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Care comes full circle: Spokane Valley firefighters assisted nurse, and she has returned the favor

A Spokane Valley Fire Employees Scholarship recipient in 2013, Alexis Skjelbred became a Spokane nurse a few years later. She’d once abandoned that dream after high school academic struggles. A …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Sprinklers contain commercial fire in Spokane Valley that originated near large oven

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a commercial fire at the Spokane Industrial Park Monday evening after a Powdertech employee smelled smoke inside their building. Spokane Valley Fire officials …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Insulation worker run over while helping retrieve stolen company vehicle in Spokane Valley

KHQ reported the man was securing a chain around an axle when he was run over. The driver of the tow truck didn’t realize the other man was still underneath …


Spokane Valley apartment fire injures two, kills a dog on Saturday night

A ladder company was needed to ventilate the roof at 210 S. Farr Road just after 7 p.m. Saturday. Six units were damaged in the blaze, believed to have been …


Rail car leaking water treatment chemical closes railroad spur line for cleanup

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a report of a hazardous materials spill Friday afternoon at at Kemira Water Solutions after a rail car was reported to be leaking …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Fire destroys Spokane Valley apartment unit, damages another

A fire destroyed a Cedar Chateau Estates apartment unit and damaged another Thursday afternoon. The residents of the damaged Spokane Valley apartment units were evacuated and investigators were working to …


2020 calendar highlights 80-year history of Spokane Valley Fire Department

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has put out a 2020 calendar full of historical photos and facts in honor of its 80th anniversary.


30-year incumbent faces challenge in race for Spokane Valley Fire Commission

A retired Spokane Valley railroad conductor is challenging a 30-year incumbent for his seat on the Spokane Valley Fire Board of Commissioners.


Spokane Valley fire commissioner candidates clash over communication, fire commissioner leadership

Candidate for the Spokane Valley Fire Commission Bradley Mertens said he hopes to improve communication and work with unions, while incumbent Patrick Burch said a fire commissioner’s first responsibility is …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Dozens of Lime scooters damaged in Spokane Valley warehouse fire

Dozens of damaged Lime scooters were piled outside of a Spokane Valley warehouse Monday morning following a fire that blackened the signature green frames and melted the plastic housing that …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Spokane Valley firefighters respond to separate fires at Oxford Suites, manufactured home Sunday night

More than 40 Spokane Valley Fire Department vehicles and a Spokane County Fire District 9 engine were dispatched between two full-response fires at a hotel and a manufactured home on …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

One person escapes Spokane Valley house fire

One person safely escaped a house that caught fire on the corner of East Sinto Avenue and North Greenacres Road in Spokane Valley on Tuesday afternoon.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

Spokane Valley fire crews extinguish early morning RV blaze

The fire was contained within 20 minutes and extinguished over the next several hours. No one was injured in the incident.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019

Spokane Valley fire commissioner tries to fend off two challengers for seat

A one-term incumbent Spokane Valley Fire commissioner is hoping to retain his seat, as a former city councilman and a first-time candidate challenge him.


UPDATED: Sun., July 14, 2019

Crews battle small brush fires throughout Inland Northwest on Sunday afternoon

At least three fires measuring less than 25 acres required firefighter response throughout the Inland Northwest on Sunday afternoon, one of which sent a gray plume of smoke up over …


Valley Fire sees thefts of brass caps from fire safety connection systems at area businesses

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has noticed a rash of thefts of brass fire caps from Fire Department Connection systems at businesses in Liberty Lake.


Spokane Valley acquires weighted blankets to help first responders calm people with autism

With claims that they help with sleep, anxiety and stress, Spokane first responders are using those calming effects to help people who have autism or are in crisis.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

Two people and a dog escape unharmed from Spokane Valley mobile home fire

Two people – and a dog – escaped unharmed from a raging mobile home fire Friday in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

Cutting torch starts fire in large scrap pile at Spokane Valley recycling yard

An employee at a metal recycling yard in Spokane Valley inadvertently started a large fire while using a cutting torch Monday afternoon.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

Business destroyed, two families displaced in Spokane Valley fire Friday morning

A Spokane Valley small business was destroyed Friday morning after a fire tore through an attic, displacing two families who lived in basement apartments.


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019

Last October firefighters installed smoke alarms in a Spokane Valley home; that investment saved lives when the home caught fire Wednesday night.

A fire at a Spokane Valley mobile home on Wednesday would have turned out much worse if firefighters wouldn’t have responded to the same house last year, for a non-fire …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Sparking car catches fire; flames spread to second vehicle

Two cars burst into flames Tuesday in Spokane Valley, but no one was hurt.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Spokane Valley paint store destroyed in Sunday night fire

A Spokane Valley paint store was completely destroyed Sunday night in a fire.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019

Voters approve levy for Spokane Valley Fire Department

Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a replacement levy for the Spokane Valley Fire Department that will fund salaries, equipment, fire engines and capital projects.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 10, 2019

Spokane Valley fire captain who died from toxic-smoke-related cancer remembered at funeral

Hundreds of friends and family gathered Saturday to honor retired Spokane Valley Fire Captain Tim Cruger at his funeral following a procession of emergency response vehicles.


Firefighters credit child’s quick action for saving family in Spokane Valley apartment fire

A family of three was displaced Wednesday evening after a fire tore through their Spokane Valley apartment.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

Two adults, two dogs displaced by house fire

Spokane Valley Firefighters responded to a house fire early Wednesday morning that displaced two people and two dogs. No one was hurt.


Former Spokane Valley firefighter fired in 2012 for religious emails awarded $900,000 settlement

Former Spokane Valley firefighter Jon Sprague, who was fired by the Spokane Valley Fire Department for sending religious emails through his work account, was awarded $900,000 in a settlement.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

Three firefighters hospitalized after encountering bug bombs in apartment

Three Spokane Valley Fire Fighters were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being exposed to chemicals from a bug bomb.


Spokane Valley voters asked to support $113 million fire department levy

The Spokane Valley Fire Department wants voters to approve a $113 million tax to help pay salaries, buy new fire engines, and build a new Barker Road fire station and …