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Spokane Valley Fire roundup: Person inside motor home escapes fire uninjured

By Nina Culver For The Spokesman-Review

There have been several motor home fires in the area recently and the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a similar call at about 5 p.m. Friday in the 4800 block of East Second Avenue. The one person inside at the time of the fire was able to escape without being injured.

When crews arrived, they found the motor home fully involved in fire and the flames were spreading to some tall shrubs and a shed behind the motor home. Crews wet down a nearby home and bushes to make sure the fire didn’t spread further and put out the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Spokane Fire Department assisted with the fire.

Other calls from Feb. 28 to Sunday

Feb. 28: A report of a car that crashed into a house came in from the 11500 block of East Boone Avenue at 2:42 p.m. No one was injured in the crash, but a stabilizing cable for a power pole was sheared off. Avista was notified.

March 1: A car hit a home in the 10500 block of East Baldwin Avenue at 1:21 p.m. A ground transformer box was significantly damaged. A building inspector was called out to determine if the car could be removed from the damaged house without the building collapsing. No one was at home at the time of the crash.

March 2: A structure fire was reported in the 5300 block of East Sharp Avenue at 8:21 a.m. A large column of smoke was visible as crews were arriving. The property owner told firefighters that the business was being remodeled. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A damaged power pole was reported in the 3200 block of North Arden Road at 1:39 p.m. It appeared that the pole had been damaged in a collision. Avista was notified.

March 3: An extrication crash was reported along Interstate 90 near the Spokane Valley Mall at 1:18 p.m. It was determined that extraction was not needed. No one was injured. A possible chimney fire was reported in the 7700 block of North Campbell Road at 10:17 p.m. Firefighters went up on the roof and removed the flashing around the chimney. They discovered charred roof decking and the homeowner was advised to stop burning until the chimney was inspected.

Saturday: A crash was reported on East Broadway near Lowe’s at 4:50 p.m. The jaws of life were used to pry open a stuck door in order to free someone. The road was blocked for a time. Two people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Sunday: A detached garage fire was reported in the 13200 block of East 15th Avenue at 9:02 a.m. The smoke was coming from an addition built on the back of the detached garage. Firefighters forced entry into the building to put out the fire. A resident was evaluated for smoke inhalation after trying to retrieve some items from the fire. The resident said the fire was started by a wood stove.

By the numbers: Crews responded to 403 calls the week of Feb. 28 to Sunday, including 336 calls for emergency medical services.

Other responses included 21 car crashes, two reports of smoke that turned out to be steam from a dryer vent, a fire alarm triggered by a saw and a 2-year-old child accidentally locked inside a vehicle.