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Man found along road seriously hurt

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews helped a 24-year-old man apparently thrown from a moving car on East Crown Avenue just east of Evergreen Road the evening of March 22.

The vehicle involved in the incident apparently left before firefighters arrived, said assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford. “He had life-threatening injuries,” Clifford said.

The incident is under investigation, said Spokane Valley Police Department spokesman Craig Chamberlin. “We’re not sure if the guy was run over or what the circumstances were,” he said. “We’re still trying to figure out the players.”

The man, whom police are not identifying, is in critical condition at a local hospital, Chamberlin said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Lyle Johnston at (509) 477-3191.

That was one of 261 calls received the week of March 21 to 27. Crews saw a spike in the number of medical calls, to 214, Clifford said. Usually the number of EMS calls is closer to 180. There was no clear cause for the increase, Clifford said.

The department’s hoses and water were useless at one fire reported in the Spokane Valley Industrial Park at 7:22 a.m. on March 22. The fire at Spokane Industries involved magnesium, which must be smothered, Clifford said. Crews shoveled dirt or sand on top of the fire to put it out. “It was covered to smother it and was just allowed to burn out,” he said.

Crews responded to seven illegal yard waste fires during the week. There has been a surge in the number of such illegal fires in recent weeks as the warming weather allows people to work in their yards.

There were 16 car accidents reported during the week. Firefighters freed two children accidentally locked inside a car at the Spokane Valley Mall and also responded to a vehicle that hit a fire hydrant in the 13200 block of East Trent Avenue and became high-centered on it.

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