March 22, 2012 in Region

NW Today: Home burns in northeast Spokane

From staff reports
Courtesy of Spokane Valley Fire Department photo

Spokane Valley firefighters responded to a garage fire at 6518 E. Seventh Ave. early this morning, March 22, 2012.
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The Red Cross was assisting residents of a home at 1602 E. Mallon Ave., which was rendered uninhabitable following a Wednesday night fire.

Some 24 firefighters from Spokane Fire Department responded around 6 p.m. to the 600-square-foot wood-frame structure. The fire was confined to the kitchen area, with a small amount of damage to the attic, a news release from the fire department said.

There were no injuries, but the house was uninhabitable. Spokane Fire Department investigators determined that unattended cooking caused the fire. Damage was valued at about $20,000.

Garage fire in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley firefighters responded to a garage fire at 6518 E. Seventh Ave. just after 4 a.m. today.

Dispatchers received a call reporting flames coming from a detached two-car garage. Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to the home. The home sustained minor heat damage, a news release from Spokane Valley Fire Department said.

The homeowner was safe outside and no injuries were reported. The homeowner has insurance and denied assistance from the American Red Cross.

Fire investigators are determining the cause and estimating the damages, the release said.

Numerous collisions reported this morning

The Washington State Patrol reported numerous collisions this morning as wet snow and slush covered the roadways.

Injuries were reported from several of the accidents, but the extent was unknown.

The accidents included a two-car head-on collision around 9:15 a.m. about a mile southwest of Newport, a car colliding with a semi around 8 a.m. about 2 miles east of Medical Lake, and numerous earlier accidents on Interstate 90.

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