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RV fire under investigation

Sat., March 2, 2013, midnight

Business was steady but largely uneventful for Spokane Valley Fire Department crews the week of Feb. 21-27. The largest fire reported was an RV in the parking lot of St. John Vianney Catholic Church on Monday evening.

It was an older RV with no insurance, said assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford. The cause has yet to be determined and the fire is still under investigation.

The fire department responded to a call about the same RV, then in the 10900 block of East 11th Avenue, on Feb. 22, Clifford said. The caller had reported the smell of gasoline. “We could see that they were having some mechanical issues with it,” he said.

It appeared that it was being worked on, but then it turned up in a different location two days later on fire. “That’s why it’s under investigation,” Clifford said. “There are a lot of weird situations with it.”

Other fire calls during the week included a couple of chimney fires, burning food on top of a stove and a burned up furnace motor.

Crews also responded to a broken water line that was flooding an apartment, and a propane tank dumped on the side of the road. There were seven car crashes reported and two people were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. There were 175 emergency medical services calls among the 220 calls received during the week.

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