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Wind creates problems for Spokane Valley firefighters at Otis Orchards house fire

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018

Spokane Valley firefighters battled a house fire for several hours as heavy wind gusts kept reigniting flammable material Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Spokane Valley Fire Department / Courtesy photo)
Spokane Valley firefighters battled a house fire for several hours as heavy wind gusts kept reigniting flammable material Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Spokane Valley Fire Department / Courtesy photo)

Spokane Valley firefighters battled wind and flames as they responded to an Otis Orchards house fire Sunday afternoon.

At about 2:30 p.m., multiple neighbors called in a structure fire coming from a single-wide mobile home at 4118 North Kennedy Road, where flames and a large plume of smoke could be seen from miles away, said Shawn Pichette, spokesman for the fire department.

Arriving engines immediately attacked the fire from outside with hoses as the fire was too large to enter, Pichette said. The home was not occupied.

By 4 p.m., firefighters were still mopping up hot spots as heavy wind gusts kept reigniting flammable material.

“The wind was blowing so there were a lot of hidden fires,” Pichette said. “Most of the roof collapsed. We had a hard time reaching it.”

By 5 p.m., fire investigators were arriving on scene. Pichette said crews will remain there for several hours.

The structure was completely destroyed. There were no injuries.

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