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UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

One hospitalized in Seattle following apartment fire on Spokane’s lower South Hill

One person remains hospitalized after an apartment fire Friday on the lower South Hill.


Plan to combine Spokane’s regional 911 call response draws rebuke from police, fire and clerical workers

Combining efforts to dispatch police and firefighters to incidents across the region could speed up response times and free up money in those departments for other efforts, city officials say. …


Spokane’s first black firefighter dealt with racist harassment for years on the force

Lawrence Goncalves stood inside the large bay doors of the Spokane Fire Department’s Station 1 and looked around. Somehow, even 30 years after his departure, things looked remarkably similar. “Back …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Fire crews unable to recover woman’s body from raging Spokane River

Spokane firefighters tried for several hours Tuesday morning to recover the body of a woman who reportedly jumped from the Monroe Street Bridge. Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the call …


Report finds harassment, bullying by 5 Spokane firefighters; accused push back on allegations

A 40-page report filed by the city’s Human Resources Department last month details allegations of verbal and sexual harassment by former leaders of the Spokane Fire Department’s Fire Station No. …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

City investigates bullying among employees of Spokane Fire Department

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer responded Tuesday to allegations of bullying, sexual harassment and hazing within the department that were exposed recently in a lengthy investigative report.


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 9:05 a.m.

Owner of charred Shogun Restaurant: ‘We have to rebuild’

Shogan owner Joseph Lee vows to rebuild his popular restaurant.


UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Police locate vehicle that plunged into Spokane River; no one believed to be inside

Spokane police don’t think anyone is inside a car that plunged into the Spokane River Saturday near Mission Park.


UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Early morning fire ravages Shogun Restaurant east of downtown

A sushi and hibachi restaurant in downtown Spokane’s east end was ravaged by fire Sunday morning.


Houses ravaged by fire in Spokane, Colbert

Two Spokane-area homes were ravaged by unrelated fires Monday morning.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Man falls through bathroom floor in ‘nuisance’ house in West Central neighborhood

As police arrived to drive out the occupants of a so-called “nuisance” house in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, a man fell through the bathroom floor and had to be rescued …


House fire near Hillyard displaces three adults

A north Spokane family was displaced after their home caught fire Saturday morning near Hillyard. Just before 8 a.m., crews with the Spokane Fire Department responded to the 1100 block …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 1:54 p.m.

Man arrested after allegedly firing shotgun in South Hill neighborhood

Reports of a man discharged a firearm in the vicinity of the 4100 block of South Altamont Street drew a heavy police presence Friday night.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 11:37 p.m.

Man rescued after long fall at Palisades Park

An 18-year-old man was rescued by the Spokane Fire Department on Friday after falling 150 feet into a cave at Palisades Park.


Spokane Fire Department air packs found to be clear of contaminants

Spokane firefighters may soon breath easy again after a recent round of testing determined there are no contaminants in the department’s air tanks.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 8:07 p.m.

Three injured in Hillyard house fire

A dog died and three people were injured in a house fire in Hillyard Tuesday night.


Wood stove blamed for Hillyard house fire

An improperly installed wood stove caused a house fire in Hillyard, according to the Spokane Fire Department.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

Child injured in Hillyard mobile home fire

A child was injured in a mobile home fire in Hillyard late Monday night.


Tests show lead in air equipment used by Spokane firefighters

Further rounds of testing have discovered lead in two now-decommissioned compressors used to supply Spokane firefighters with breathable air.


Spokane firefighters get new compressors to fill air tanks, amid concerns of lead contamination

The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of two new compressors to fill the air tanks of firefighters, after an odd smell prompted the department to take …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 7:52 a.m.

Investigation underway after contaminants found in Spokane Fire Department air compressors

The state is investigating Eastern Washington’s largest fire department after contaminants reportedly were found in firefighters’ air tanks.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 23, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Man faces charges for assaulting firefighters

A man is facing criminal charges after allegedly assaulting three firefighters Friday night, according to the Spokane Fire Department.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

North Spokane hair salon damaged in early-morning fire

A north Spokane hair salon went up in flames Thursday morning.


Replace a home’s older smoke alarms for safer sleeping

If your smoke alarm is older than 10 years, it’s past due for a replacement. Residents often don’t know that, along with several other newer standards for home fire safety …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

Firefighters battle blaze at window company in east Spokane

The Spokane Fire Department worked for several hours to knock down a commercial building blaze near Riverside Avenue and Helena Street.


Fire chief chosen for national program

Spokane Fire Department Chief Brian Schaeffer will join 20 other chiefs from around the country in a year-long development program for fire department leaders.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 1:10 p.m.

Man injured in Hillyard house fire

A man suffered minor burns from a late night house fire in Hillyard.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 6:46 a.m.

Spokane Fire Department selects first woman assistant chief

For the first time in city history, a woman will be in leadership of the the Spokane Fire Department


Family displaced after early morning house fire in East Central

A family in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood was displaced Sunday morning after a fire tore through their home.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 8:02 a.m.

Tuesday morning fire burns Hillyard building

Firefighters worked Tuesday morning to extinguish a blaze burning an abandoned nursing homein Hillyard.