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Fire roundup: Spokane Valley crews douse blaze at restaurant

A quick response from the Spokane Valley Fire Department limited damage to the Pentagon Bistro at 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane in Liberty Lake after a fire was discovered shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday. Several people called to report seeing flames on an outside wall. When firefighters arrived, they found flames at the northeast corner of the restaurant going up into the eaves. Crews were able to limit the damage to the exterior of the restaurant, said department spokeswoman Julie Happy.

Retired firefighter Stan Cooke returns as interim fire chief at Newman Lake

Former Spokane Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Stan Cooke has come out of retirement to become the interim fire chief of Newman Lake Fire and Rescue. Cooke is a familiar face to many longtime residents of Newman Lake. When he lived there in the 1990s, he was the district’s emergency medical services instructor and spent time serving on the fire district’s board of commissioners.

Pelosi: States, cities seek $1T to avert layoffs from virus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday state and local governments are seeking up to $1 trillion for coronavirus costs, a stunning benchmark for the next aid package that’s certain to run into opposition from Senate Republicans.

Fire roundup: Happy ending for Spokane Valley responders

Many times when firefighters and paramedics work to revive a patient having a heart attack, they don’t know if the patient survived or not. But crews with the Spokane Valley Fire Department found out about a happy ending when a recent patient, a young father to two young children, showed up this week with a plate of cookies and a message of gratitude. Department spokeswoman Julie Happy said Jared Burnham was outside teaching his young son how to ride a bike on April 18 when he had a heart attack. A neighbor called 911 and started CPR, which Valley Fire crews from Station 7 and Station 10 continued when they arrived. He was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

Spokane Valley Fire roundup: Department sees sharp increase in illegal burning

With more people staying home and doing yard work and clean-up projects, the number of illegal fires has risen sharply in the area served by the Spokane Valley Fire Department recently. The numbers have been driven in large part by people burning yard waste, garbage and construction debris, all of which are illegal. Using a burn barrel is also illegal. So far this year the department has responded to 48 illegal fires, up sharply from the 12 reported in the same time frame in 2019, said department spokeswoman Julie Happy. There were only seven illegal fires reported in that time frame in 2018.