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Trash fire, crash, spill keep firefighters busy

Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to 189 calls from Sept. 20 until Monday, including a small trash fire at East Valley High School, a car crashing into a building and an herbicide spill.

Firefighters responded to the trash fire at East Valley High on Sept. 22 at 4:46 p.m., said David Lobdell, assistant chief for Valley Fire.

School officials told firefighters they moved the trash can outside, but there was smoke in the building. Firefighters responded and vented the school. The only injury was that of a maintenance worker who burned his finger on the trash can.

On Sept. 20, Valley fire’s hazardous materials team responded to a 15-gallon herbicide spill at 2400 N. Sullivan Road, about 9:05 a.m. No one was harmed, Lobdell said. The herbicide was cleaned up without incident.

Later that afternoon, a woman crashed through the front of Isaac’s Incredible Frozen Yogurt, 1510 N. Argonne Road, about 2:58 p.m., Lobdell said. She suffered minor injuries.

Employees said it looked like the woman was pulling into a parking stall and just kept driving, Lobdell said. The crash it shattered the glass on the front of the business and did a little damage to the brick wall.

Firefighters responded to a five-car crash at 13524 E. Sprague Ave., on Monday afternoon, Lobdell said. One car was T-boned. The other four cars couldn’t stop in time, which caused a chain reaction of rear end crashes. One person suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters also went to several other calls including more than 90 medical incidents, five false alarms, three illegal burns, three electrical fires with no serious consequences, one grass fire that burned a 10-by-20-foot area and one minor roof fire that spread into an attic, but was doused quickly.

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