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Fire that burned three vehicles still under investigation

Two cars and a semitruck burned in a fire in Spokane Valley last week and the cause of the fire is unknown.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department was called to 5825 E. Railroad Ave. just after 4:30 a.m. on Friday. The vehicles were all parked inside a fenced lot behind a business, said department spokeswoman Melanie Rose.

“We had to cut through the locked gate with bolt cutters to gain access,” Rose said.

The semi was fully involved and the flames had spread to cars parked on either side, Rose said. They had apparently been parked at the location for a couple of days.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Other calls

from Feb. 22-28

Feb. 23: A car fire was reported in a garage in the 600 block of North Bowdish Road. Crews were able to keep the flames from spreading to another car and the garage.

Feb. 26: An unattached garage fire was reported in the 12000 block of East 12th Avenue. The accidental fire burned a small corner, causing minimal damage.

Feb. 27: A shed behind a single-wide mobile home caught fire in the 17300 block of East Sixth Avenue. The cause is undetermined.

Feb. 28: The resident of a home in the 400 block of South Chronicle Road put out a stove top fire with a fire extinguisher before crews arrived. Crews were sent to the Bowl and Pitcher area of the Spokane River in Riverside State Park for an overturned canoe. The person inside the canoe was able to get out of the water.

By the numbers: Crews responded to 314 calls between Feb. 22 and 28, including 259 calls for emergency medical services. Other responses included 18 car crashes, eight illegal outside trash fires and a vehicle leaking gasoline.

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