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Fire roundup: Cigarette in potted plant cause of balcony fire

A cigarette and a potted plant were again the culprit of an apartment balcony fire recently in the 2400 block of North Wilbur Road.

“Don’t put your cigarettes out in potting soil,” said Melanie Rose, Spokane Valley Fire Department spokeswoman. “Potting soil is flammable.”

The fire was reported quickly on the afternoon of April 25 and only damaged the balcony railing.

A more substantial fire was reported at 7302 E. Utah Ave. about 11:30 p.m. April 21. Firefighters found a two-car detached garage and shed fully involved in fire, Rose said. Crews were successful in keeping the flames from spreading to a nearby house.

“The vinyl siding did melt a little bit with radiant heat damage,” Rose said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Other calls from April 20 to Monday:

April 20: Smoke from faulty furnace fan wiring filled a bedroom of a home in the 4500 block of South Conklin Road.

April 22: A vehicle fire was reported on Interstate 90 near the Liberty Lake exit about 5 p.m. It was in the bed of a pickup truck that was filled with cardboard and plastic pipe fittings. The fire was mostly extinguished before firefighters arrived.

Friday: A car hit a building in the Valley Hospital complex on East Mission Avenue at 3:15 a.m.

Engine 9 was returning from a call when they happened upon an accident involving a car and a pedestrian at 26th Avenue and Pines Road. Police were called.

Sunday: A leaking propane tank in the trunk of a car was reported in the 9900 block of East 16th Avenue.

Monday: The intersection of 32nd Avenue and University Road was blocked for a while after a two-vehicle accident at 7 a.m.

By the numbers: Crews responded to 265 calls from April 20 to Monday, including 214 calls for emergency medical services. Other responses included four illegal outdoor fires, a downed power line, 19 vehicle accidents and one running car left parked in a fire lane with the keys inside.

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