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Blaze ousts residents, diverts traffic

Fire ripped through the upstairs of a South Hill apartment complex Wednesday, leaving nearly 30 people homeless. A firewall in the 10-unit building of the Regal Ridge apartments, 5111 S. …


South Hill apartment blaze displaces 29

Fire ripped through the upstairs of a South Hill apartment complex Wednesday, leaving nearly 30 people homeless.


Mobile home damaged in overnight fire

An early morning house fire has displaced a north Spokane family.


House damaged, two pets die in fire

A Spokane family was left homeless and the family’s pets dead Tuesday in a blaze that destroyed a northeast Spokane home. Spokane police officers were the first to arrive at …


Our View: City should have risked arbitration on chiefs’ pay

Old assumptions ought to be tested every so often to see if they’re still valid. Especially assumptions that keep us from acting prudently. At Spokane City Hall, for example, there …


Fire chiefs to get raises despite layoff concerns

Spokane city fire battalion chiefs will get raises over the next four years, despite concerns by some City Council members that the economy is forcing taxpayers to take cuts or …


Council OKs batallion chief raises

Spokane city fire battalion chiefs will get raises over the next four years, despite concerns by some City Council members that the economy is forcing taxpayers to take cuts or …


‘Pungent odor’ evacuates Spokane business

A Sprague Avenue business was evacuated Thursday after a worker dropped a glass vial and stomped on it before quickly leaving the building, according to the Spokane Fire Department.


Fire crews rescue woman trapped on second floor

Spokane firefighters rescued a 51-year-old Spokane woman from the second-floor balcony of her West Central home this morning after fire broke out trapping her at least 12 feet above ground.


City firefighter layoffs possible

Calls for fire service in Spokane have gone up, but the number of firefighters may be going down. Layoffs are possible, officials told Fire Department employees Tuesday during the biannual …


Council allocates federal, city money for firefighter equipment

Spokane leaders have set aside almost $1 million to buy equipment to help firefighters breathe inside burning structures. The Spokane City Council on Monday agreed to accept $736,000 in federal …


In brief: Four forced from home by attic fire

Four people were displaced Tuesday after an electrical fire ignited in the attic of their northwest Spokane home. The residents are unable to stay at 3914 W. Longfellow Ave. while …


Clothing near heater caused blaze

Spokane fire investigators determined clothes too close to a heater caused a blaze Saturday in a three-story apartment building, which displaced 26 residents until Tuesday. The building – with the …


In brief: Apartment fire forces evacuations

Spokane fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze that broke out at a three-story apartment building that forced almost 40 residents to evacuate late Saturday. There …


Pets retrieved from North Side house fire

Spokane fire crews were expected to stay overnight at the scene of a house fire on West Jackson Avenue that started with a loud explosion about 5 p.m. on Saturday. …


In brief: IRS refund stolen from purse

If you cash a big check in a public place, be discreet about where you put the money. That’s the reminder from the Spokane Police Department following the theft of …


Firefighters busy with gas leaks, roof collapses and fires

Gas leaks, roof collapses and fires have kept firefighters in Spokane County busy this morning.


Fire captain charged with felony

A captain in the Spokane Fire Department has been charged with a felony in connection with a Nov. 4 bar fight. Police say 53-year-old Ronald Clinger sped away from police …


Suspect flees bar stabbing

A Spokane fire captain sped away from police sirens and the scene of a stabbing at a Chattaroy restaurant early Tuesday, police say, with the primary suspect – his son …


Fire chief in it for the long haul

As the most college-educated chief in the Spokane Fire Department’s history, Bobby Williams has made some innovative changes, running the agency more like a business, his colleagues say. But as …


Use of rebreather mask restricted for firefighters

Spokane firefighters are under new orders to no longer use a so-called “anti-spitting” device like the one strapped to the face of Otto Zehm, who died two days after lapsing …


Firefighters union calls for AMR probe

The union representing Spokane firefighters issued a statement Tuesday calling for an external investigation into the relationship between American Medical Response and the Spokane Fire Department administration. The demand from …