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Apartment complex blaze likely arson, official says

Firefighters are investigating arson as the possible cause of an apartment complex fire in Spokane Valley, an official said this morning.


Valley firefighters take training to ice

Pulling someone out of a partially frozen over lake isn’t something the Spokane Valley Fire Department does often. In the interests of being prepared, however, firefighters were on Liberty Lake …


Collapsed ceiling prompts call for firefighters

Firefighters freed a Spokane Valley man from a collapsed ceiling Tuesday. A woman called for help about 9 p.m. when a 16-by-20-foot section of plasterboard fell on her husband, trapping …


Red Cross assisting two families displaced by fire

The American Red Cross in Spokane is assisting two families burned out of their duplex units in a fire early today at 1322 S. Robin Hood Road in Spokane Valley.


Woman in serious condition after train crash

Spokane Valley firefighters provided advanced life support Tuesday when Maria L. Walsh’s minivan was broadsided by a train going 48 mph. But they didn’t have to cut apart the mangled …


Mother hospitalized after train smashes van

A woman who had just dropped off her child at an elementary school was broadsided by a train this morning as she drove her minivan in east Spokane County.


Hiker dies; crews go to propane, chimney fires

The past week was fairly slow for the Spokane Valley Fire Department, but one of the 170 calls was a fatal accident. Spokane Valley resident Stuart Anderson, 56, died around …


Nonemergency calls costly to fire department

Spokane Valley Fire Department patrons could save some cash by calling a plumber instead of the fire department when their toilets back up. Such calls are fairly common and sometimes …


Fire budget vote planned

Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners are to conduct a final hearing Monday and take action on a 2010 budget that calls for construction of a new station. Chief Mike Thompson …


Three homes burn in one day

Fires forced three Spokane Valley families out of their homes this week, but no one was seriously injured. Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford said three adults and two children may …


Man saves Spokane Valley family from house fire

A man on his way to work this morning alerted a family to a house fire that could have killed them, according to the Spokane Valley Fire Department.


Spokane Valley house fire displaces five

A passerby alerted five residents that their Spokane Valley home was on fire early this morning, fire officials said.


Broadway at Pines reopens after fire

Two structure fires in Spokane Valley had firefighters scrambling Tuesday morning.


Poor pizza prep brings fire department

With smoke coming out of an apartment Monday and no one responding to their knocks, Spokane Valley firefighters were just about to break down the door. Other tenants at the …


Valley Fire calls did not end too badly

The past couple of weeks has been a time of “did nots” for the Spokane Valley Fire Department. A chemical-leak scare at Honeywell Specialty Materials, 15128 E. Euclid Ave., didn’t …


Overnight Liberty Lake blaze hit timber, destroyed shed

A fire in timber and brush in an older section of Liberty Lake threatened to cause an evacuation of residents early today, but firefighters brought the blaze under control quickly …


Crews called to another smoldering flowerpot

The Spokane Valley Fire Department is having trouble convincing people that potted plants don’t make good ashtrays. A proper ashtray is fireproof, but potting soil burns because it contains wood …


Officer nabs suspects in fire hydrant spree

Thanks to an alert police officer, the Spokane Valley Fire Department was able close a night of hydrant mischief with arrests. Eleven fire hydrants were opened in the Greenacres and …


Fire empties Denny’s

A fire in a Denny’s restaurant men’s room was the biggest of eight structure fires reported to the Spokane Valley Fire Department in the past week. Assistant Fire Marshal Bill …


‘Unbearable’ odor was marijuana

After several weeks, a strange odor finally became “unbearable” for a Liberty Lake apartment dweller who called the Spokane Valley Fire Department for help. Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford said …


Combat veterans find therapy, support among peers

DEER LAKE, Wash. – As a Marine combat engineer, Jesse Bruce helped destroy the remnants of Saddam Hussein’s rule and restore infrastructure to war-torn Iraq. But after an enemy mortar …


Combat vets find support from peers

As a Marine combat engineer, Jesse Bruce helped destroy the remnants of Saddam Hussein’s rule and restore infrastructure to war-torn Iraq. But after an enemy mortar shell exploded in his …


Quick lift from air bags helps horse-trailer operator

The Spokane Valley Fire Department rescued a cat from inside a wall and gave some horses a lift in the past week. Firefighters used Kevlar air bags to lift a …


House fire traced to potted plant

An improperly discarded cigarette caused at least one fire in Spokane Valley last week and possibly two. Someone tried to put a cigarette out in a potted plant during the …


Fire razes house, speads to the neighbor’s attic

A Spokane Valley home was destroyed by fire last Saturday, killing a dog, and a home shop for an electrical business was razed Wednesday. The incidents were among 13 reports …


Love’s dying embers bring firefighters

Spokane Valley firefighters were called this week to deal with a burning love affair. Responding to a report of an illegal trash fire about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters found a …


Fire damages Spokane Valley law office

Fire damaged a law office on North Pines Road early today, but Spokane Valley firefighters were able to stop it from becoming a larger loss.


Officials report fire death, freeway fall

Spokane Valley firefighters dealt with a fatal incident and one that easily could have been fatal in the weekly reporting period that ended Wednesday night. Firefighters revived 64-year-old Sandra L. …


Firefighters remove ailing woman’s ring

Spokane Valley firefighters helped an elderly woman remove her wedding ring from a swollen finger in a relatively uneventful week. Deputy Fire Marshal Bill Clifford said the woman was suffering …


Preparing for fire season

With the arrival of summer weather, wildfires may not be far behind and Spokane Valley firefighters plan to be ready. They spent three days recently honing their skills and making …