The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Spokane Industrial Park on Monday morning.
Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 3808 N. Sullivan Building at 5:35 a.m., said Jeff Bordwell, department spokesman. The 9-1-1 caller reported arriving at work this morning and finding the building with smoke in it.
After calling 9-1-1 the person checked to make sure the building was empty. Then, told his fellow employees to remain outside the building. Upon firefighters arrival they found the 200-by-600-foot building full of smoke and proceeded to enter the building seeking the source of the smoke.
Nine Spokane Valley fire units with support apparatus and personnel responded and while investigating the scene found a milling machine smoldering from material found inside the equipment. This machine was found to have wooden and plastic parts in it that were found to be smoldering through the night causing the building to fill with smoke. The firefighters on scene opened up the machinery and applied some chemical extinguishers to the smoldering machine causing no further damage to the $25,000 machine.
The department also used natural and positive-pressure ventilation to allow the building to be cleared of smoke. Enabling the employees to enter the building and continue with their work day.
Bordwell thanked the 9-1-1 caller and this company’s employees for their swift action for making sure their building was evacuated, allowing the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s quick response and early success on identifying the cause of the smoke-filled building.