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Spokane Valley Fire crews see spike in calls

Sat., Sept. 8, 2012

The Spokane Valley Fire Department didn’t respond to many unusual calls in the week ending Wednesday, but there were a lot of them. Crews responded to 222 calls, which is about 20 more than normal.

The most significant fire reported during the week was caused by a cigarette that someone tried to put out in a plastic planter in the 7200 block of East Eighth Avenue on Monday. “We’ve had several of those this year,” said assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford. The fire caused an estimated $4,000 in damage.

For the second week in a row an unattended campfire started a brush fire in the Dishman Hills. The fire was reported at 9:49 a.m. on Sept. 1 and burned a quarter of an acre before firefighters doused it, Clifford said. Campfires are an ongoing problem in that area, Clifford said. “Transients, probably, or kids up there,” he said.

A suspicious Dumpster fire was reported in the 3200 block of North Eden Road on Wednesday.

Firefighters also responded to 17 car accidents. The most serious was a head-on collision involving a pickup truck and a minivan in the 6500 block of East Sprague Avenue the evening of Aug. 31. One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and two others were treated at the scene, Clifford said.

There were 176 EMS calls during the week and one child accidentally locked inside a car.

Crews also responded to the officer-involved shooting at 1309 N. Skipworth Court on Wednesday. Firefighters found police officers performing CPR on the suspect and trying to stop the bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds, Clifford said. The man was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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