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Church offices damaged in morning fire

A large fire engulfed most of a church’s regional headquarters today just west of Spokane, displacing the administrative offices for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Upper Columbia Conference and destroying a …


In brief: Infant hospitalized; mom’s boyfriend jailed

A 2-month-old baby was in critical condition Saturday, and the mother’s boyfriend faces a first-degree assault charge. Andrew W. Whitmire, 22, was booked into Spokane County Jail early Saturday after …


Resort owners vow to rebuild clubhouse destroyed by fire

The spectacular log-and-stone clubhouse at the Idaho Club golf and retreat complex near Sandpoint that burned to the ground Thursday evening will be rebuilt, owners vowed. No one was injured …


Fire destroys Idaho Club lodge

Fire destroyed the lodge at an upscale golf and luxury home community near Sandpoint on Thursday.


Man rescues toddler from apartment fire

A man is being credited for saving a 2-year-old boy’s life after a fire erupted Friday night in a northeast Spokane apartment. “It’s like a Christmas miracle that this baby …


Man dies after shop fire

A man who apparently lived for more than a decade in leased space at Empire Auto Body in northeast Spokane died there Wednesday in a fire caused by a woodstove. …


Railroad-tie pile continues to smolder

The pile of railroad ties that caught fire Thursday evening next to the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds continued to smolder Friday. The property is owned by Wal-Mart, which has hired an …


Cause of North Side fire investigated

A retired pro athlete’s boat, three classic cars and a 28-year-old business were charred in a fire Tuesday night that caused more than $250,000 damage. Fire investigators continue to look …


Whitley Fuel gets OK to rebuild warehouse

Whitley Fuel can rebuild a warehouse at its central depot that an arson fire destroyed last year, Spokane’s hearing examiner ruled Tuesday. The decision overturns a determination by the city’s …


Firefighters gain ground

Gusty winds Sunday afternoon failed to flare up the Spokane Valley fire or a 900-acre fire near Colville, both of which firefighters expect to have fully contained by today. Yet …


Ruin and relief

Doug Hawks believes it was the best three days of hard work he’s ever done. The 66-year-old homeowner spent the July Fourth weekend cutting down trees and brush around his …


Cigarette in potting soil blamed in house fire

A homeowner who tried to extinguish a cigarette in a potted plant is believed to have caused a fire Wednesday morning that destroyed his home and car, according to the …


Tucker defends arson decision

There was insufficient evidence to charge 19-year-old Timothy Lee Jacobs with this summer’s arson that caused $20 million in damage to Whitley Fuel and surrounding businesses in northeast Spokane, Prosecutor …


Stove-fueled fire damages North Side home

Jules St. Clair had invested about $20,000 in music equipment and was starting to form a band. All that went up in smoke Monday evening when his home caught fire. …


Valley testing finds 60 weak hydrants, increases pressure on water districts

Beside the east shore of Liberty Lake, on the hillsides overlooking Spokane Valley and in scattered neighborhoods below, homes surround about 60 fire hydrants that might not provide enough water …


Error made tax change permanent

When state lawmakers tweaked some tax legislation this spring, they got more than they bargained for: It seems that they inadvertently made some normally temporary tax increases permanent. That’s according …


fire, wildfire, st. maries, echo springs, idaho department of lands

St. Maries blaze three-quarters contained Multiagency fire crews continued to battle the 505-acre Echo Springs fire southwest of St. Maries on Monday.


Crews knock down wildfire that spurred evacuations

A 100-acre wildfire between Kendrick and Juliaetta, Idaho, knocked out power and spurred some residents to voluntarily evacuate Tuesday afternoon, but authorities knocked down the blaze in about five hours. …


Blaze deliberately set

The enormous fuel-depot fire that had firefighters afraid for their lives Monday was deliberately set, officials said. On Tuesday, investigators walked among the twisted metal and charred ruins of Whitley …


Fire chars 155 acres

FORD, Wash. – With blazing hot weather expected later this week, Eastern Washington’s wildfire season got its start Monday. Though the 155-acre Stevens County fire threatened at least six homes …


Fire destroys man’s business, home

A Coeur d’Alene man tried to extinguish a Sunday afternoon fire that ultimately devastated his business. Firefighters were called about 5:30 p.m. to N.W. Inland, a vinyl and leather repair …


Burning Chemicals Close I-5 Truck Bursts Into Flames; 20 Oregon Families Evacuated

Oregon highway worker Lorinda Gauther routes traffic around a burning triple trailer that blocked I5 on Thursday. Photo by Associated Press


Smoke Killed Victims In Slumber-Party Fire Officials Suspect Trailer Blaze That Killed 6 Was Accidental

Investigators say six children who died in a weekend trailer fire were found in bedrooms of the home, indicating they likely were overcome by smoke in their sleep. Craig Peterson, …


Bales Of Hay Burst Into Flame

A uniquely rural phenomenon has arrived in the Magic Valley sooner than expected because of recent rains. Bales of hay are spontaneously igniting.


Roof Collapse Kills Firefighter

The roof of a burning auto-body shop collapsed Monday as firefighters were trying to douse the flames, killing one fireman. Thirteen others were injured battling the blaze. Other firefighters saved …


Cigarette Blamed For Deadly Blaze

A cigarette apparently ignited a mobile home fire that killed a man who lived alone, investigators said Monday. The cigarette Floyd Johnson had been smoking Sunday apparently ignited furniture in …


Man Dies Inside His Burning Mobile Home

When Harry Hull visited his uncle Sunday afternoon, Floyd Johnson once again said he thought he was dying. Less than 20 minutes after Hull had left, a fire erupted inside …


Historic Bar Reduced To Ashes, Memories Patrons Of Old Montana Bar And Grille Mourn The Loss Of Building With A Colorful Past

From For the record (Wednesday, January 24, 1996): Bill Hartley is the former owner of the Saltese Inn at Saltese, Mont. The inn’s ownership was reported incorrectly in a story …


Historic Bar Reduced To Ashes, Memories Silver Valley Patrons Of Old Montana Bar And Grille Mourn The Loss Of Building With A Varied, Colorful Past

From For the record (Wednesday, January 24, 1996): Bill Hartley is the former owner of the Saltese Inn at Saltese, Mont. The inn’s ownership was reported incorrectly in a story …


Home Rises From Ashes Town Helps Family Recover

The Kinzer family stands a scorched addition - all that’s left of their Spirit Lake home, destroyed by fire one year ago. Photo by Molly O’Hara/The Spokesman-Review