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Boy hit by car avoids major harm

Sat., Feb. 16, 2013

The number of calls to the Spokane Valley Fire Department dropped the week of Feb. 7-13 after being above normal for several weeks. Firefighters responded to 208 calls, most of them minor.

A 4-year-old boy was hit by a car in the 1400 block of North McDonald Road just after noon on Feb. 7. Witnesses told firefighters that the boy darted out in the street before being hit. The driver of the car was cradling the boy in his arms when firefighters arrived, said Bill Clifford, assistant fire marshal.

The boy appeared to only have cuts and bruises but was taken to the hospital as a precaution, he said. “It didn’t appear that he was too injured,” he said.

There wasn’t a parent around when the boy was hit, but police were able to track down a family member, Clifford said.

A passer-by reported seeing smoke coming from the eaves of a garage in the 13600 block of East 12th Avenue just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. “They had to force the front garage door,” Clifford said.

The home had recently been taken over by a bank and was empty, Clifford said. Some wooden floors had just been varnished and workers left a pile of varnish covered rags in the garage, he said. The rags ignited and started the fire, which caused $2,000 in damage, Clifford said.

Other calls during the week included a couple of illegal outside fires, a chimney fire and smoke caused by candles left on top of a wood stove that melted. Crews responded to 168 emergency medical services calls and 11 car accidents.

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