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Three dead at scene of early morning fire

Three people are dead following an early morning fire Tuesday that consumed part of a home southeast of Deer Park. The home is owned by a Spokane Fire Department lieutenant.

Rapist’s South Hill rental property fixed up, listed for sale

Six months after the fire marshal temporarily shut down a rental property owned by convicted rapist Arlin Jordin, neighbors, tenants and inspectors say his house on the lower South Hill is in much better shape. But neighbors who sued Jordin in small claims court over the disturbances at the property say they’re still eager to see it sold, a condition Jordin agreed to in a court settlement signed last November.

Spokane man’s 343 stair-climbs honor firefighters lost on 9/11

Spokane Fire Department Capt. Roger Libby was on a mission Monday. He would complete his 343rd stair-climb, in honor of the 343 New York firefighters who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center’s twin towers. During each stair-climb Libby goes up at least 110 flights of stairs, the same number of flights in the twin towers. He usually does more, however, and has averaged 147 flights of stairs per climb.

Memorial project honors Spokane firefighters who died in the line of duty

A fire captain who died 121 years ago was honored Monday with a plaque and a ceremony, the last of 17 members of the Spokane Fire Department recognized over the past year. The firefighters, who all died in the line of duty, were included in the Spokane Firefighters Memorial Project, funded by donations from regional fire departments and local firefighters.

In The Line Of Duty

Spokane Firefighters Memorial Project, led by Lt. Gregory Borg, dedicates the last of 17 plaques honoring Spokane Firefighters, May 25, 2015, that have died in the line of duty. Captain George Chapman, who died on May 25,1894, received his plaque on the corner of Main and Division.

Man found dead after house fire near Eloika Lake

A man is dead after fire and explosions leveled a house and an outbuilding near Eloika Lake on Saturday night. “There were lots of explosions from ammunition that was stored in the house,” said Spokane County Fire District 4 spokeswoman Megan Hill. “That was what alerted the neighbors. They heard explosions before they saw the flames or the smoke.”

Spokane Valley apartment blaze under investigation

A fire that heavily damaged a third floor apartment at the Whimsical Pig on Saturday is still under investigation. Spokane Valley Fire Department crews were called at 4:24 p.m. and found flames coming out of the apartment when they arrived. A second alarm was sounded and engines from Spokane County Fire District 8 also responded to help.

Coeur d’Alene public safety bond passes

In a low-profile election with small voter turnout, a $6 million property tax measure to buy new equipment for the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department and fund other public safety priorities cruised to passage Tuesday. A whopping 85 percent of the votes were in favor of the 10-year public safety bond, well above the two-thirds supermajority needed to pass.

Discarded cigarette may have started blaze

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to several fires in the two weeks from April 27 to May 10, including at least one thought to be caused by an improperly discarded cigarette. Flames burned the front of a home in the 3300 block of North Girard Road on April 28 and extended into the attic. The fire was reported at 2:30 a.m. The fire began on the front porch and a discarded cigarette is believed to be the cause, said department spokeswoman Melanie Rose.

Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago The spark of love got George Matthews in a heap of trouble at the Panama Hotel. He had fallen in love with Florence Raymond, who also went by the name of Mabel Guild. In striving to prove the depth of his devotion, he resorted to increasingly unwise actions. First, he threatened the girl with a large gun. When that proved ineffective, he plied her with a poisoned whisky, which made her ill. Then he hid under her bed and had to be chased out of her room.

CdA voters to weigh public safety bond issue next week

A $1.4 million ladder truck and three fire engines costing almost $600,000 apiece are the big-ticket items in a proposed public safety bond measure going before Coeur d’Alene voters next week. The city is asking for $6 million over 10 years, mainly to buy fire vehicles but also for some police needs. A similar tax measure approved in 2005 expires this year, and the city says property owners will see their taxes go down a bit even if the new bonds are approved.

Plane plunges, sinks in river

Two men in a plane that crashed during a test flight and sank into the Spokane River near Felts Field Thursday afternoon died after they were underwater for nearly 30 minutes. Witnesses said the plane sounded like it was having engine problems and appeared to lose power as it flew east over Millwood just before 4 p.m.

Man burned trying to fight house fire

A 45-year-old man suffered burns to his hands and face Monday evening while attempting to put out a fire in a home at 1003 W. Frederick in North Spokane.

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...