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Thousands of calls and 43 years later, fire Capt. Greg Borg ready to hang up uniform

For 43 years, Spokane Fire Department Capt. Greg Borg, 68, has answered the call –actually thousands of calls.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Could a megafire similar to those menacing California erupt in Spokane? Expert says ‘It’s just a matter of time’

Washington and the rest of the Pacific Northwest have been dealing with an increasingly extended and costly fire season – spurred by rising temperatures due to climate change. This year …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 7:34 p.m.

Man who died after SUV fell from High Drive died from gunshot; death ruled suicide

The driver of an SUV that plunged down a High Drive embankment on Spokane’s South Hill earlier this week died by suicide.


Spokane County deputies, area fire departments team up to bring new medic helicopter to the sky

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the Spokane Fire Department and the Spokane Valley Fire Department to staff a new rescue helicopter with paramedics, which will allow …


Body recovered Friday morning from the Spokane River near Peaceful Valley

A boater discovered a body Friday morning in the Spokane River.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 8:09 a.m.

Early morning house fire injures two firefighters and left a dozen people displaced

At about 2:15 a.m., Spokane firefighters arrived to the home at 111 E. Sinto Ave. as heavy smoke and flames poured from the building. Tenants would later tell firefighters they …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Driver flees troopers at 115 mph, crashes at downtown Spokane exit

A freeway traffic stop turned into a Hollywood-style vehicle crash Friday morning when a car took out a tree, traffic sign and power pole before jumping several feet into the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Woman dies in Hillyard apartment fire

A woman was killed early Friday in an apartment fire in Hillyard.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 5:54 p.m.

Woman charged with vehicular homicide jailed on shoplifting, bail jumping charges

For the second time this year, a woman accused of killing two people with her car and injuring a third is back in jail after failing to follow court mandated …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 9:04 p.m.

Driver flees after crashing into sedan in downtown Spokane

A woman was hospitalized and a driver is at large after a hit-and-run crash Tuesday afternoon in downtown Spokane.


Spokane’s newest deputy fire chief ready to help

Coming from a county in Virginia whose eastern edge rubs against the nation’s capitol, Spokane Fire Department’s newest deputy fire chief is used to the rain. Lots of rain. And …


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Fire destroys home in Liberty Lake; garages burn in East Central

Fire heavily damages three garages A fast-moving fire in East Central damaged three garages Sunday afternoon.


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Equipment dealer, farmer snap up fire trucks at Spokane Fire Department auction

The Spokane Fire Department sold six vehicles at an auction Saturday morning, with five going to Cheney man who intends to sell them for parts and one going to a …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Five face discipline as city wraps investigation of bullying and hazing within Spokane Fire Department

The city of Spokane will discipline five firefighters after concluding its investigation into allegations of harassment and bullying at Spokane Fire Department Station 2.


Woman accused of Hillyard double vehicular homicide back out of jail after posting $50,000 bond twice

A woman accused of killing two people with her vehicle last year and then jumping bond is back out of jail after posting more money.


Spokane City Council steps in to slow push toward combined 911 center

The unanimous panel granted themselves approval authority over any additional steps to combine dispatch duties for emergency responders. The council had previously grilled members of Mayor David Condon’s administration about …


UPDATED: Sun., July 8, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Man drowns in Spokane River Sunday

A man drowned Sunday afternoon when Spokane police say he entered the river and was not able to stay afloat.


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

11 people, multiple pets escape house fire near Gonzaga; arson investigation underway

An early-morning house fire in north Spokane that displaced 11 people is being investigated as arson.


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

One dead, two injured after guided white water raft capsizes on Spokane River at Bowl and Pitcher

One person died and two were injured when a guided-tour raft overturned Tuesday afternoon on the Spokane River near the Bowl and Pitcher area of Riverside State Park.


UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

Man injured after leaping from moving freight train near Browne’s Addition

A man was injured Sunday afternoon when police say he jumped from a moving freight train near an overpass in Browne’s Addition.


UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Man arrested after domestic violence call leads to house fire

Police arrested a man Saturday evening who is under suspicion of deliberately setting his house on fire during a violent altercation with his girlfriend.


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

Retired Spokane firefighter killed in ultralight aircraft crash on Snake River

A retired Spokane firefighter was killed early Wednesday morning after authorities say he crashed his ultralight airplane on the Snake River.


UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

One hospitalized in Seattle following apartment fire on Spokane’s lower South Hill

One person remains hospitalized after an apartment fire Friday on the lower South Hill.


Plan to combine Spokane’s regional 911 call response draws rebuke from police, fire and clerical workers

Combining efforts to dispatch police and firefighters to incidents across the region could speed up response times and free up money in those departments for other efforts, city officials say. …


Spokane’s first black firefighter dealt with racist harassment for years on the force

Lawrence Goncalves stood inside the large bay doors of the Spokane Fire Department’s Station 1 and looked around. Somehow, even 30 years after his departure, things looked remarkably similar. “Back …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Fire crews unable to recover woman’s body from raging Spokane River

Spokane firefighters tried for several hours Tuesday morning to recover the body of a woman who reportedly jumped from the Monroe Street Bridge. Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the call …


Report finds harassment, bullying by 5 Spokane firefighters; accused push back on allegations

A 40-page report filed by the city’s Human Resources Department last month details allegations of verbal and sexual harassment by former leaders of the Spokane Fire Department’s Fire Station No. …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

City investigates bullying among employees of Spokane Fire Department

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer responded Tuesday to allegations of bullying, sexual harassment and hazing within the department that were exposed recently in a lengthy investigative report.


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 9:05 a.m.

Owner of charred Shogun Restaurant: ‘We have to rebuild’

Shogan owner Joseph Lee vows to rebuild his popular restaurant.


UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Police locate vehicle that plunged into Spokane River; no one believed to be inside

Spokane police don’t think anyone is inside a car that plunged into the Spokane River Saturday near Mission Park.