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Spokane Valley fire roundup: Woman thrown after vehicle clips her motorized wheelchair

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to several calls involving a pedestrian accident, several brush fires and unauthorized burning reports.

On Aug. 24, a vehicle clipped a motorized wheelchair ridden by a 45-year-old woman while it was crossing the street on the 12300 block of East Valleyway Avenue. The woman was thrown to the ground, and a bystander helped her up before the arrival of firefighters. The woman was transported to the hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. The Washington State Patrol was also on the scene.

Firefighters on Aug. 25 were called to the 10400 block of East Springfield Avenue about 7:45 p.m. for a report of unauthorized burning. When crews arrived at the scene, they found a homeowner attempting to burn a tree stump. Crews informed the resident of the burn ban as well as poor air quality and extinguished the fire.

Other calls Aug. 20-26

Aug 22: Crews responded to the 1200 block of North Fancher Road about 10 a.m. to a report of burning grass. A commercial truck had a mechanical issue and sent sparks into a patch of grass near the intersection of Sharp Avenue and Fancher Road. The truck driver used an extinguisher to put out the fire, which was 10 feet in diameter. Fire crews ensured the fire was completely out.

Aug 23: Firefighters were called to the 8900 block of East Trent Avenue about 10 p.m. for a report of an outside fire. When crews arrived at the scene, they found a plastic gas can in a parking lot. A vehicle pulled up to fire crews and provided them with a description of two people that started the fire, which had occurred during a verbal argument. The investigator determined the fire was caused by a flammable liquid that was poured on the parking lot and lit on fire.

Aug 24: Fire crews responded to a report of a punctured gas line about 8:40 a.m. on the 9100 block of East Broadway Avenue. Firefighters were assigned to evacuate homes in the area, but Avista Utilities was able to shut off the gas line. The evacuated homeowners were allowed to return to their homes.

Aug. 25: Crews responded to a cooking fire in an apartment about 8 p.m. on the 10800 block of East Third Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters were told an elderly lady was still in the apartment. The fire originated from a pan, which was removed from the stove burner. However, crews found the burner was still switched on, so they turned off the stove and used a fan to clear smoke out of the apartment.

By the numbers: The Spokane Valley Fire Department during the week of Aug. 20-26 responded to 304 calls, including 25 fire calls, six alarm system responses, 246 emergency medical service calls, four hazardous material investigations, 22 motor vehicle collisions and one service call.


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