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Spokane Valley Fire roundup: Donut shop manager’s quick action limits damage

The Spokane Valley Fire Department Administration Building is seen.  (The Spokesman-Review)
The Spokane Valley Fire Department Administration Building is seen. (The Spokesman-Review)
By Nina Culver For The Spokesman-Review

Fires and other calls kept crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department hopping the week of Oct. 5-11, including a fire at Krispy Kreme on East Indiana Avenue near the Spokane Valley Mall.

A report of smoke and flames at Krispy Kreme came in at 8:38 p.m. on Oct. 6. The caller said there was a fire in a fryer inside the restaurant. A manager evacuated the store and used two dry chemical extinguishers on the fire, said department spokeswoman Julie Happy.

The first crews on the scene saw smoke coming from exterior roof vents. The fire damage was minimal because of the actions of the manager, Happy said. No one was injured, but the manager was evaluated by paramedics as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Other calls Oct. 5-11

Oct. 5: A smoke detector sounded at an apartment building in the 4000 block of South Bowdish Road at 11:50 a.m. Crews determined that the alarm was set off by exhaust from a compressor that a worker was using to blow out the sprinkler system. A brush fire was reported on the shore of the Spokane River near Kaiser Aluminum at 2:56 p.m. The fire was about 100 by 60 feet and was burning a variety of fuels, including trees. The Department of Natural Resources responded to assist.

Oct. 6: A caller reported a glow in the trees in the north end of the Dishman Hills Natural Area a few minutes after midnight. A crew hiked in a found a small abandoned camp fire, which was put out. A vehicle fire was reported in the 300 block of South Farr Road at 12:38 a.m. The car had crashed into a building under construction before catching fire. A fire was reported in a large load of trash being hauled in a trailer in the 11300 block of East Montgomery Avenue at 5:53 a.m. There was no smoke and no heat signature when firefighters arrived, but water was dumped in the trailer as a precaution. Crews were called back to the same location for the same trailer at 8:46 a.m., and more water was pumped into the trailer. A caller reported that someone stuck on a 75-foot cliff in the area of the 7300 block of North Moose Lane at 2:47 p.m. The department’s technical rescue crew responded, but the person was helped to safety by two residents. The person was not injured.

Oct. 7: A vehicle ran into a garage in the area of Farr Road and Mariam Street at 7:34 p.m. The caller said the driver ran a stop sign at high speed before crashing into the garage and he appeared intoxicated. The driver reportedly tried to leave the area, but his vehicle had a broken axle. A fire alarm sounded at a school in the 2100 block of South Skipworth Road at 10:02 p.m. No fire was found. The heater in a bathroom was on with the door closed, and the bathroom got warmed up enough to trigger the fire alarm.

Oct. 8: A small patch of burning grass was reported in the area of Fifth Avenue and McKinnon Road at 7:52 a.m. A possible illegal backyard fire was reported in the 7000 block of East Seventh Avenue at 12:34 p.m. The homeowners were burning home siding and lumber, which is not allowed. The fire was put out. A natural gas leakd was reported in the 1300 block of North Coach Drive at 1:55 p.m. An excavator hit and severed a 2-inch natural gas line near a duplex under construction. Nearby residents were asked to shelter in place. Avista Utilities responded to repair the gas line. A downed power line was reported in the 2600 block of North Barker Road at 4:32 p.m.. A road construction crew reported that they had accidentally pulled the line down. The road was closed until Avista responded.

Oct. 9: A two-vehicle crash forcedwith one vehicle on its side was reported at Appleway and Barker Road at 11:56 a.m. The roof of one vehicle had to be cut off in order to free the driver.

Oct. 10: A vehicle fire was reported on the westbound lane of Interstate 90 east of the Freya Street offramp at 4:15 p.m. Crews found flames coming from a sedan. Two lanes of I-90 were blocked while crews put out the fire.

Oct. 11: A power pole fire was reported in the 5000 block of North Powell Road at 10:57 p.m. Crews found a smoldering fire that had burned halfway through the pole. The fire was put out, and the damaged pole was reported to Avista.

By the numbers: Crews responded to 367 calls the week of Oct. 5-11, including 298 calls for emergency medical services. Other responses included 16 motor vehicle accidents, a toddler and two dogs accidentally locked inside a car at the Stateline dog park, a sleeping child accidentally locked inside a car in the 16300 block of East Broadway and a few fire alarms triggered by burnt food.

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