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Man found dead in house fire identified

A man found dead with his dogs after a house fire early Sunday has been identified. James L. Stowell, 46, died from smoke inhalation, although toxicology reports are still pending, …


Chism, an ex-firefighter, pleads not guilty to DUI

Former Spokane firefighter Todd Chism pleaded not guilty Monday to driving while intoxicated, just four months after he was charged with assaulting two Washington State Patrol troopers who were investigating …


Overnight house fire likely arson, investigators say

Spokane Fire investigators are saying a house fire at Pacific and Helena just east of downtown is likely an arson. The fire broke out Sunday night just before midnight.


Former Spokane firefighter Chism arrested

Former Spokane firefighter Todd Chism was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Chism was stopped about 2 a.m. Saturday after he allegedly drove the wrong way on …


North Side crash leaves five hurt

A collision shortly before 11 p.m. Friday at North Nevada Street and East Sharpsburg Avenue sent five people to hospitals. Witnesses told Spokane police they saw a northbound Honda Civic …


Fire destroys school play structure

A fire early today in the playground at Regal Elementary School at 2702 E. Rich Ave., destroyed a playground structure.


Abandoned home catches fire again

An abandoned home at 2217 E. Sprague Ave. caught fire Saturday for the second time this year.


Motel fire death deemed accidental

A fire that killed a 49-year-old woman at the Bel-Air 7 Motel in Spokane on Tuesday morning was caused by smoking in bed, officials said today.


Woman found dead in motel room

A woman was found dead in a smoke-filled motel room on East Sprague Avenue in Spokane on Tuesday morning.


Woman dies in motel fire on East Sprague

A woman was found dead in a smoke-filled motel room on East Sprague Avenue in Spokane this morning.


House fires reported in Spokane

A fire has been reported at a home on the west side of Spokane’s South Hill.


No one injured in pair of house fires

Spokane firefighters rescued a woman and her pet early Sunday from a fire that broke out at a home in Hillyard, and a fire later Sunday in the West Central …


Firefighters rescue man from river bank

Spokane firefighters trained in high-angle rescues pulled a man from the rocky bank of the Spokane River on Tuesday after he dropped about 20 feet down a cliff and was …


Crews work to pull injured man from Spokane River bank

Emergency crews conducted a technical rescue in the Spokane River downtown where a man reportedly fell.


Crews respond to fire near Liberty Park

Spokane Fire crews now have control of a brush fire on the east side of Liberty Park near Sixth and Magnolia.


Gas leak repaired near BNSF Railway center

A backhoe operator severed a one-inch natural gas line today next to the BNSF Railway operations center, but the line was repaired without evacuation of workers in nearby buildings, fire …


Motor home blaze also damages church

Fire crews are investigating the cause of a motor home blaze in northeast Spokane that also damaged an adjacent church early today, fire officials said.


Beacon Hill fire stopped, under investigation

Spokane firefighters are investigating the cause of a brush fire Monday on Beacon Hill in northeast Spokane that left five acres charred.


Crews responding to fire at Blockbuster on South Hill

A fire reported before noon today is under control, leaving the structure with minor smoke damage, a Spokane fire spokesman said.


Mom, infant escape

A young mother’s hair was singed Thursday when she and her 2-week-old baby escaped their burning home on West Kiernan Avenue. Sara Farrell, 22, and her daughter, Summerlyn Cope, were …


Woman, 2-week-old baby escape house fire

A young mother’s hair was singed this morning when she and her 2-week-old baby escaped their burning home on West Kiernan Avenue.


Boy started fire, officials say

A fire that injured a 5-year-old boy and several family members who attempted to rescue him from a burning northeast Spokane home was started when the boy lit a bed …


Rescued boy’s condition improves after house fire

A 5-year-old boy rescued by firefighters from a burning home on Friday has been upgraded to satisfactory condition, officials said.


Rescued boy’s condition improves after morning house fire

A 5-year-old boy rescued from a burning home in northeast Spokane has improved from critical to serious condition this afternoon at Sacred Heart Medical Center.


Apartment fire injures resident in northeast Spokane

Fire investigators this morning returned to the scene of a north Spokane apartment fire that injured a resident and drove two others out of their homes late Wednesday night.


Parked car on fire prompts probe

Flames from a burning car were doused Monday evening before they could spread to a nearby mechanic shop in downtown Spokane, authorities said.


Flames stopped before reaching mechanic shop

Flames from a burning car were doused Monday evening before they could spread to a nearby mechanic shop in downtown Spokane, authorities said.


Bear sighting clogs Indian Trail

Wildlife and fire department crews removed a black bear that wandered into a northwest Spokane neighborhood this afternoon.


Resident gets help after house fire

A home in the 5400 block of North Whitehouse Street was damaged by a fire Sunday, and the resident is being assisted by the Red Cross. The exact cause of …


Firefighter placed on unpaid status

Spokane firefighter Todd Chism was placed on unpaid layoff status Thursday pending the resolution of felony charges that he assaulted Washington State Patrol troopers in Stevens County last month. City …