A couple of early-morning fires Wednesday have Spokane Valley fire personnel wondering if there were any others that weren’t noticed or reported.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to have all residents within the area from Valleyway to Broadway avenues and from Vista to Sargent roads check their properties and report any extinguished fires that may have occurred.
“With two suspicious exterior fires starting in that neighborhood, we believe other fires may have been set and self-extinguished before developing into a major fire,” said Capt. Jeff Bordwell, department spokesman.
The first fire call came in shortly before 1:30 a.m., and crews responded to 8317 E. Alki. The 9-1-1 caller reported smoke and flames coming from the back of a home. Residents were told to evacuate.
With the arrival of the first unit, the response was upgraded to a working structure fire. Eight units responded, and the fire was knocked down quickly.
Soon after, a second fire was spotted about a block and a half to the east of the initial blaze. The second fire was located at 515 N. Sargent. Four vehicles responded from the first fire with additional crews dispatched.
Fire crews made an aggressive defensive attack on the garage, field and multiple unoccupied RVs located on the scene.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, with fire, smoke and water damage to the first residence. Losses a the second fire included one garage, multiple pickups and the recreational vehicles. Estimates on damages are about $250,000 from both fires.
The American Red Cross is currently assisting the displaced residences with their living arrangements.
Bordwell asks that anyone with any information or fire damage call Crime Check at 456-2233 or the Spokane Valley Fire Department at 928-1700 to report any suspicious activity from early Wednesday morning.
“The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to thank Spokane County Fire District 8, the city of Spokane Fire Department, Spokane County Fire District 9 and American Medical Response personnel for their support both on the scene and back-filling the district while we were kept busy with this significant event,” Bordwell said.