July 28, 2012 in Washington Voices

Fire responds to great number of calls

By The Spokesman-Review
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The number of calls received by the Spokane Valley Fire Department was much higher than normal again for the week of July 19-25, but there were no major fires among the 281 responses.

Firefighters responded twice for small kitchen fires caused by food left on the stove. Another call was for a towing sign set on fire on the side of an apartment complex in the 2200 block of North Houk Road. Flammable materials stored in a utility trailer caught fire in the 14400 block of East 32nd Avenue on Wednesday and a small arson fire was reported in the 10400 block of East Sharp Avenue on July 21. “Somebody set fire to a shrub which spread to a fence,” said assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford.

There were three calls for downed power lines, three calls for vehicle fires and 215 EMS calls. The department also received a call reporting an unknown substance on the ground at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday in the 11300 block of East Springfield Avenue. “This one was kind of strange,” Clifford said. “It just ended up being water.”

Firefighters found a water bottle on the ground next to wet pavement. Clifford said he’s not sure why the person who called it in as a possible hazardous substance was worried about it.

“People are so freaked out about meth labs,” he said. “Who knows, maybe they thought it was something from that.”

The department’s arson dog, Mako, was called out to help investigate fires in Airway Heights and Pinehurst, Idaho.

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