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Not home, but still healthy: Precautious Spokane-area first responders stem spread of COVID-19

Fire departments across Spokane County adopted aggressive masking and quarantine strategies early in the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as cases continue to spike among the general public, first responders are crediting …


UPDATED: Fri., July 31, 2020

Fire destroys two homes, kills two dogs in Vinegar Flats

Two house were destroyed and two dogs were killed in a Thursday night fire in Vinegar Flats.


UPDATED: Fri., June 5, 2020

Underground fire on Riverside in downtown Spokane causes outages

Spokane firefighters quickly extinguished an underground fire on Riverside Avenue on Friday, but not before it cut off power to multiple nearby businesses and traffic signals.


UPDATED: Thu., June 4, 2020

Fire crews rescue man from Spokane River

A man was rescued from the Spokane River Wednesday afternoon near the Sandifur Bridge near People’s Park.


UPDATED: Thu., April 16, 2020

Fire in downtown boot store damages building

A fire Wednesday afternoon at Cruz Custom Boots in downtown Spokane caused significant damage to a building.


Spokane firefighters douse Easter morning garage fire in Browne’s Addition

A garage fire early Sunday morning in Browne’s Addition threatened to spread to nearby apartments before the Spokane Fire Department extinguished the blaze.


UPDATED: Thu., April 9, 2020

Apartment building near Gonzaga significantly damaged in Wednesday blaze

A fire near Gonzaga Wednesday afternoon did significant damage to an apartment building.


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

5 Spokane city firefighters remain in quarantine after most released

The number of city of Spokane firefighters in quarantine continues to drop, but department leaders will remain vigilant and adhere to a requirement that employees wear masks around-the-clock.


UPDATED: Thu., April 2, 2020

Spokane sewing community makes masks for first responders

Crafters armed with sewing machines are helping medical personnel and first responders by making masks at home.


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Number of Spokane firefighters in quarantine declines

Thanks largely to a loosening of health guidelines, the number of Spokane city firefighters in quarantine and out of work has dropped since last week.


UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2020

Spokane Fire Department shifting operations as it deals with quarantines of firefighters

More than 30 members of the Spokane Fire Department are in self-quarantine in attempt to stop the spread of sickness amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


UPDATED: Sun., March 8, 2020

Spokane firefighters climb local stairs for cancer fundraiser after coronavirus threat cancels Seattle event

Firefighters from multiple departments climbed 18 floors of the downtown Bank of America Building on Sunday morning, a substitute for the 69-story Columbia Tower in Seattle, where the event was …


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Spokane Valley fire cancels March events over coronavirus

Amid local fire departments’ increased vigilance when responding to calls involving flu-like symptoms, the Spokane Valley Fire Department announced it was canceling all March events due to concerns about the …


Spokane firefighters cut free two women in Saturday car crashes in north Spokane

The two crashes occurred several hours apart in the Indian Trail neighborhood and near Joe Albi Stadium. Police are investigating causes in both the crashes.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Suspicious car, trash can fires reported in north Spokane on Wednesday morning

Investigators with Spokane County Fire District 9 and the Spokane Fire Department are investigating a trio of blazes targeting property that were reported in the Town and Country area north …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Firefighters extinguish apartment fire in East Central neighborhood

Spokane firefighters extinguished a fire Wednesday morning in a residence in the East Central neighborhood.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Spokane firefighters extinguish fire at historic downtown apartment building

A fire broke out around 9 p.m. Tuesday on the third floor of an apartment building located at 1229 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Teenager hospitalized after 20-foot fall at Bowl and Pitcher

KHQ reported the boy’s injuries were not life-threatening.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Spokane firefighters rescue woman from Spokane River near Maple Street Bridge

Spokane firefighters rescued a woman from the Spokane River near Maple Street Bridge early Tuesday afternoon.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Spokane firefighters fourth in fundraising ahead of international blood cancer awareness stairclimb

The Spokane Fire Department team participating in Seattle’s annual Firefighter Stairclimb has raised more than $23,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society so far, making them fourth among teams competing …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Defective boiler cause of carbon monoxide in Old City Hall Thursday

Carbon monoxide was discovered in Old City Hall Thursday morning emanating from a malfunctioning boiler, the Spokane Fire Department said. The building was evacuated quickly and no one was hurt.


Spokane firefighter treated for minor injury after helping extinguish South Hill fire

A Spokane firefighter received a minor injury while fighting a fire on the South Hill early Saturday morning.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Hillyard man dies after couch catches fire

A man was found dead in his Hillyard home Tuesday afternoon after an unreported couch fire the night before.


Man receives critical burns in Browne’s Addition RV fire on Saturday evening

The man received his injuries attempting to rescue a dog from the fire, according to firefighters. The dog died in the incident.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Medical examiner names Spokane man who died when truck fell on him

The medical examiner’s office identified the man as Ronald J. Wittkopf, 55.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Spokane fire crews rescue man from Spokane River

Spokane Fire Department crews rescued a man from the Spokane River below the Post Street Bridge early Thursday after a person near the bridge reported a man screaming for help …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Man killed when truck falls on him in northeast Spokane

A man was killed Thursday morning when utility truck fell on a man in a driveway in northeast Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

House fire in Nevada Heights neighborhood blamed on improperly installed wood-burning stove

Firefighters were called at about 4:30 a.m. to the home in the 1100 block of East Broad Avenue, in the Nevada Heights neighborhood, according to a news release from the …


Overnight fire burns garage in the Shadle neighborhood of north Spokane

A fire in the 5000 block of North Stevens Street destroyed a garage and parked car, but no injuries were reported Sunday.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 3, 2019

Fire at Wendy’s restaurant in north Spokane causes $50,000 in damage on Saturday

Crews found black smoke billowing from the fast food restaurant at 9114 N. Newport Highway at 4 p.m., but credited emergency plans from a lack of injuries and further damage.