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Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams to retire in January after 28 years at helm

The longest-serving fire chief in Spokane’s history will retire in January. Fire Chief Bobby Williams, who was named head of the Spokane Fire Department during Mayor Vicki McNeill’s administration, will …


Man injured in house fire in South Perry neighborhood

A man was taken to a local hospital Tuesday morning after his house caught fire in Spokane’s South Perry neighborhood.


Three-year-old boy, dog die in Hillyard house fire

A 3-year-old boy who died in a fire late Friday night in Hillyard was found huddled with his dog, who stayed by his side, and a teddy bear.


Firefighters tackle fire at Browne’s Addition apartment building

A ground floor fire in a Browne’s Addition apartment building led to a big response Friday morning.


Spokane Fire Department has hired one woman in the past 18 years, prompting calls for better recruitment

Bridget Blackmore is the only woman hired by the Spokane Fire Department in the past 18 years, a number reflective of other departments across the country as officials sound the …


Spokane assistant fire chief briefly named finalist for top job in Omaha

Spokane Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer was briefly named one of four finalists to be the next fire chief in Omaha, Nebraska, Wednesday before withdrawing his name from consideration


Two city workers hospitalized in Seattle after being burned at Spokane Waste-to-Energy Plant

Two workers were taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center after they were burned in an incident at the city’s Waste to Energy plant on Geiger Boulevard.


Spokane police, firefighters helping kids with autism get comfortable around first responders

Spokane police and firefighters regularly participate in a program to help kids on the autism spectrum develop positive relationships with first responders.


Occupants narrowly escape north Spokane house fire; four dogs die

Two people jumped from the second story of a north Spokane house fire early Sunday morning. Four dogs died in the blaze, the Spokane Fire Department said.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 4:37 p.m.

Fire crews investigating powdery substance at Spokane jail mail facility

Spokane Fire crews are investigating a white powdery substance that was discovered when an employee opened a letter at the City of Spokane property facility Wednesday afternoon.


Radio system failure left Spokane County fire, police without communication for three hours

The radio system for every first responder in Spokane County - fire, police and Washington State Patrol - abruptly went dead for three hours Wednesday night.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 8, 2016, 6:15 p.m.

Injured Spokane firefighter taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle

A Spokane firefighter who was seriously injured in Wednesday’s apartment-complex blaze has been transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, an official said Thursday.


Cyclist on fixed-gear bike plows headfirst into minivan

A cyclist was seriously injured Tuesday morning after plowing head-first into a minivan near the Gonzaga University campus.


Investigators search for cause of house fire on South Maple

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a late night house fire in the 1800 block of South Maple Thursday.


House damaged, garage destroyed in north Spokane fire

A fire in north Spokane destroyed a garage Wednesday afternoon in north Spokane. Firefighters were able to save the house, although it was damaged by the heavy smoke and flames …


Man critically injured in explosion was making hash oil, fire department says

A man making hash oil in the basement of his home was burned in a flash explosion Thursday and is in critical condition, according to the Spokane Fire Department.


Woman escapes house fire on Freya

A house in the 800 block of South Freya Street was heavily damaged by fire Thursday afternoon but a woman inside was able to get out safely.


Molotov cocktail suspect arrested

U.S. Marshals arrested a Florida man in Moses Lake last week after he allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at a house in East Central Spokane.


Fire scorches roof of Washington Cracker Co. building, prompting big response

The cause is officially undetermined, but scanner traffic suggested a wooden pallet caught fire when a piece of “highly polished” steel concentrated sunlight onto it.


Spokane fireworks ban scofflaws risk $1,000 ticket

As people start planning to celebrate the Fouth of July, the Spokane Fire Department is reminding people that fireworks are illegal in the city of Spokane and most of the …


Fire takes out Mead warehouse, damages antique cars

A fire ripped through a warehouse on a residential property in Mead early Wednesday, damaging about 20 antique cars in various stages of restoration.


Several apartments destroyed by fire in North Spokane

A 2-alarm fire destroyed several apartments in North Spokane Friday afternoon, leaving more than a dozen people without a place to stay.


100 years ago in Spokane: 2 firefighters still seriously ill after inhaling toxic fumes in downtown fire

From our archives, 100 years ago About 57 Spokane firefighters were still suffering from the effects of toxic fumes from a fire in a downtown pharmaceutical storeroom.


Nun saves sleeping man from fire

A nun saved a sleeping man from a house fire early Sunday morning after she banged on the door to wake him up.


Smoking barrel, vapor cloud shut down Spokane Valley transfer station

A unmarked barrel full of an unknown liquid shut down the Spokane County Transfer Station in Spokane Valley Tuesday afternoon when it began spewing a “strong vaporous fume cloud.”


Support for Spokane’s EMS levy still strong after second count

A second day of counting ballots shows that Spokane’s fire levy has maintained its strong support among voters. With more than 36,000 votes tallied, the levy is passing with nearly …


Spokane’s emergency medical services levy passing

Votersrenewed a long-running emergency medical services levy, Tuesday.


Ballots due on Tuesday in Spokane EMS levy election

Tuesday is the deadline to return ballots containing a renewal of a long-running emergency medical services levy in Spokane. The levy generates about $8 million annually for the Spokane Fire …


North Spokane home gutted by fire

A small house was gutted by fire Saturday evening in North Spokane amid worries that the man who lived there may have been trapped inside.


Special needs kids enjoy learning to rock climb in Spokane

Some couldn’t speak. Others eagerly asked for another turn. But all the disabled kids who came to a free rock wall climbing event at Wild Walls Saturday seemed to have …