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Students stuck in Steam Plant elevator en route to prom

Ten Mt. Spokane High School students nearly missed prom – perhaps deservedly – when they got stuck in an elevator. The group was in the elevator after finishing dinner at Stacks Restaurant at the Steam Plant in downtown Spokane.

Prescribed burns to start in Upper CdA River area

PUBLIC LANDS -- Hikers and anglers need to be aware that the Forest Service will begin prescribed burning in the Upper Coeur d'Alene River area starting Sunday, May 3. Here's the notice from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests: Beginning on Sunday, May 3, 2015 firefighters...

Fire blamed on ex-resident

A woman who lives at a Hillyard home significantly damaged by fire early Friday says the blaze was likely set by a man who was just kicked out. The Spokane Fire Department said in a news release that the fire was “possibly suspicious in nature.”

Female council members take on women’s pay, hiring at City Hall

A woman makes $11,614 less than a man, on average, at Spokane City Hall. Females represent nearly half the city’s population, but they hold just a quarter of positions in city government. About 90 percent of clerical and secretarial positions at the city are held by women. These imbalances have drawn the latest promise for change from the Spokane City Council.

Fire roundup: Cigarette in potted plant cause of balcony fire

A cigarette and a potted plant were again the culprit of an apartment balcony fire recently in the 2400 block of North Wilbur Road. “Don’t put your cigarettes out in potting soil,” said Melanie Rose, Spokane Valley Fire Department spokeswoman. “Potting soil is flammable.”

Newman Lake to build new volunteer fire station

Newman Lake Fire and Rescue Chief Keith Yamane wasn’t fazed by the pounding hail and rain that delayed the ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of a new fire station Saturday. “I think it’s wonderful,” he said. “It’s like a dream come true.”

Fire station opening in Eagle Ridge in May

A new fire station at the foot of southwest Spokane’s Eagle Ridge development will open next month and should cut emergency response times for the Latah Valley in half, city officials say. The Spokane Fire Department will open the temporary station at 115 W. Eagle Ridge Blvd., just off of U.S. Highway 195, in May. The department hopes to build a permanent Station 5 closer to Cheney-Spokane Road by 2020.

Fire departments bill trucker for hazmat cleanup

Local fire departments are asking a trucking company to pay for overtime and other costs related to a leaking tanker truck that forced the closure of Interstate 90 for 18 hours in September. The tanker truck was pulled over Sept. 14 after another driver reported a strong smell emanating from it. A 6-mile stretch of the freeway was closed in both directions while the truck was parked at the Washington State Patrol weigh station and Port of Entry near Liberty Lake.

Firefighters, sprinkler system douse fire at Inland Empire Paper

What could have turned into a raging inferno was instead a smoldering mess thanks to the sprinkler system installed at Inland Empire Paper. Fire crews responded to the paper mill on Argonne just after 2:30 p.m. on April 15 for a fire in the recycling building. Employees were unloading giant bundles of recycled materials that were held together with metal bands, said Spokane Valley Fire Department spokeswoman Melanie Rose.

House fire near Northwest Boulevard forces evacuation

A firefighter cradled the wet, shivering bundle close to his chest as he approached Lisa McCarthy. Theodore, a small brown Chihuahua, had just been rescued from McCarthy’s still smoldering home in northwest Spokane Tuesday evening. McCarthy took the dog and hugged him close. “We thought he was out,” she said.

Fire roundup: Both sides of duplex burn in separate fires

Both sides of a Spokane Valley duplex burned in separate fires this weekend, but officials do not believe the fires are suspicious. “It doesn’t seem like foul play was involved,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department spokesman Melanie Rose. “It appears to be accidental.”

Two vehicles involved in fires in Spokane Valley

Two vehicles were set on fire in the Spokane Valley area on Saturday and investigators are looking for information on the crimes, which are not believed to be connected. A pickup truck parked on the side of the road was set on fire around 6 a.m. in the 100 block of North Hutchinson Road. Just before 8 p.m. someone lit hay on the back of a flatbed semi on fire in the 900 block of North Howe Road.

Grant will fund work to reduce wildfire risk in northeast Washington

Steve Parker had two reactions to last summer’s wildfires in Central Washington: a deep empathy for the people who lost homes and businesses, followed by the thought, “What if that happened here?” It wasn’t hard for the Stevens County commissioner to imagine a catastrophic wildfire sweeping through northeast Washington.

Suspicious house fires put family’s renovation plans on hold

Suspicious Sunday morning fires on the lower South Hill have put one woman’s plans to revitalize the street temporarily on hold. The fire, reported just after 6 a.m. Sunday, damaged houses at 351, 359 and 363 E. Fifth Ave., all adjacent to Interstate 90. Flames spread quickly, causing firefighters to upgrade the blaze to a three-alarm fire.