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Man airlifted to hospital after downtown apartment fire

A man was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after sustaining severe burns in a fire today in downtown Spokane.


Family burned out of South Side home today

Four adults and a child were burned out of their South Side home early today, according to Spokane fire officials.


Armed man shuts down Forest Boulevard.

The SWAT team responded to reports of a man armed with a gun at 7:23 tonight and have blocked off Forest Blvd. near Bismarck Avenue.


Melting wax creates sticky situation; fire displaces two

A Spokane woman was melting wax to make candles when the wax caught on fire and spread to her kitchen cabinets and throughout her kitchen.


Mobile home will help fire department serve West Plains

Spokane’s first fire station on the West Plains won’t be the usual classy brick structure typical of the city’s other 14 stations. It will be a double-wide mobile home.


Smoke detector awakens sleepers to N. Side fire

A smoke detector alerted sleeping residents to a fire in their home in North Spokane this morning, and allowed the occupants to escape safely, Spokane firefighters said.


For leaders, fire district idea gaining economic appeal

Spokane leaders have a new idea for solving their budget woes: Give up the Spokane Fire Department. Mayor Mary Verner has formed a committee to study the creation of a …


Residents in two house fires flee for safety

Five occupants of a home in southeast Spokane escaped their burning split-level residence Sunday night before firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze.


Disabled man uses Facebook to summon help during fire

Smoke from a flaming toaster filled his living room quickly, but Robert “Bob” Chambers couldn’t call for help. Muscular dystrophy limits his movement, and the 51-year-old Spokane man’s phone was …


Two early morning fires keep crews busy

Crews with the Spokane Fire Department stayed busy Saturday morning as they fought two house fires that started within a couple hours of each other, including one that badly burned …


Crews use Gondola car for river rescue

Spokane rescue crews responded to the Monroe Street Bridge about 2:40 p.m. today for a report of a man in the river.


Male fire victim identified

Officials have identified the man who died in the downtown apartment fire where firefighters had to evacuate several residents Wednesday night. Louis J. Schopp, 59, died from smoke inhalation, according …


Officials identify fourth fire victim this week

Officials have identified the man who died at the downtown apartment fire where firefighters had to evacuate several residents Wednesday night.


Body found after downtown apartment fire

Cold, wet and hungry, Eileen Epps stood in the snow Wednesday night wondering where she would have dinner. She had planned on making a trip to the grocery store; instead …


Fire crews discover body at apartment fire

Spokane Fire Department personnel are on the scene of a multi-alarm fire at the Sherwood Apartments at 123 N. Bernard St. The building also houses the Suki Yaki Inn.


One of three Spokane fire victims identified

A cooking fire in a Spokane motor home led to the death of a 64-year-old man on Saturday night, Fire Chief Bobby Williams reported on Monday.


Deputy fire chief cut stirs furor

The Spokane City Council’s decision last week to cut a deputy fire chief position has angered administrators and Mayor Mary Verner. “It was not discussed with me. It was not …


Interns tackle problems that trigger non-emergency 911 calls

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer knew something had to change three years ago when he responded to a 911 call from an elderly woman in north Spokane. The woman’s husband …


Motorist dies in fiery crash

At least one motorist is dead after a pickup truck smashed into the back of a state snowplow Tuesday night and burst into flames, authorities said. Witnesses said the compact …


Fire damages Browne’s Addition apartment

A Sunday night fire at a Browne’s Addition apartment complex burned a single apartment and sent a firefighter who had breathing difficulties to a local hospital for evaluation.


Deal saves Spokane firefighting jobs

Spokane won’t lose a fire station and firefighters won’t face pink slips for 2011. The Spokane firefighters union voted last week to accept Mayor Mary Verner’s request to forgo raises …


Resident injured in house fire

A resident in the 500 block of East Princeton Avenue suffered minor burns in a Wednesday night house fire.


Spice sends four Shadle Park students to hospital

Four Shadle Park High School students were hospitalized Wednesday after smoking Spice – a substance that gives a marijuanalike high – the same day the Drug Enforcement Agency announced it …


South Perry market out in the cold again

Things didn’t go quite as planned last week, when the South Perry Farmers’ Market was supposed to move indoors for the winter at the Emmanuel Family Life Center on South …


Battalion chiefs’ pay soars with overtime

A plan aimed at cutting city spending to help balance the budget has become an unexpected windfall for some Spokane firefighters. Most of the Spokane Fire Department’s nine battalion chiefs …


Man jumps to his death from Riverfront Park bridge

A man climbed on top of the Howard Street Bridge in Riverfront Park about 2 p.m. Saturday and jumped into the Spokane River to his death.


Spokane fire chiefs’ overtime soars

A plan aimed at cutting city spending to help balance the budget has become an unexpected windfall for some Spokane firefighters. Most of the Spokane Fire Department’s nine battalion chiefs …


Candle apparently caused Halloween apartment fire

An unattended candle left burning in a second-floor unit of Houston House Apartments may have caused a fire that led to evacuation of 54 residents of the northeast Spokane complex.


Police: Man in standoff was suicidal and arguing with family

A police standoff with an unstable, armed man ended peacefully near Westview Elementary School in northwest Spokane on Thursday morning. The school canceled classes for the day. Police cordoned off …


Dangerous fire in Spokane apartment garage stopped

It took 28 firefighters and extra work to lay a hose line by hand before Spokane firefighters could stop a dangerous fire that started in an apartment garage and nearly …