of fire damage, which could top $150,000.

Firefighters also put out a brush fire on Sullivan Road just south of Wellesley Avenue on Tuesday afternoon that got as big as 150 feet by 150 feet, Clifford said. Several kids had found lighters belonging to their parents and were using them to set weeds on fire and then stomp out the flames. “They lit a little too much and couldn’t stomp it out,” he said. “The weeds right there are pretty tall.”

Among the 200 calls during the week of March 29 to Wednesday were 158 EMS calls. Fifteen car accidents were reported, including one near Pines Road and Marietta Avenue on March 29 that caused an unbelted passenger to be ejected. “It was a high-speed collision, with one vehicle being tipped on its side,” Clifford said. The two people taken to the hospital in the incident did not have life-threatening injuries, he said.

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