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Crews tackle variety of fires

A mix of fires kept crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department busy the week of Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, including a doghouse fire and an attic fire that was probably caused by a wood stove.

The attic fire in the 900 block of North Vista Road was reported just after 4 p.m. Feb. 2. Four residents were able to get out of the home without injury. Crews found fire in the attic and the garage when they arrived.

The fire is believed to have started in the area where the wood stove chimney entered the attic, said assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford. The fire caused $25,000 in damage and the residents were assisted by the Red Cross.

Firefighters arrived at the 200 block of South Long Road just after 3 a.m. on Jan. 31 to find a fairly large doghouse on fire in the backyard. “I don’t believe there were any critters in the doghouse at the time of the fire,” he said.

Clifford said the department didn’t do an official investigation but he suspects the fire was caused by a heat lamp or space heater.

An illegal fire was reported in the 6800 block of East 11th Avenue at 11:02 a.m. on Feb. 2.

“They had been doing a remodel on a house and the workers had an 8-by-10 construction debris fire at the back of the house with nobody around,” he said. Such fires are illegal, Clifford said. “They have to haul their construction debris off site.”

A pickup truck burned near an apartment building in the 12400 block of East Mansfield Avenue on Feb. 2. Firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to the adjacent building, Clifford said.

Crews responded to a total of 231 calls during the week, including 183 emergency medical service calls. There were 17 car accidents reported but only two people required trips to the hospital.

Firefighters also freed a child who got her arm stuck in some playground equipment at University Elementary on Jan. 31. She was not injured.