June 7, 2014 in Washington Voices

Lightning starts fires in Spokane Valley

By The Spokesman-Review

This week’s turbulent weather created a few emergency calls for the Spokane Valley Fire Department. There were two reports of downed power lines and two lightning strikes.

On Monday lightning hit a house in the 7600 block of East Sixth Lane. Firefighters responded to put water on a few “smoldering areas,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford.

The second lighting strike started a grass fire in the 200 block of South Conklin Road the same day. The fire burned an area of about 10-by-20 feet, Clifford said.

Other calls from May 27 to June 4

May 31: Crews responded to a fire at 212 N. Altamont St. in Spokane for mutual aid.

June 3: A fire investigator responded to a fire at 11520 S. Starr Road in Rockford.

June 4: Firefighters assisted Fire District 8 with a fire at 9925 S. Big Rock Lane.

By the numbers: Firefighters responded to 248 calls from May 27 to June 4, including 204 emergency medical services calls. Other calls included four small electrical fires, four illegal yard debris fires and 15 car accidents.

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