A fire in north Spokane on Friday afternoon claimed the lives of several pets and caused severe damage to a home.
Crews were called to 1311 E. Sanson Ave. about 4 p.m. by a passer-by who saw smoke coming from the house, said Spokane Fire Battalion Chief Ken Kirsch.
The resident of the home was at work at the time of the fire, but about five dogs and four cats died, Kirsch said. Firefighters revived a cat at the scene.
“They were giving (the) cat oxygen and he just slowly came around,” Kirsch said. The pet was taken for emergency veterinary care.
Spokane County records indicate that the two-story home, which was built in 1909, is owned by Kevin Hoffnagle.
The blaze is believed to have started when material placed too close to a portable electric heater caught fire, Kirsch said.
There was extensive damage to the living room and heat and smoke damage throughout the first floor, Kirsch said.
Food bank receives Carson Mortgage gift
Two days before Christmas, the Post Falls Food Bank received a boost with a $2,000 donation from Carson Mortgage Capital.
“The Post Falls Food Bank feeds many needy families every year. Their generosity supports those who have little for themselves,” said Michelle Patzer, marketing coordinator for Carson Mortgage Capital.
The Post Falls company presented a check to the food bank Friday morning.
The amount is significant to the food bank’s budget – it’s enough to cover a month’s rent and electricity bill, said food bank manager Cathy Larsen.
“We were very excited about it,” she said.
Carson Mortgage Capital urges others to be heroes in their own neighborhoods across the Northwest, Patzer said.
Gospel Mission serving free Christmas dinner
Bonner County Gospel Mission is serving up a free Christmas dinner, Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. at the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Call Corky at (208) 263-6698.
Two semitrucks stolen from county fairgrounds
Thieves stole two semitrucks Tuesday night from a parking lot at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake, then rammed them through a gate while fleeing.
Grant County sheriff’s deputies responded to the east parking lot of the fairgrounds shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday following a call from a fairgrounds employee.
A 1995 Volvo semi and a blue 1992 Freightliner semi belonging to the Big Bend Community College Truck Driving School were missing, and a gate was damaged, deputies said.
While investigators were on scene, another deputy out on patrol discovered the Volvo semi near Dorothy Street and Moon Drive, about a half mile from the fairgrounds.
Chief Deputy Dave Ponozzo said the front end of the Volvo was damaged. Authorities believe the Volvo was used to ram the gate and then the Freightliner followed.
“We very seldom have semitrucks stolen from our area,” he said.
The Freightliner, valued at about $10,000, has not been found and the sheriff’s office has no leads or suspects, Ponozzo said.
The vehicle has been entered into the national stolen vehicle database. Deputies are waiting for it to show up during a patrol or report, Ponozzo said.
“We’ll hopefully just come across it,” he said.
Information on the stolen truck can be reported to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 754-2011.
Spokane grant will fund free smoke alarms
The Spokane Fire Department has been selected as one of 10 Washington communities to receive a Fire Safe Families Project grant for 2005-2006.
The department will receive up to 300 lithium smoke alarms to be distributed and installed in homes needing smoke detectors, Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer said in a press release.
The goal is to use the smoke alarms to help high-risk populations, including low-income families, elderly, mobile home residents, hearing impaired and disabled people, Schaeffer said.
As part of the grant, the department may also receive $2,000 for program implementation, a training workshop, fire prevention brochures and educational materials.
Lecturer will discuss animal evacuations
Richard Green, with the American Humane Association, will lead a lecture next month on animal rescues in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is sponsoring the event at 6 p.m. on Jan. 6 at 222 N. Havana in Spokane Valley.
During the event, Green will introduce a regional Humane Evacuation Animal Rescue Team, according to a SCRAPS news release. He will discuss the new program and begin recruiting volunteers.
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