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Fire roundup: Three-car crash, illegal burn among reports

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to several calls from July 2 to July 8 that involved a three-car crash near Valleyway Avenue and Sullivan Road as well as unauthorized burning reports.

Firefighters responded to a call at 1:10 p.m. July 2 reporting a three-car collision at the 15500 block of East Valleyway Avenue. A 63-year-old man driving a Jaguar T-boned a truck that subsequently struck a third car. The 81-year-old truck driver and a 55-year-old woman driving the third vehicle were both transported to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Fire crews responded to a report of unauthorized burning around 1:15 p.m. July 4 on the 1700 block of North Bessie Lane. A complainant reported seeing smoke behind a building. An occupant of a duplex was burning grass and weeds, but extinguished the fire before crews arrived to the scene.

Crews responded to a second unauthorized burning call around 8 p.m. on July 7 at the 3200 block of South University Road. When crews arrived on the scene, they found a group of teenagers standing around a campfire pit at an apartment complex. The teenagers were using scrap wood to burn a 6-inch tall fire. Crews informed the group it is illegal to burn scrap wood on someone else’s property and extinguished the fire.

Other calls July 2-8

July 2: Crews responded to a report around 3:40 a.m. of a commercial fire at a retirement home on the 13000 block of East Mission Avenue. Upon arrival, crews found there wasn’t an evacuation in progress and the fire, which originated from towels in a clothes dryer, had been extinguished. Crews reset the fire alarm and ventilated the building.

July 4: Firefighters responded to a call at 4:30 p.m. that involved a one-car collision on the 7800 block of East Upriver Drive. A 68-year-old woman was driving a car while distracted by a cellphone and hit a power pole. She was estimated to be traveling 35 to 40 miles per hour. The woman was wearing a seat belt, and the vehicle’s airbags deployed. A reporting party said the woman got out of the car and was walking around after the accident, but then collapsed on the ground. The woman was transported to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

July 5: Firefighters around 2 p.m. responded to a fire in the woods near 2400 S. Zephyr Road. There were reports of abundant smoke in trees on a hill behind Liberty Lake. Eight fire and brush trucks responded to the scene along with air patrol, who were successful in extinguishing the brush fire with water drops from the air. Crews found an unattended campfire, which is believed to be the cause of the fire. The fire is under investigation by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

July 6: Crews about 12:30 a.m. responded to a report of a firework explosion on the 1800 block of South Glenn Road. When crews arrived to the scene, they found the person who reported the fire waiting in a car, who said they were driving by and saw lots of smoke coming out of two port-a-potties. Crews didn’t see anyone in the area, but found one port-a-potty with damage to the interior. They reported the incident to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

July 7: Firefighters around 8:50 a.m. responded to an apartment lockout on the 9700 block of East Sixth Avenue. A woman was locked out of her third-floor apartment, with two young children inside the apartment. Crews used a 24-foot ladder to gain entry to the apartment and were able to unlock the door and let the woman back in. The children were fine.

July 8: An apartment resident called firefighters just before 5 a.m. reporting his upstairs neighbor had the water running for several hours above his unit on the 13300 block of East Mission Avenue. Crews accessed the upstairs apartment and found water overflowing in the bathtub, while the occupant was asleep. Crews shut off the water.

By the numbers: The Spokane Valley Fire Department during the week of July 2-8 responded to 350 calls, including 30 fire calls, 14 alarm system responses, 268 emergency medical service calls, one extrication, three water rescues, one rescue task force call, five hazardous material investigation calls, 21 motor vehicle accident calls and seven service calls.