A fire at a Sprague Avenue car dealership was quickly brought under control earlier this week.
Spokane Valley Fire Department units responded to a reported commercial structure fire at 5608 E. Sprague Avenue shortly after 1:15 pm Tuesday, said Melanie Rose, SVFD spokeswoman. First-responders observed smoke coming from the one-story commercial auto sales structure and upgraded the incident to a working fire, bringing more resources to the scene.
Firefighters took an offensive approach to the fire, working inside and outside the structure to quickly extinguish the fire. Due to safety concerns, firefighters waited for Avista to arrive and shut off power to the building before they completed their overhaul of the interior walls, insulation, ceiling and roof to make sure the fire was completely out.
Four employees of Independent Auto Sales were inside when the fire started. The owner was installing a new knob in the front office door when he heard popping and the electrical panel on the wall next to him caught fire.
Employees used a fire extinguisher to attempt to contain the fire, called 9-1-1 and evacuated the building.
A total of 14 apparatus, command and support vehicles responded to the scene, including Spokane Fire Department crews and the sheriff’s office for traffic control. No injuries were reported.
The fire was electrical in nature, although the specific cause is undetermined.
Damage to the insured building is estimated to be more than $33,000. Firefighters contained the fire to the office area and kept the fire from spreading to the interior auto bays.gue Ave., and public comment will be allowed on the proposals.