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Squirrel’s misstep causes fire, power outage

It was lights out for a squirrel as well as for several residents after an unfortunate incident near 32nd Avenue and University Road at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The squirrel apparently was scampering across an electrical line when it stepped in the wrong spot, said Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Marshal Kevin Miller. “He became the fuse,” Miller said.

Apartment fire topped week’s calls

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews kept busy the week of June 14-20 with a major fire in an apartment complex, several smaller fires and a trench rescue. An apartment in the Big Trout Lodge complex in Liberty Lake was heavily damaged in a fire on June 14. Fire crews on their way to another call at 5:30 a.m. spotted a column of smoke coming from the complex and diverted to the apartments while they called for additional help. The complex was evacuated while firefighters worked.

Suspect in Cd’A standoff found asleep in apartment

A SWAT team found the shooting suspect asleep in a back bedroom of his Coeur d'Alene apartment this afternoon following a long standoff there. Officers broke into the apartment, according to Sgt. Christie Wood. “He slept through a fairly large bang when (the police) broke in,” Wood said. The man's name will be released soon. Residents are being allowed to return to their apartments.

Fire razes Hillyard apartments

Four residents were treated for smoke inhalation after an “aggressive, violent fire” destroyed a Hillyard apartment building Tuesday night and early Wednesday. “It was a really dangerous situation,” said Brian Schaeffer, assistant chief of the Spokane Fire Department.

Fireman injured by knife

A Spokane Valley firefighter was injured last week as crews worked to put out a mobile home fire in the 24800 block of East Trent Avenue on March 29, but the injury was not serious. “A knife stabbed a firefighter in the knee,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. “He was crawling across the floor. It went through his turnout gear and into his knee. He needed stitches.”

Apartment fire leaves at least 18 without home

As many as 18 residents were burned out of their apartments Thursday morning in a fire on Spokane’s lower South Hill. The 5:18 a.m. fire started in an entryway in the basement level that did not have a door.

Apartments burn in Post Falls

An overnight three-alarm fire in Post Falls burned through several apartments, displacing residents from those units.

Another fire, more need

At least 90 people have been burned out of their homes and apartments this month in what’s become a bad August for residential fires in Spokane. Residents of a three-story apartment complex at 2807 E. Boone Ave. escaped unharmed Wednesday when fire broke out in the ceiling above a third-floor unit and spread across the attic just after noon. At least three residents were burned out of their homes.

Residents escape Garry Park apartment fire

Residents of a three-story apartment complex escaped unharmed today when fire broke out in the ceiling above a third-floor unit and spread across the attic.

Blaze destroys 23 apartments

Quinton Baker was asleep in his bottom-floor apartment early Wednesday when he heard pounding. It was his upstairs neighbor, frantically trying to alert him to a blaze that was threatening to engulf the building. “By the time I turned around there were flames coming in the sliding door,” Baker said. He doesn’t believe he would have made it out in time were it not for his neighbor, Michael Gonzalez, 33.

23 apartments burn in 3-alarm N. Spokane fire

A three-alarm fire in North Spokane destroyed 23 units in an apartment building. Twenty-two units were occupied, and all residents escaped unharmed, fire officials said.